1. Nothing To See Here: ABC, CBS and NBC’s Sunday Shows Ignore Latest In IRS Scandal 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 — NBCs Meet the Press, CBSs Face the Nation and ABCs This Week — all ignored them, whereas Fox News Sunday was the only broadcast network program to mention the IRS at all.
2. APs Julie Pace: Media Not Covering IRS Scandal Because We Don’t Have a Lot To Work With
Last week, the House Oversight Committee asked the Justice Department to seek criminal charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner. Despite the newest revelations in the IRS scandal, the Associated Press Julie Pace attempted to excuse the lack of media coverage.Appearing as a panelist on Fox News Sunday on April 13, Pace, AP’s White House correspondent, argued: If you are going to keep the story going and you want to keep the investigation going, eventually there has to be some material there to work with. And we’re in this period of time where we don’t have a lot to work with. Pace seemed to be the only guest to downplay the seriousness of the IRS scandal, with Brit Hume complaining about the lack of media attention the story has received: “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.”
3. CBSs Bob Schieffer Interviews Democrat Elijah Cummings, Ignores His Relationship With Lois Lerner
Earlier this week, Town Hall revealed that former IRS official Lois Lerner fed tax information from the conservative group True the Vote to Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD). Cummings is the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, and recently made headlines for his confrontation with Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) over Lois Lerners recent testimony before the committee. Despite this new report, CBS Bob Schieffer failed to bring up the IRS scandal at all during his interview with Cummings on Face the Nation on Sunday April 13. Instead, Schieffer found time to discuss liberals newest talking point, that women get paid less than their male counterparts.
4. CBS Host Bob Schieffer: Are Republicans Against Equal Pay for Women?
CBS Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer forwarded the liberal line that women get paid 77 percent of what their male counterparts earn as was evident during an interview with Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). Blackburn appeared with Schieffer on Sunday April 13 and was accused of being against equal pay: Are Republicans against equal pay for women and is that going to be a good political issue in these coming midterm elections? For her part, Blackburn shot back and mocked Schieffers condescending question: “I find this war on women rhetoric just almost silly. It is Republicans that have led the fight for women’s equality. Go back through history and look at who was the first woman to ever vote, elected to office, go to Congress.” The CBS host seemed shocked that Senate Republicans blocked a bill that did nothing to prevent pay discrimination, which is already illegal, presuming the specific law pushed by liberals is the only solution: Why did the Senate Republicans then block blocked this?
5. ABC Hypes IRS’s Help Line Wait Times, Smaller Budget; Yawns at Criminal Referral for Lerner
On Friday’s World News, ABC’s David Kerley pressed I.R.S. Commissioner John Koskinen about taxpayers who are unable to “get an answer as to how much they’re supposed to pay,” due to long wait times on the agency’ help line. However, Kerley didn’t bother to ask Koskinen about the House Ways and Means Committee’s Wednesday vote to refer former IRS official Lois Lerner to the Justice Department for prosecution, over alleged targeting of Tea Party groups for auditing. In fact, as of Friday, none of the Big Three evening newscasts have covered the House committee’s criminal referral, nor the House Oversight Committee voting on Thursday to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress.
6. Media: Hillary Shoe-Thrower ‘Frightening’; Bush Shoe-Thrower A ‘Folk Hero’
On Friday, all three network morning shows fretted over a woman throwing a shoe at Hillary Clinton during a speaking event in Las Vegas. NBC Today co-host Tamron Hall was particularly melodramatic: “I mean, but how scary is that?…Had it hit her, that would have been awful. It would have been awful.” Weatherman Al Roker added: “Jeez, that’s frightening.” Hall declared: “It’s hard for me to watch, actually.” The shoe was on the other foot in 2008, when an Iraqi journalist threw two shoes at then-President George W. Bush during a Baghdad press conference. At that time, ABC and CBS referred to the shoe-thrower as a “celebrity” and “folk hero” who “thrilled the Arab world.” In 2009, then-MSNBC host David Shuster actually cheered the release of the footwear assailant from prison. Tamron Hall happened to be on the show at the time and observed that people would have been “more outraged” if someone threw a shoe at President Obama.
7. ABC Apologizes for Story That Connected Mozilla CEO to Hateful Westboro Baptist
ABC News Vice President Jeffrey Schneider has apologized for a story on his network that connected a CEO who supports traditional marriage to the Westboro Baptist Church and their offensive “God hates fags” signs. Mr. Schneider contacted the Media Research Center on Thursday after our social media department requested members call and complain about the comparison. Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich was fired earlier this month when it was revealed that he donated $1000 in 2008 to Proposition 8. As Good Morning America reporter Linzie Janis explained the story on April 4, footage of the completely unrelated Westboro protesters holding “soldiers died 4 fag marriage” signs appeared onscreen. ABCNews.com offered this apology.
8. CBS Touts Showtime’s ‘Groundbreaking,’ ‘Well-Done’ New Series Hyping Climate Change
Friday’s CBS This Morning set aside almost six and a half minutes of air time to promote Showtime’s upcoming series about climate change, which features liberal New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman and CBS’s Lesley Stahl. Charlie Rose heralded the “groundbreaking new documentary series,” and let Friedman spotlight Arab environmentalists, who supposedly “understand that there’s no Shiite air or Sunni air. If we don’t protect the commons, nobody’s going to breathe.”