In response to the local hubbub, Walsh announced on August 7 he would not run for a full term. Surely, now the networks would have to devote a few minutes to this story, right? No. Except for the CBS morning blip, they have remained staunchly silent throughout the whole fiasco.
If Sen. Walsh were an appointed Republican senator, this would be a massive TV story. This is not debatable. We know because they often furiously overreact when the GOP is involved. Just three examples in an endless list: In 2011, these networks overflowed with coverage when Politico claimed presidential candidate Herman Cain had sexually harassed women. They offered 117 stories before they could even offer an accuser that would put her name on the record.
Two years ago, they "flooded the zone" when Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin made unscientific claims about the female body's reaction to "legitimate rape." They offered a massive 96 minutes (and 45 segments) of coverage for this rape gaffe over the first three and a half days. Back in January, these same networks offered 88 minutes of coverage in two days to the claims that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's aides imposed traffic jams in Bergen County.
These networks are not dedicated to offering fair-minded and detached journalism to the voters. They are dedicated to churning out (or blacking out) political scandals based solely on helping their Democratic cronies.