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Mainstream Scream: ABC ignores bad economy

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Politics,Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets

This week's Mainstream Media Scream goes to the ABC World News which on Friday was the lone network to ignore the government's report of dismal second quarter GDP growth of 1.5 percent. Anchor Josh Elliot, however, did make time for a story about Wall Street's soaring profits and how the five second rule regarding dropped food is false--really.

Meanwhile CBS and Olympics-focused NBC devoted time to the economic bad news, with CBS reporter Bob Schieffer calling the numbers "dismal."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker said he was shocked by omission. "CBS and NBC on Friday night aired full stories on the very weak 1.5 percent second quarter GDP rate, down from an anemic 2 percent in the first quarter, yet - incredibly - ABC's World News, which had time to champion how First Lady Michelle Obama brought her 'Let's Move' campaign to London where she 'indulged in some Olympic daydreaming,' didn't consider newsworthy the bad news for President Obama."

Rating: Five out of five screams.

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