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From the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34
When exculpatory evidence emerged in IRS “scandal,” certain influential media had already lost interest
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Pat Cunningham offers an unabashedly liberal perspective on national politics. A note of caution: The language gets a little salty on some of the sites to which this blog links. So, don't say you weren't warned. By the way, this blog's name is inspired by the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34 In 41 years as a print and broadcast journalist, most of those years with the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, Pat has covered national politics under eight American presidents. He's attended 10 national political conventions, Republican and Democratic alike, and has interviewed countless prominent political players, including Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.
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The discredited IRS “scandal” is more than just an example of congressional Republicans over-promising and under-delivering. It’s even more than a political world, desperate for something new to play with, failing to look before it leaped.

The story also offers a terrific case study in how major news outlets pounce on a story, only to lose interest when facts challenge their assumptions. Political scientist Brendan Nyhan published a gem yesterday for Columbia Journalism Review on the “scandal attention cycle.”

The image [above] should probably be fairly self-explanatory — we can see how the ...

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