Three Weeks After Solyndra Scandal Began MSNBC Prime Time Programs Still Haven't Reported It
Today is the three week anniversary of the beginning of the Solyndra scandal, and the prime time programs of the so-called "news network" named MSNBC have yet to report one single word about it.
This is despite daily revelations about the growing controversy for the Obama administration including the following from the San Jose Mercury Tuesday:
The top executives at Fremont's bankrupt solar manufacturer Solyndra plan to invoke their Fifth Amendment rights and refuse to answer questions when they appear at a congressional hearing Friday.
Brian Harrison, Solyndra's CEO, and W.G. "Bill" Stover, the company's chief financial officer, have voluntarily agreed to appear before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Friday and had previously assured congressional staffers they would testify.
Attorneys for both Harrison and Stover sent letters Tuesday to Reps. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., and Diana DeGette, D-Colo., informing them of their clients' plans to remain silent due to the highly publicized FBI raid of Solyndra's offices and the ongoing criminal investigation by the Department of Justice. Copies of the two letters were obtained by this newspaper.
As the Mercury noted, this is serious business:
The Solyndra saga has riveted Washington, and the committee's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations is looking into the Fremont company's $535 million loan guarantee from the Department of Energy and subsequent bankruptcy and raid by the FBI.
Solyndra, its investors and individual executives have retained top-shelf lawyers as the company, once the Obama administration's poster child for the promise of green jobs, juggles a thorny bankruptcy proceeding, a widening congressional investigation and a criminal probe into potential fraud.
It was also reported Tuesday that the $535 million Solyndra received in stimulus funds was more than 35 states were given from that spending bill for the construction and/or repair of highways, roads, and bridges. This is extremely controversial given the President's new stimulus proposal requesting additional federal expenditures for similar supposedly job-producing infrastructure activities.
Yet MSNBC's prime time commentators Chris Matthews, Al Sharpton, Lawrence O'Donnell, Rachel Maddow, and Ed Schultz haven't done one single report on this scandal since it began three weeks ago.
Exactly how can the executives at MSNBC and parent network NBC condone such an overt demonstration of media bias?