Report: Networks Ignore New IRS Documents

Judicial Watch bombshell ignored by network news

The release of emails that show “extensive pressure on the IRS by Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) to shut down conservative leaning organizations,” didn't warrant any mention on the major network morning shows, according to a report by the Media Research Center.

Wednesday, government watchdog group Judicial Watch released emails that showed "officials in the IRS headquarters were responsible for the illegal delays of Tea Party applications,” according to Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton. The documents released by Judicial Watch Wednesday include a letter to IRS officials from Sen. Levin in which he "singles out" 12 groups he'd like to see investigated for "political activity." The documents also indicate that IRS attention toward conservative groups originated from its DC office, rather than the Cincinnati branch. 

None of that was interesting enough for the network morning shows, though. Instead, as MRC notes, they devoted significant time to another political story:

While the networks refused to cover the new revelations in the IRS scandal they did devote a total of 11 minutes (ABC: 4 minutes,19 seconds; CBS: 4 minutes, 19 seconds; NBC: 4 minutes, 8 seconds) to defending Hillary Clinton from Republican attacks on their Wednesday evening and Thursday morning shows.