The Big Three morning news broadcast on Wednesday and Thursday all cover violations of IRS system online by hackers who compromised the personal information of 100,000 taxpayers. However, there is no program mentioned President Obama by name during the reporting them, or whether they returned one problem or another scandal involving the agency in recent years.
CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News not cover IRS hacking, on Wednesday night. ABC World News Tonight is the only Big Three broadcast the night to cover the story so far, and also for the first network news program that reported it. On Tuesday, the anchor David Muir highlighted the “urgent warnings from the IRS this evening – a hundred thousand Americans -. Personal tax information they hack, they say” Correspondent Pierre Thomas then detailing large data breach:
PIERRE THOMAS: David, tonight, those 100,000 taxpayers will soon be getting some very bad news. Thieves, who had already stolen some of their personal information – including names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers – used that information to get past IRS security.
And here’s where the story gets worse. Once inside the IRS, they targeted those specific taxpayers – getting more sensitive information commonly found on tax returns – like where they work, salaries, bank accounts, and personal family information. The IRS says it has fixed the problem, and is offering free credit monitoring to those who got hacked. Like I said, David: bad news.
The next morning, Thomas recapitulated his reporting on Good Morning America Wednesday, stressing that data thieves get all the information necessary to “fully assume their identity to empty their bank accounts ;. Even open credit cards and buy cars This demonstrates. ..how sophisticated hackers have become “.
CBS This Morning did not cover the IRS piracy until Thursday. However, the news gave further detail to the story: that piracy, possibly originated in Russia. Correspondent Jeff Pegues also included the name of the IRS commissioner, John Koskinen, in his report, and how “Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, questions the safety standards of the agency.”
However, like Thomas, he did not mention President Obama in the segment, nor any of the above problems with the IRS. Today NBC spent the least amount of airtime to history: just 42 seconds divided between two news briefs on Wednesday. Transcripts of the report of Pierre Thomas GMA Wednesday on ABC; The report Jeff Pegues CBS This Morning Thursday; and summaries of news Wednesday on NBC: