Charles Krauthammer says the upcoming contempt of Congress vote in the House of Representatives will force the mainstream media to cover the Fast & Furious scandal:
Tonight, the Big Three news networks–ABC, CBS, and NBC–covered today’s explosive Fast & Furiousdevelopments with sharply contrasting approaches. CBS News put together an informative and satisfying report while ABC and NBC spun and downplayed the story to minimize harm to the Obama administration.
ABC World News started tonight with the absolute most important story of the day–a heat wave in the northeast! Then there was talk of a brand new flood zone.
The Fast & Furious scandal and President Obama’s first-ever invocation of executive privilege received only third-highest priority during ABC’s broadcast.
Brian Williams did not look happy at the beginning of NBC Nightly News tonight, and I don’t blame him. The House Oversight Committee voted Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt. This meant the controversy was, for the second time ever, too large for him to deny its newsworthiness.
Though Fast & Furious was the lead story for Nightly News, it was full of spin and jabs against Republicans. According to Mr. Williams, “Washington has blown up into a caustic partisan fight, and a showdown is coming over the power of the American president.” Mr. Holder was not found in contempt because of executive privilege. He was found in contempt for withholding documents.
Never misunderestimate the ability of the mainstream media to carry the water for a Democrat in the White House.