“Are media buying into ‘phony scandal’ claim?”
“…on the IRS targeting scandal, both…Obama…and the mainstream media took that controversy…seriously when it broke… MSNBC’s Chris Hayes called the selective screening of conservative groups a “genuine abuse of power” at the time.
Fast forward two months. …on the Big Three network news channels — NBC, CBS, and ABC — the number of stories on the IRS scandal has plummeted.
The evening and morning shows did 96 stories in the first two weeks… The coverage steadily disappeared, and between June 28 and July 24, the center recorded “zero stories” on the matter.
When a major development broke last week — testimony by a retired IRS worker that an Obama appointee was involved in the screening process — only CBS Evening News gave the issue a mention.
Brent Bozell, founder of the Media Research Center, and other conservative leaders issued a statement…decrying the…blackout.
“No fair, objective journalist can look at the facts of this flagrant abuse of power and not conclude that it is a massive political scandal deserving of constant, merciless scrutiny,” they said in a statement. MRC has leveled similar criticism at CNN.
…before Obama…began…the “phony scandal” line, … media outlets…were making that case. Salon published an article on the IRS issue earlier this month asserting that, in the end, “the entire scandal narrative was a fiction.””