Suppressing Obama's Solyndra Scandal; MRC Analysis Finds TV Networks Hyping Enron 24 Times More than Solyndra Fiasco
Alexandria, VA – 'Three broadcast networks are providing virtually no coverage of the Solyndra scandal, a solar energy firm that went bankrupt after getting more than $500 million in taxpayer money from the Obama administration' which lies in direct contrast to how these same networks covered the collapse of Enron according to a new Media Research Center analysis.
Since its August 31, 2011 bankruptcy filing, Solyndra was covered in only eight news stories by ABC, CBS and NBC's evening newscasts. By stark comparison, these same newscasts cranked out 198 stories on Enron, an energy company with Republican ties, in the first two months of 2002 — a 24-to-1 disparity.
MRC President Brent Bozell says the networks are deliberately dismissing the scandal:
'ABC, CBS and NBC are aiding and abetting in the cover-up of an outrageous scandal linked directly to Obama and his failed economic policies. Even the uber liberal New York Times could not ignore this outrage, spotlighting it on their front page this weekend. Yet these networks are intentionally minimizing coverage to avoid reporting the failure and scandal that resulted under Obama's watch for the same stimulus package they hailed in 2009.
'What further compounds the hypocrisy of ignoring this scandal is the excessive, glowing coverage these same networks are giving the Occupy Wall Street protests. While they gather to oppose 'corporate greed,' the media quietly dismiss the most outrageous scandal in years – and financed by their taxpaying dollars.'
Click here to read the full analysis, complete with statistics and graphics showing the disparity in coverage.