The country’s “big three” news networks devoted less than 50 seconds, combined, to new Congressional hearings on Benghazi Thursday, according to a report by the Media Research Center.
NBC and CBS refused to cover the hearings at all, while ABC gave the story 46 seconds. As MRC noted, that ABC’s World News at least covered the story is noteworthy, considering it was the only network to do so. However, the 46 seconds was less than half of what it spent on the U.S. Olympic speedskating suits.
The story it did air also left one point for the reader to infer, at least according to MRC:
World News quoted retired Air Force Brigadier General Robert Lovell, at the U.S. Africa Command headquarters during the attacks, telling Congress that the military “should have done more” to respond. ABC also included the White House’s response that according to top military brass, no units were close enough to respond. What ABC didn’t include was Lovell’s implied answer to that excuse: “The point is we should have tried.”