Amidst all this William James Norris circus, there’s another circus going on right in front of your eyes, possibly on your TV as you wake up in the morning or prepare dinner at night. It’s taking place on your television set every evening on ABC, CBS, and NBC. What is that circus? It’s the lies the major networks are fabricating about the debt ceiling debate and who’s really to blame.
The question becomes are you too much of a party hack, or are you too stupid to realize the truth? I fear for some Americans it may be both. There was an interesting study completed by the Media Research Center on coverage of the major news networks.
MRC analysts watched all 202 stories on the debt ceiling from July 1 through July 22, looking for statements which assigned blame or responsibility for the failure to reach a settlement. Of the 85 stories that included such statements, the skew was lopsidedly anti-Republican, with 56 stories (66%) mainly assigning them the blame for the impasse. Even though Democrats control both the Senate and the White House, only 17 network stories (20%) suggested they bore more responsibility, a greater than three-to-one disparity (see chart). Twelve stories offered a balanced discussion of which party ought to be blamed.
Ok, I hear a liberal screaming already, “WHAT ABOUT FOX NEWS! FOX NEWS IS FAUX NEWS! RUPERT MURDOCH IS AN EVIL, RICH, BILLIONAIRE THAT LIES TO PEOPLE! WE NEED TO INVESTIGATE FOX NEWS!”
Umm… Ok, hypothetical screaming liberal, we get it! That’s enough.
This study looked at national news coverage evening and morning programs that appeared on local news stations, if you were smart enough to examine the local Fox 4 lineup you would discover that Fox does not have a national news program on its lineup in the morning and evening. They stay local and leave the national news coverage up to the cable network Fox News. I would also contend that Fox News, while providing a center-right, or conservative perspective with its prime time OPINION shows, does stay pretty fair and balanced when it comes to the actual news it provides.
The American people are being led like lambs to a slaughter on this debt ceiling debate by the alphabet soup news coverage. (No, that wasn’t some violent tea party rhetoric, it was just a simile.) You’re being fed this line of crap by the news networks, and they’re hoping you’ll lap it up. Shall we examine some actual facts?
1) Democrats controlled both houses of Congress and the Presidency last year. They could have worked to reduce spending and passed an operating budget and debt ceiling increase that would have been ample to get us through all of this. They didn’t, they refused to pass a budget for this year, they continued to spend like drunken sailors, they kept running the government on stopgap measures and continuing resolutions. Does that strike you as odd? Almost as if they were kicking the can down the road to put the blame on someone else.
2) Democrats still control the Senate and the Presidency, the Republicans only control 1/3 of the government, the peoples’ house. The Democrats could pass a budget, they haven’t, and President Obama’s budget was voted down in the Senate 97-0 earlier in the year. There is no Democrat plan, the only Democrat plan that exists is to do nothing and blame it on the Republican party.
3) Shared sacrifice is a bunch of crap. This attack on the rich is intellectually dishonest and akin to robbing a person on the street. There are 47% of Americans who are owed more in federal help than they pay into the system. The upper 10% pay more than half the tax burden while the bottom 20% contribute effectively nothing. Stop with the class warfare, it’s redundant and old. This is not equity, if you want true shared sacrifice then you must either cut benefits on your handouts or pay more in taxes. It’s that simple.
4) The Republicans have passed 2 plans that would work to solve problems. The first was Paul Ryan’s plan earlier in the year, which was dishonestly accused of killing seniors. Most notoriously the pushing grandma off the cliff ad by the Agenda Project spread this lie. Ryan’s plan didn’t touch Medicare for anyone over the age of 55. Whether you like it or not, Medicare/Medicaid and Social Security have to change. Most recently the Cut, Cap, and Balance plan, which passed with bipartisan support in the House, was tabled by Harry Reid and the Democrats in the Senate. Reid called it the most irresponsible idea ever proposed. Reid has even said that the Boehner compromise plan, which really does very little will in terms of solving the problems we are faced with, will be defeated. Here we have the Democrats saying that they will kill anything the Republicans send the Senate after never actually putting their plan to a vote? Once again I ask, seems odd doesn’t it? Almost as if they are trying to blame the Republicans.
As I said, you’re being led like lambs to a slaughter. You need to be able to see more than 2 months in either direction in your life. The Democrats when in control of the House and Senate from 2006-20010 (and the Presidency from 08-10) increased spending at a rate beyond anything in seen in history. If you believe the argument that we have to spend money to get out of this, you don’t understand economics, and are disqualified from the debate. Yes, Bush and the Republicans were complicit in this spending binge and deserve plenty of blame, I never voted for Bush and have amply criticized the Republican party, don’t call me a party hack. My point here is the Democrats and the media are trying to spin this so you get mad and vote them back into office. If you fall for that, you truly are clueless. Hope you enjoy your slaughter as it comes in the form of economic collapse. We cannot continue to kick the can down the road, the time for action is now, not the next election.
Oh, one last point to make on the MRC study. Which network was most likely to blame the Republicans on the debt impasse? You may have already guessed it, our buddies over at NBC. Now I realize there is some difference between the local news outfit and the national news outfit, but Russ Ptacek has managed to get me to turn on NBC for the first time in I can remember how long. Who says miracles don’t happen? Thanks Russ for demonstrating there’s always one good person in the bunch.
Americans need to wake up, turn off the mainstream news and start doing their own homework, before we lose this great nation to debt and spending.