‘Big Three’ news networks lose interest in IRS scandal

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Of all the scandals swirling around the Obama administration, the IRS abuse of conservative groups was deemed to be the worst of them all, with even the media in agreement here.

As Media Research Center informs us, NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell counted it as among the “most outrageous excesses I’ve seen,” and Chris Matthews predicted it could be worth “five or 10 points” for Republicans in the next midterm elections.

Oh, what a difference a few weeks makes in Washington, D.C.

When the IRS scandal broke, the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) news networks were all over the story, covering it a total of 96 times in the first two weeks. But after those two strong weeks, according to MRC, the broadcast networks lost interest in the scandal, and the coverage slowed to a crawl — just 31 stories in the subsequent weeks.

This week, the networks have run only one story (June 11 on ABC’s Good Morning America) on the IRS scandal.


Which means if you are among the misguided that thought the IRS targeting of conservative groups may be the one issue that would have a lasting impact on President Obama, then you are set for disappointment.

Altogether CBS ran the most stories (49) on the IRS scandal. NBC had the second most stories (44) and ABC finished last (34).

Read more at Media Research Center



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