Networks Censor Justice Department Ending Probe Into IRS Scandal

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<p>ABC, CBS, and NBC's evening newscasts on Friday all failed to cover the Justice Department announcing that it would be ending its investigation into the IRS's targeting of conservative groups. The Big Three networks' news program did find time to air reporting on the top Google searches for Halloween costumes, the fewer number of turkeys available for upcoming Thanksgiving dinners, and the controversy over the first bear hunt in Florida in 20 years.</p>
<p>By contrast, <i>PBS NewsHour</i> did air a 20-second news brief on the DOJ closing its probe into the scandal:</p>
<blockquote>JUDY WOODRUFF: Former I.R.S. official Lois Lerner will not face criminal charges for allegedly targeting Tea Party groups. The Justice Department ended a two-year probe today, and said that it found no evidence that anyone at the I.R.S. acted out of political motives. Lerner once headed the unit that handles applications for tax-exempt status.</blockquote>

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