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No Bias In The Media, “Not Even a Smidgen”

Sometimes you just stumble upon things that jump out at you.

This blogger was looking for a reference to the president’s recent interview with Bill O’Reilly in which he said there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” in the IRS.

Putting aside the fact that it would be nearly impossible for a bureaucratic organization the size of the IRS to be devoid of even the tiniest bit of corruption, what stood out for this blogger was the result of a search for the story.

Arguably, when the President of the United States grants an interview to a major news outlet, one would think a comment like this would merit some coverage, by other than just that news outlet.

Strangely, other than Fox News, Glen Beck’s The Blaze, and some conservative blog sites, per google search results, there is no mention of this by other media, other than one link to a Washington Post blog.

Page one of the search results:

  1. News for not a smidgen of corruption irs obama

    Washington Post (blog)
    1. Fox News ‎- 2 days ago
      They smell a rat – On Super Bowl Sunday, President Obama famously told Bill O’Reilly that there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” in the 
    1. Washington Post (blog)‎ – 2 days ago
  2. Not even a smidgen of corruption‘: Obama downplays IRS, other

    www.foxnews.com/…/not-even-smidgencorruptiono

    Fox News Channel

    Feb 3, 2014 – President Obama, in an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, tried to put behind him the scandals that have hung over his second term, 

  3. Not even a SMIDGEN of corruption‘: Obama DOUBLES DOWN on

    dailycaller.com/…/not-even-a-smidgen-of-corruptionob

    The Daily Caller

    Feb 2, 2014 – President Obama again denied that the IRS purposefully targeted Tea Party groups — claiming there was ‘not even a SMIDGEN of corruption‘ 

  4. Obama on IRS Scandal: “Not Even A Smidgen Of Corruption” | Video

    www.realclearpolitics.com/…/obam

    RealClearPolitics
    Feb 2, 2014

    O’REILLY: Bone-headed decisions. But no mass corruption? OBAMA: Not even mass corruption. Not even

  5. Obama: ‘Not a smidgen‘ of IRS corruption – WorldNetDaily

    www.wnd.com/…/obamanot-a-smidgen-of-irscorruptio

    WorldNetDaily
    Rating: 5 – ‎110 votes

    Feb 4, 2014 – Obama: ‘Not a smidgen‘ of IRS corruption. President now claims tax agency not targeting conservatives. Published: 02/04/2014 at 9:41 PM.

  6. Obama: ‘Not Even a Smidgen of Corruption‘ in IRS Targeting of

    www.breitbart.com/…/ObamaNot-Even-A-Smidgen-of-Co

    Breitbart.com

    Feb 2, 2014 – In a pregame Super Bowl interview, President Barack Obama told Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly that there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” 

  7. Obama: Not Even a Smidgen of Corruption at IRS – The Foundry

    blog.heritage.org/…/obama-even-smidgencorruptio

    Heritage Foundation

    Feb 3, 2014 – President Obama says there is “not even a smidgen of corruption” at the IRS despite the recent targeting of Tea Party and conservative groups.

  8. Watch Gowdy Bring the Pain: Congressman Blasts Obama’s Claim

    www.ijreview.com/…/113439-congressman-trey-go…
    8 hours ago

    The Congressman directly questions President Obama’s statement that “not a smidgen” of corruption occurred

  9. Obama: No Corruption, No Political Motivations in IRS Scandal

    townhall.com/…/obamanocorruptionno-political-motiva…

    Townhall.com

    Feb 7, 2014 – The scheme offered not even “a smidgen” of corruption he asserted, adding another layer to the White House’s previous assurances that the 

  10. Obama Says There’s “not even a smidgen of corruption” in the IRS

    www.thedailysheeple.com/relax-conservatives-obama-says-theres-not-ev…

    Feb 9, 2014 – We can all rest easier: Obama denies that any corruption is taking place at the IRS – it was all because of Fox News.

Five pages into the results, a related article from the WSJ appears amongst the conservative blogs.

Interestingly enough, the story was apparently covered, at least minimally by cbsnews.com.  If you change your google search query (site: cbsnews.com “not even a smidgen of corruption” IRS Obama) to require that the links come from cbsnews.com, it does appear… in one link.

Changing cbsnews.com to nbcnews.com yields half a dozen links, for abcnews.com it’s one link.  According to google, cnn.com didn’t cover the story.

Assuming that google’s algorithms are a legitimate proxy for gauging the relative significance of content on a particular site, and that google ranks what appears on websites based at least somewhat on the reputation of the site as well as the relative emphasis on the subject matter in a given article, the results that show up are indicative of the level of coverage offered by the various media outlets.

One would expect Fox News, as a major and most-watched news network to rank highly in these results.  After all, Bill O’Reilly did the interview.   For that reason alone, the network could be expected to cover the story more heavily than it’s competitors.  What is interesting is that none of the other new outlets even show up in the generic search.  Furthermore, even niche blog sites show up in the results, while CBS, ABC, NBC, and CNN are notably absent.

 

1 comment

1 Erich Sielaff { 02.16.14 at 3:33 pm }

Words cannot properly describe the vast revulsion, disgust and hatred I have for the Media minions and useful idiots. Liars and sycophants with no accountability. Not a smidgen.

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