The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

In the past two weeks, 20 mil­lion peo­ple tuned in to the broad­cast net­works to wit­ness the bom­bas­tic po­lit­i­cal the­ater that ac­com­pa­nied the fed­eral debt-ceil­ing de­bate, the gov­ern­ment shut­down and Oba­macare. And what did they dis­cover on ABC, CBS and NBC? Oh-h-h. Repub­li­cans bad. Repub­li­cans to blame for ev­ery­thing.

A new Me­dia Re­search Center study re­views each net­work’s evening news­cast from the first day of the shut­down on Oct. 1 through the last night be­fore a deal was an­nounced.

“Of the 124 full sto­ries and brief items about the shut­down or the pend­ing debt-ceil­ing dead­line, 41 blamed Repub­li­cans or con­ser­va­tives for the im­passe, 17 blamed both sides, and none specif­i­cally blamed Democrats,” sighs Rich Noyes, re­search di­rec­tor for the watch­dog group.

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