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‘CENSORING’ IRS NEWS

A coalition of conservative leaders insist that liberal broadcasters have compromised coverage of the IRS matter that revealed the federal agency had singled out the tax status of certain conservative groups.

Radio host Rush Limbaugh, Citizens United President David Bossie, Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins and Media Research Center founder Brent Bozell have banded together to demand that ABC, CBS and NBC “stop censoring” news of the IRS.

“The liberal media’s refusal to cover the IRS scandal — more than the NSA scandal, more than DOJ’s surveillance of journalists, more even than the tragic loss of life in Benghazi — cuts to the very heart of their corruption,” the five say in a joint statement. “No fair, objective journalists can look at the facts of this flagrant abuse of power and not conclude that it is a massive political scandal deserving of constant, merciless scrutiny.”

Initially, coverage was decent, according to a Media Research Center analysis. The networks aired 96 stories on the IRS in the first two weeks, from May 10 through 23. By late June and July, only one 90-second story aired on CBS, though “multiple new IRS scandals emerged to feed the news cycle,” the five point out, citing $70 million in bonuses to IRS agents, insider contracts and credit cards abuse.

A congressional hearing also found that the IRS chief counsel’s office “appears to have been directly involved in the IRS’s scheme to target tea party and conservative groups. This shatters the story that this was a scandal orchestrated by two IRS agents in Cincinnati,” the conservatives conclude.

ANOTHER FORGIVING WIFE

It is the week for wives to stand by their errant spouse. There’s much public attention on Huma Abedin, who has sworn continued allegiance to Anthony D. Weiner despite his sexting habits and lurid photos. Now, Geraldo Rivera’s fifth wife has stepped forward to publicly forgive her husband after he tweeted a nearly nude image of himself in a strategically placed bath towel in the wee hours of the morning last weekend. Unintended comedic repercussions followed, along with comparisons between himself and Mr. Weiner.

There is some room for that. In January, Mr. Rivera announced he was “truly contemplating” a quest for U.S. Senate in New Jersey, running as a “modern Republican.” It earned him an on-screen title of “Senator Rivera?” during a later appearance on Fox News.

Time marches on. During an appearance on her hubby’s radio show on Wednesday, wife Erica Rivera, 38, revealed she initially was disturbed by the suggestive image he had shared with the world. But things change.

“I clearly have the hottest 70-year-old husband in the world, and now the whole world knows it, too,” Mrs. Rivera reasoned.

POLL DU JOUR

82 percent of U.S. voters fear the U.S. is “losing some of its standing in the world”; 91 percent of Republicans and 72 percent of Democrats agree.

79 percent of voters overall agree that the “U.S. is the greatest country in the world”; 83 percent of Republicans and 78 percent of Democrats agree.

74 percent overall disapprove of the job Congress is doing; 76 percent of Republicans and 70 percent of Democrats agree.

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