The Today show on
Friday continued to ignore an embarrassing example of government waste
during Barack Obama's tenure. ABC, CBS and NBC's Nightly News, however, have all highlighted the extravagant $823,000 spent for a General Services Administration conference in Las Vegas in 2010.
On Friday's Good Morning America, Jake Tapper pointed out that "one year after President Obama" admonished bailed out bankers to not "take a trip to Las Vegas," employees "at the GSA were doing just that." In contrast, when the Nightly News reported on the story on Monday, reporter Lisa Myers only mentioned that the "White House is angry" at the revelations.
pointed out the absurdity of the situation: "And I don't want to get
into the whole definition of irony, but this is the government agency
tasked with minimizing government costs. And that doesn't seem to be
what went on here."
He explained that the conference included such things as "$3,200 on a mind-reader/motivational speaker and more than $6,300 for coins in velvet boxes."
On CBS This Morning, Friday, Erica Hill reported the story in a news brief, but made no mention of the President.
On Wednesday, CBS reporter Bill Plante did mention Obama, saying that he was "outraged." However, Plante sympathetically noted, "[Obama] actually started a program with the Vice President in charge to cut government waste. The President even asked agencies to review money spent on conferences."
At least Plante allowed that Mitt Romney would bring the issue up, asserting, "You can expect to hear plenty about it on the campaign trail. It's all sort of falls into the category of you can`t make it up."
What did Today find time for instead? The morning time managed extensive coverage of Kim Kardashian.
A transcript of the April 6 GMA segment, which aired at 7:07am EDT, follows: