Geoffrey Dickens, media research center
At this point it might take a dead body to get the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks to give the IRS-Tea Party scandal any sort of real coverage.
Huge developments in the last week – like IRS official Lois Lerner receiving a criminal referral from the House Ways and Means Committee and e-mails proving she fed tax information on a targeted group to the staff of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D) – were completely censored by ABC and NBC news. Only a 90 second report on Thursday’s CBS This Morning kept last week’s revelations from being totally blacked out on the Big Three networks.
In the last seven days the following IRS scandal developments have emerged:
■ The House Ways and Means Committee voted to refer former IRS official Lois Lerner for criminal charges.
■ E-mails proved Lerner fed tax information to Cummings’s office about voter fraud prevention group True the Vote.
■ E-mails showed Lerner talked about taking a job with Barack Obama’s advocacy group Organizing for Action – while she was investigating non-profit applicants.
■ A Dallas IRS office was found to be covered with Vote for Obama stickers and engaged in campaign cheerleading. An IRS employee in Kentucky was suspended because he told a taxpayer that Republicans were “going to take women back 40 years…if you vote for a Republican, the rich are going to get richer and the poor are going to get poorer.”