Norah O’Donnell’s first CBS Evening News newscast leads with story acknowledging Trump’s tweets are racist

SPOILER ALERT: As of the publishing of this blog post, today’s edition of the CBS Evening News may have not yet aired in some parts of the country.


Thanks to switching satellite television providers a few days ago, I was able to watch the first CBS Evening News newscast with Norah O’Donnell as the CBS Evening News anchor and managing editor. I’m going to write a brief review of my thoughts about the revamped CBS Evening News.

I could tell from the very first story that O’Donnell has a far better ability to command viewers’ attention than her predecessor, Jeff Glor. Also, in describing the first story to air on the CBS Evening News, this is how O’Donnell introduced the story:

Good evening. It’s good to be with you. We begin with breaking news in Washington. Four Democratic Congresswomen of color have just spoken publicly as a group for the first time about the racist tweets aimed at them by the President of the United States. President Trump continued his attacks at the White House today, again inviting these Congresswomen to leave the country, and CBS News has learned that Speaker Nancy Pelosi has met with her leadership team tonight to discuss a House resolution denouncing the President’s language. Republican leadership in Congress, well, they’ve been noticeably, noticeably silent. White House Correspondent Weijia Jiang begins tonight’s war of words.

Norah O’Donnell, CBS Evening News (Eastern Time/Central Time version), July 15, 2019

You read that correctly. Norah O’Donnell, the new anchor and managing editor for the CBS Evening News, publicly acknowledged that the tweets that President Donald Trump has directed towards U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ilhan Omar (DFL-MN), collectively known as The Squad, are racist. The story was about Trump sending out a series of racist and xenophobic tweets telling members of The Squad to go back to their home countries, even though three of them (Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley, and Tlaib) are natural-born U.S. citizens, and Omar fled Somalia with her family to seek a better life here in America and became a naturalized U.S. citizen.

Make no mistake about it, Trump has a long history of being a racist, and I’m grateful that Norah O’Donnell