MRC's Noyes: 'Public Is Harmed' When 'Agenda-Setting' Broadcast Networks Ignore IRS Scandal

July 2nd, 2014 10:53 AM

Media Research Center's Rich Noyes appeared on the Monday, June 30 edition of Fox Business Network's Varney & Co. to discuss the MRC's latest findings about the network news avoiding developments in the IRS scandal. "ABC, CBS, and NBC their evening newscasts did not touch the Lerner email story for seven days," Noted informed guest host Charles Payne. What's more, "it took a congressional hearing where Paul Ryan called the commissioner of the IRS to get them to notice, and then they dropped it the very next morning."

"This is still the media that reach the broadest number of people" with "25 million people a night watch[ing] one of the Big Three newscasts," Noyes noted, arguing that as such "they still have a huge agenda-setting role and when they decide to leave something off the agenda... the public is harmed." [watch video of the full segment follow page break]

"Rich, we appreciate you guys staying on top of this," Payne replied in closing, promising, "We'll have you back real soon to keep us up to date."