CBS Exposes 'the New Solyndras'; Will ABC and NBC Cover?
According to a CBS News investigation, the controversial government loan to now-bankrupt Solyndra wasn't an isolated incident. CBS This Morning reporter Sharyl Attkisson explained, "We identified 11 green energy companies beside Solyndra that, together, got billions of tax dollars then declared bankruptcy or are suffering other serious financial issues."
A CBS graphic blared, "The New Solyndras." Co-host Charlie Rose touted this scoop as one "you'll only see on" CBS." It will be interesting to see if ABC and NBC follow up on the investigation's findings that there is "a pattern of the government pouring your tax dollars into clean energy." Attkisson exposed a $43 million loan to a "dismal" green energy company and another linked to Harry Reid.
She explained, "Documents obtained by CBS News show Standard & Poor's had confidentially given the project a dismal outlook of triple C-plus."
Attkisson implicated Reid in the developing story: "Nevada Geo-Thermal, a home state project personally endorsed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, warns of potential defaults in new S.E.C. filings reviewed by CBS News."
She added, "It was already having trouble paying the bills when it received $98.5 million in Energy Department loan guarantees."
It should also be pointed out that Friday's story was the network's first Solyndra-related segment in eight weeks. Also, the story avoided references to Barack Obama specifically. However, if CBS can cover scandals related to green jobs, why can't ABC and NBC?
A transcript of the January 13 segment, which aired at 7:12am EST, follows: