NET­WORKS ‘DIS­CARD’ E-MAIL STORY

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Some still won­der what hap­pened to cov­er­age of Hil­lary Clin­ton’s pri­vate email sys­tem dur­ing her ten­ure as Sec­re­tary of State. The story has vir­tu­ally dis­ap­peared on the broad­cast net­works ac­cord­ing to a new anal­y­sis which finds that the “e-mail scan­dal” gar­nered just un­der four min­utes on ABC, CBS, NBC — about 30 sec­onds a day — dur­ing the week Mrs. Clin­ton an­nounced her pres­i­den­tial in­ten­tions.

This contrasts to cov­er­age when the news of the emails first broke in early March; the Big Three net­works of­fered 125 min­utes of air­time dur­ing the first two weeks of rev­e­la­tions, says Ge­of­frey Dick­ens, a Me­dia Re­search Cen­ter an­a­lyst who did all the count­ing.

“Over the past five weeks, all three broad­cast net­works have es­sen­tially walked away,” he says, not­ing that the cov­er­age has dropped by 93 per­cent. “Clin­ton’s of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment caused some re­porters to bring up the e-mail imbroglio but even then the bump was mi­nor as it gar­nered just 5 min­utes and 1 sec­ond of cov­er­age.”

Ques­tions linger, though. Mr. Dick­ens still won­ders if the pri­vate server was “wiped clean,” whether a for­eign na­tion hacked the con­tents and if the emails re­flected in­crim­i­nat­ing ev­i­dence about the Benghazi in­ves­ti­ga­tion or Clin­ton Foun­da­tion dona­tions.

“The net­works have es­sen­tially dis­carded the story,” he says.

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