Ed Driscoll

Half the News that's Fit to Print, Part Deux

When even the Washington Post chides a fellow Northeast Corridor liberal elite, you know they’ve screwed the pooch. “On NBC, the missing story about parent company General Electric:”

It’s the kind of accountability journalism that makes readers raise an eyebrow, if it doesn’t raise their blood pressure first. General Electric Co., reported the New York Times last week, earned $14.2 billion in worldwide profits last year, including $5.1 billion in the United States — and paid exactly zero dollars in federal taxes.

The front-page story drew widespread commentary in newspapers and on many Web sites. ABC News and Fox News, among others, were all over it.

But the story was conspicuously absent from the reportage of one news organization: NBC.

During its Friday broadcast, “NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams” had no time to mention that America’s largest corporation had essentially avoided paying federal taxes in 2010. Or its Saturday, Sunday or Monday broadcasts, either.

Did NBC’s silence have anything to do with the fact that one of its parent companies is General Electric?

I know, we’re all shocked, shocked by this story. Particularly given NBC’s outspoken desire (along with the WaPo and the NYT) for the rest of us to pay more in taxes.