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‘Phony scandal’ update: 3 out of 4 Sunday shows ignore latest IRS revelations

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By Doug Powers  •  April 14, 2014 09:58 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

The lack of focus on the IRS “phony scandal” shouldn’t be surprising anymore, and yet, it never ceases to amaze:

Over the last seven days, three major revelations have emerged surrounding the IRS’ targeting of Tea Party groups. Despite the new stories, on Sunday April 13, three of the four Sunday interview shows on the broadcast networks — NBC’s Meet the Press, CBS’s Face the Nation and ABC’s This Week — all ignored them, whereas Fox News Sunday was the only broadcast network program to mention the IRS at all.

Proof-positive of Fox News’ anti-liberal bias!

Apparently ABC, NBC and CBS didn’t think their viewers would have an interest in any of this:

On Wednesday April 9, The Washington Times revealed that a Dallas IRS office was covered with Vote for Obama stickers and engaging in campaign cheerleading. On the same day, The Hill broke a story revealing that Lois Lerner fed tax information to Elijah Cummings (D-MD) who sits on the committee in charge of overseeing the IRS investigation. And finally, the House Ways and Means Committee voted last week to refer Lois Lerner for criminal charges, yet the big three didn’t mention any of these stories on Sunday.

Yawn!

To repeat one of the most egregious examples of bias-by-omission yesterday, Bob Schieffer’s guest was Elijah Cummings, the ranking Dem on the House Oversight Committee who emails suggest was fed information by Lois Lerner about a conservative organization seeking tax-exempt status. Number of questions from Schieffer to Cummings in regards to that? Zero.

Part of Fox News’ Sunday morning coverage of the IRS story included asking why other media outlets aren’t covering the story. Wallace asked an AP reporter about the lack of IRS coverage:

When questioned on Fox News Sunday by Chris Wallace, the Associated Press’ Julie Pace defended the lack of IRS coverage, explaining that “We don’t have a lot to work with.“ Fox News contributor Brit Hume shot her down and argued that “The same set of facts…would have touched off in previous days a media firestorm. What we had was kind of a campfire in most of the media, which was doused before very long, and the story has been basically dormant.”

“We don’t have a lot to work with.” What’s that mean? The White House lost their email address?

**Written by Doug Powers

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