Unlike her colleagues at the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks, investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson, on Tuesday night, actually dug into the finer points of the big bombshells revealed in the IRS scandal this week. Invited on Fox Business Network’s Lou Dobbs Tonight to discuss the revelations of a Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyer confirming the existence of Lois Lerner’s “missing” e-mails and the IRS’s destruction of her Blackberry (stories the networks through Wednesday morning have yet to touch) Attkisson also did a great job of explaining the conflict of interest going on at the DOJ.
Wednesday’s morning shows on ABC and NBC ignored the latest details of the growing scandal engulfing the Veterans Affairs department. Only CBS bothered to report on the story, allowing a scant 20 seconds. This Morning co-anchor Gayle King revealed, “USA Today says the VA scandal now includes obstruction of justice allegations. Ninety three health care facilities are being investigated by the VA’s inspector general.” She added that the “Justice Department and FBI are joining this probe.”
As news broke on Tuesday of Burger King buying Tim Hortons and moving its corporate headquarters to Canada, the broadcast networks quickly adopted the liberal talking point that the fast food chain was being unpatriotic by avoiding high U.S. tax rates. On Tuesday’sABC World News, anchor Diane Sawyer proclaimed: “Burger King, home of the Whopper, accused of doing something a lot of Americans question, defecting. Heading north of the border to Canada and saving a lot of tax money.” On Wednesday’s Today, correspondent John Yang touted “a whopper of a controversy” over the move and announced: “…just the idea of moving the headquarters to Canada has some once-loyal Burger King subjects ready to revolt….On Burger King’s Facebook page, nearly 5,000 posts, most critical. ‘You abandon the America that made you and we will abandon you.'”
Ever since fast food chain Burger King announced its desire to purchase Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons, CBS has done its best to play up the supposed backlash the company will face as it moves its headquarters overseas to lower its tax burden. On Wednesday morning, following the news that billionaire investor Warren Buffett is helping finance the merger, CBS This Morning made sure to hit Buffett from the left with fill-in anchor Anthony Mason going so far as to proclaim that “somebody once said Warren Buffett is a capitalist before he’s a patriot.”
On his show Monday night, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly declared that MSNBC host and Ferguson, Missouri activist Al Sharpton “has become so controversial in America that it’s hard to explain how a news agency, NBC, can even have him on the payroll.” Mediabuzzhost Howard Kurtz agreed, labeling Sharpton’s employment with the network “a travesty.” Kurtz pointed to Sharpton “delivering a pretty political speech at the funeral” of Michael Brown and being “the go-to guy for the Obama White House on Ferguson,” proclaiming: “It is amazing to me, this just reeks that MSNBC thinks this is acceptable.” Moments later, O’Reilly concluded: “I believe that Sharpton almost single-handedly has corrupted NBC News.”