Monday, September 26, 2011

Journalism Fail: ABC and NBC fail to mention Solyndra executives took the 5th at Congressional hearing


CBS gave the story a mere 25 seconds. There is nothing to see here. Please move along.
Appearing Friday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, the CEO and CFO of Solyndra both invoked their fifth amendment right against self-incrimination.

But instead of highlighting the cover-up in the scandal of the $535 million federal loan trumpeted by the Obama administration to the solar panel manufacturer which went bankrupt, neither ABC nor NBC mentioned the development Friday night and CBS allocated a mere 25 seconds.

ABC’s World News, however, found time to fact check what Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry said during Thursday night’s debate and how no candidate condemned audience members who booed a soldier in Iraq posing a question via YouTube. NBC Nightly News viewers saw a laudatory full story on President Barack Obama’s decision to allow schools to op-out of “No Child Left Behind.” And Brian Williams devoted as much time – 25 seconds – to the illegible signature of OMB Director Jacob Lew as Pelley used for his Solyndra item.

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