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ABC, NBC spend more time on Michelle Obama b-day than new Benghazi report: study

In this Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 file photo, first lady Michelle Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, at a workshop for high school students. Mrs. Obama will turn 50 this week and while she doesn't think she wants plastic surgery or botox now, she's not ruling it out for the future. (Image source: AP/Susan Walsh, File)

A new study by the conservative Media Research Center found that the morning and evening newscasts by ABC and NBC spent more time covering first lady Michelle Obama's 50th birthday than on a government report on Benghazi:

Starting Wednesday, January 15 through ... January 20, the ABC, CBS and NBC morning and evening news shows collectively spent just under 15 minutes on the Benghazi report (14 minutes, 49 seconds), vs. nearly a half-hour on Michelle’s birthday (28 minutes, 4 seconds). There were 20 stories/segments on the First Lady's birthday vs. 10 on the Benghazi report.

ABC was the most wildly out of line -- 10 minutes on Michelle’s birthday vs. just 2 minutes on Benghazi. NBC spent twice as much time on the birthday (12 ½ minutes) as Benghazi (6 ½ minutes), while CBS actually gave slightly more time to Benghazi (6 minutes) vs. Michelle (5 ½ minutes).

The Senate Intelligence Committee released a report last week that said the 2012 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, were "preventable." It distributed blame for the attack to the State Department, U.S. intelligence and even Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in the attack.

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