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The ever watchful an­a­lysts at the Me­dia Re­search Cen­ter have caught the “Big Three” broad­cast net­works — ABC, NBC and CBS — play­ing some se­ri­ous hooky. They don’t seem to be much in­ter­ested in the midterm elec­tions now that Democrats are strug­gling to gain a foothold. That was not the story dur­ing another midterm sea­son when the Repub­li­cans were suf­fer­ing. Yes, there are num­bers.

The an­a­lysts found that on the ma­jor evening news­casts from Septem­ber 1 through Oc­to­ber 20 in 2006, the three net­works aired 159 cam­paign sto­ries.

“But dur­ing the same time pe­riod this year, those same news­casts have of­fered a pal­try 25 sto­ries, a six-to-one dis­par­ity,” say Kyle Dren­nan and Rich Noyes, who did the count­ing, and deem the phe­nom­e­non a “black­out” of the news.

They puz­zle over ABC’s “World News Tonight” in par­tic­u­lar, which has yet to fea­ture even a sin­gle men­tion of this year’s cam­paign. Eight years ago, the pro­gram aired 36 sto­ries.

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