More in the cross-post on the MRC's NewsBusters blog.
After hyping fears on Tuesday that congressional Republicans were preparing to “gut” a House ethics panel, on Wednesday, all three network morning shows delighted in the GOP reversing course on the issue and satisfyingly proclaimed that the minor controversy had tarnished the first day of the 115th Congress.
At the opening of NBC’s Today, co-host Matt Lauer heralded: “Rough start. A plan to gut an independent ethics office blows up in the face of the new Republican congress. The idea tabled after a chorus of criticism...” Moments later, he touted “turmoil and controversy overshadowing the first day of the Republican-controlled Congress.”