Networks That Hyped Romney's 'Bombshell' Tax Tape Now Skip ObamaCare 'Penalties'

The same networks that have been hyping secret video of Mitt Romney talking about who pays taxes, hyperventilating about the Republican's "seismic" bombshell," have, thus far, completely ignored the revelation from the Congressional Budget Office that "significantly" more Americans will have to pay a "tax penalty" for being uninsured, many in the middle class.

All three evening newscasts on Wednesday and the morning shows on Thursday totally skipped this report. The Associated Press explained, "The new estimate amounts to an inconvenient fact for the administration, a reminder of what critics see as broken promises." Writer Ricardo Alonzo-Zaldivar added, "Nonetheless, in his first campaign for the White House, Obama pledged not to raise taxes on individuals making less than $200,000 a year and couples making less than $250,000."

Yet, World News, the NBC Nightly News, the CBS Evening News, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning and Today all avoided the topic.

GMA opted for more important topics, such as an amusement park mishap that caused several people to be stranded on a roller coaster for hours.

From the AP:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 6 million Americans — significantly more than first estimated— will face a tax penalty under President Barack Obama's health overhaul for not getting insurance, congressional analysts said Wednesday. Most would be in the middle class.

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"The bad news and broken promises from Obamacare just keep piling up," said Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, who wants to repeal the law.

Since Tuesday, however, the networks have hyped secretly recorded video of Romney talking about the 47 percent of Americans who don't pay taxes. Diane Sawyer called it a "political earthquake" and a "seismic day." GMA's Amy Robach insisted it was a "bombshell."

One would think that the same networks would be interested in an actual tax increase.

During the debate over ObamaCare, as study the Media Research Center found that journalist talked about the legislation in only the most fawning terms.

Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center and a contributing editor for NewsBusters.org