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Media Research Center: ABC's Midterm Blackout Reeks of 'Liberal Bias'

By    |   Thursday, 23 October 2014 01:22 PM

A study by the conservative Media Research Center claims that ABC World News hasn't covered the midterm elections in two months, Mediaite reports.

The center claims the news network is exhibiting "liberal bias" during an election cycle where Republicans are expected to come up big, including a possible takeover of the U.S. Senate.

The claim of a midterm blackout at ABC's World News has not been vetted by other media outlets.

The Media Research Center's study, released Tuesday, looked at coverage by ABC's World News, the CBS Evening News and NBC's Nightly News. It noted that from Sept. 1 to Oct. 20, NBC reported on midterms 11 times and CBS 14 times.

Noted the Media Research Center's Kyle Drennen and Rich Noyes, writing on their website: "Amazingly, since September 1 ABC’s newly-renamed World News Tonight has yet to feature a single mention of this year’s campaign, let alone a full story. In contrast, eight years ago ABC’s World News aired 36 stories that discussed that year’s midterm campaign, including a weekly Thursday night feature that then-anchor Charlie Gibson promised would look at the “critical races.”

The MRC added of the disconnect in coverage: "Back then, the elections were a major news topic; this year, a regular viewer of ABC’s evening newscast would have no indication that any were even taking place… It wasn’t biased for the networks to sift through polls and predict bad news for Republicans eight years ago. But now that the party labels are reversed, those same networks are showing their bias by giving so much less airtime to the bad political news for Democrats this year."

A Real Clear Politics analysis noted the same coverage gaps in a story headlined "Liberal Media Give Up on Covering Midterms."

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A study by the conservative Media Research Center claims that ABC World News hasn't covered the midterm elections in two months, Mediaite reports.
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