NBC (National Barack Channel) swallows pride and a lot of crow to report on Fast and Furious scandal

By  via Fox News

Big Gulps might be on the way out in New York, but not at 30 Rock, the home  of NBC News. There, the big gulp happened last night as network newsies were  forced to swallow their pride and report on the deadly “Fast and Furious” scandal as Attorney General Eric Holder testified on Capitol Hill.

This  was the first time the network had covered “Fast and Furious” though the scandal  dates back more than a year. For a whole year, stubborn, Obama-supporting  network news execs probably thought the whole embarrassing episode would  disappear. When it finally didn’t, NBC covered it as you might expect – poorly  and with spin.

Anchor Brian Williams set up the piece and the GOP at the  same time. “In Washington today, Attorney General Eric Holder took heavy fire  from Republican critics in a Senate hearing and calls for his resignation are  growing louder, but Democrats contend it’s all about politics in an election  season.” Viewers could easily note what seemed to be disdain in his voice when  Williams mentioned the idea of “resignation,” but then again, he was probably  just upset and resigned to doing the story.

Correspondent Kelly O’Donnell  then took over, repeating the Williams theme that this was all about a  Republican ax to grind. — And certainly never about an American border agent  being killed by guns that Holder did everything but Fed-Ex to Mexican drug  lords. — Williams and O’Donnell mentioned Republicans seven times and Democrats  just twice because this was a “long simmering conflict between Republicans and  Attorney General Eric Holder.”

Just in case you missed it, it’s just  politics to NBC: “Republicans leveled a series of accusations – the latest over  national security leaks – that Republicans allege could involve senior Obama  administration officials.” “Holder refused Republican demands for an outside  special counsel.” “Another controvery? Republicans claim Holder has misled and  refused to cooperate with Congress’s investigation of a failed operation that  sent US guns into Mexico codenamed ‘Fast and Furious.’”

Bitter much?  Maybe NBC is tired of being stomped by competitor CBS News worse than watching a  skateboarding competition between Tony Hawk and Williams. Even then, no matter  how bad Williams would do, at least he’d have to show up. And that’s something  NBC was incapable of managing for more than a year.

Ironically, NBC did  have a few mentions of term “fast and furious” during the past year, just none  of them actually referred to the scandal. In one, “Today” co-host Ann Curry told  viewers that reaction to a Dugar family baby announcement was “fast and  furious.”

Perhaps network execs will learn there is fallout from such  disdain for an important story by their audience. In the future, when they  ignore stories because of their agenda, maybe that reaction will be “fast and  furious,” too.

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Dan Gainor is the Boone Pickens Fellow and the Media Research Center’s Vice President for Business  and Culture. He writes frequently for Fox News Opinion. He can also be  contacted on Facebook and Twitter as  dangainor.

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