Kurtz: Media Makes 'Wrong Call' With Lack of Coverage of Return of US Soldiers' Remains
Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz called out the mainstream media for mostly failing to cover a Hawaii ceremony where the remains of 55 U.S. soldiers killed in the Korean War returned home.
Fox News broadcast the entire event live Wednesday night, including a speech by Vice President Mike Pence, with Pete Hegseth conducting a sit-down interview with Pence that aired Thursday on "Fox & Friends."
"I spoke to the president shortly after the ceremony, and I told him I'm not sure he's given me a greater honor," Pence told Hegseth.
Sandra Smith noted that CNN covered the event for only 58 seconds, while MSNBC did not cover it live.
Kurtz said he viewed the decision as the "wrong call," emphasizing that the return of the remains has larger implications when it comes to the nuclear negotiations with North Korea.
"You can’t overstate the emotional significance of these presumed remains of American fighting soldiers coming home 65 years after the Korean War ended," he said.
The return of the remains was agreed upon between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their meeting in June.
On the evening newscasts Wednesday night, the ceremony was mentioned on ABC News for 24 seconds, while NBC and CBS did not report on it.
Pence said the mainstream media "would do well to spend a little bit more time traveling across this country and listening to the American people."
Kurtz said he agreed that the media appear to be "out of touch," but President Trump also drives the coverage with his tweets about the Mueller probe.
Watch the discussion above.