This week's Mainstream Media Scream features a CNN panel discussing the Internal Revenue Service scandal and analyst John Avlon of the Daily Beast slapping Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Darrell Issa for partisanship.

On CNN’s "Newsroom with Carol Costello" last Friday:

Costello: “Sen. Ted Cruz says a special prosecutor should be brought in to investigate. John, wouldn’t that be a good idea?”

John Avlon: “I’m not sure Ted Cruz is often accused of having good ideas when it comes to impartial inquiries. ... Whenever Ted Cruz or Darrell Issa walks into these matters, it immediately turns into a partisan hackathon, as opposed to a search for the truth.”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: “Did Avlon ever consider that it turns into a partisan ‘hackathon’ because journalists like him are less interested in leading a pursuit of the truth than in enacting the self-fulfilling prophecy: dismiss hearings as a ‘hackathon’ so they are perceived that way? A very nice benefit for Obama from having so many friends in the media.”

Rating: Four out of five screams.

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