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AP Pretends GOP Is ‘Breaking Promises’

From the professional propagandists at the Associated Press:

PROMISES, PROMISES: GOP drops some out of the gate

By Andrew Taylor And Calvin Woodward, Associated Press
January 6, 2011

WASHINGTON – Republicans have already violated some of the vows they made in taking stewardship of the House.

Their pledge to cut $100 billion from the budget in one year won’t be kept.

As is their fashion, the AP is parroting a New York Times article from yesterday. Which, as we noted in detail, was simply untrue. But when has the AP ever let facts stop them from advancing the Democrat Party’s line?

And for a coming vote seeking to repeal the health care overhaul, the first major initiative of the new Congress, lawmakers won’t be allowed to propose changes to the legislation despite Republican promises to end such heavy-handed tactics from the days of Democratic control.

Huh? They are voting on repealing an enacted piece of legislation? This is not quite akin to denying any debate on amending proposed legislation.

So again, this is blatant misrepresentation of the facts by our one party media.

Is business as usual really back so fast? That’s not clear one day after Democrat Nancy Pelosi yielded the gavel to the new Republican House leader, John Boehner

It’s clear that it is business as usual for our news media. And, as always with them, their number one job seems to be to propagandize for the Democrats and demonize the Republicans – and the truth be damned. 

A look at some of the Republican promises in the campaign that delivered them control of the House, and their prospects now:

CUT SPENDING: "We will roll back government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels, saving us at least $100 billion in the first year alone," the GOP pledge stated.

It turns out $100 billion is way out of reach.

By the time the current stopgap spending bill expires March 4, five months of the budget year — which began Oct. 1 — will have passed. Republicans acknowledge it’s unrealistic to force even deeper cuts for the rest of the budget year to make up for money that’s already been spent at the current, higher levels.

As we noted yesterday, the House GOP was talking about the fiscal year in their Pledge – just like everyone does on Capitol Hill. And, indeed, they plan to cut more than $50 billion from spending in the remaining half of the current fiscal year. And they also intend to reduce spending to 2008 pre-stimulus levels, just as they promised.

What is hilarious is that the Senate Democrats are already saying that they will defeat any of these House Republican efforts, in any case. But our news media never bothers to mention that – let alone put any onus on them. 

What is more, Republicans juiced up the $100 billion promise in the first place by using as their starting point President Barack Obama’s $1.128 trillion budget request, a theoretical figure that was never approved by Congress

Again, the AP is misrepresenting the facts. The only reason Mr. Obama’s $1.128 trillion dollar budget was not passed – is because no budget has been passed by the Congress. And, by law, the House cannot increase the budget with a ‘Continuing Resolution. ‘

More importantly, however, there is nothing to indicate that the Republicans "juiced up" the number based on Obama’s projected budget figures. Why would they need to? That is just nonsense.

REFORM CONGRESS: "We will let any lawmaker — Democrat or Republican — offer amendments to reduce spending," the pledge said. "House Democrats have relied heavily on what are known as `martial law’ procedures during the current Congress, particularly provisions that allow them to bring any bill to the floor with little or no notice and deny Republican members of Congress or even factions of their own party their right to debate and offer amendments or substitutes for consideration or vote."

Despite the promise of more open debate and the opportunity to offer floor amendments, GOP leaders will bring legislation to repeal Obama’s signature health care overhaul bill to the floor next week and deny Democrats any chance to try to preserve popular provisions

Again, this is simply a preposterously phony charge – even by the laughable standards of the Associated Press. The vote in question will be on whether to repeal Obama-care or not. It would make no sense whatsoever to have debates about which parts to keep prior to such a vote.

The AP is simply clutching at straws here. But their DNC bosses have told them to start discrediting the incoming Republican House by any means possible, and they are hopping to it.

Still, wouldn’t it be nice to live in a country with a free and independent news media? We can dream can’t we?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, January 6th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “AP Pretends GOP Is ‘Breaking Promises’”

  1. AcornsRNutz says:

    Rush made a big point in 94 to the new Republican congress. They will not like you, they will not jump ship because you are in town, and you won’t see your mailbox suddenly full of invitations to the most swanky dinners. Don’t expect Chris Mathews and Maureen Dowd etc; to start swamping Boehner’s facebook with friend requests (to use the modern parlance). Let us hope that they continue on alone and unafraid. The best way to deal with a taunting “bleacher bum” media is to ignore them and procude the results they are trying to impede.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    I think what’s going to happen is something the MSM cannot, nor would it, envision.

    That being the exposing of the MSM as a market tool explicitly for the use of the democrat-socialist party. When faced with the reality of today’s computer users, I’m forced to admit that even with the lack of critical thinking as a discipline in the educational world, peoples’ instincts may prove to be a more valid and binding tool.

    In short, the more the MSM shills for the left, the more obvious it becomes as to what they’re up to and what they want. And truth has nothing to do with it. In many cases, bright or not-so-much, people are still capable of making up their own minds. At least, I’d like to think so. Given that the circulation numbers for such rags as the NYT are at an all-time low and likewise the ratings for the likes of Brian Williams and Katie (the kook) Couric, I am optimistic that more and more people are turning to the internet to get the truth. As an aside, it hasn’t seemed to do much for the improvement of spelling and grammar thus far, though.

    In any case, the tide of public opinion turns sometimes glacially slow, but it does turn and often in the right direction. I heard it said yesterday that it’s a mere 20% of our population that is dyed-in-the-wool hard-core leftist. If that is so, then they have enjoyed too loud a voice for too long a time and maybe, just maybe, the internet and alternative media will do its part in having the whole thing move back into a conservative stream. Although day-to-day activities of the past few years have really discouraged me, personally, I hope the new batch of congress critters stands up to the likes of die-hard socialists in our government and gives them a taste of their own medicine. For, when that happens, they really go off the deep end and reveal themselves.

    But as far as “reporting the news” in the MSM? That hasn’t happened in some decades. Noting the difference in the construct of the way it’s presented was my first clue, way back in the 70’s, when the anchor(man) would introduce the story, then the “man-on-the-street” would reintroduce the story and then cut away to the editiorialized “heavy human-interest” bit that was taped, then back to the m-o-t-s, then back to the anchor. The local news shows picked up on it and it’s been done this way for over 40 years now. Each little story, each little slice of news digestible and explained to the viewer in parochial terms.

    That was the first thing that lost me. But the poor word usage and buzz-phrases got on my nerves. Then the stale method by which they presented it smacked of a set formula. This formula, of course went haywire when it involved breaking news and couldn’t be inserted into the template as it was still a developing story, but that also served to demonstrate the inability of the news puke to think on their feet.

    Indeed, the vast majority of people who deliver the news DON’T KNOW ANYTHING. That’s why Don Henley so appropriately gave us the song “Dirty Laundry” where he re-coined and made mainstream the term “talking heads”.

    I refuse to listen to stupid people and would much rather prefer to get my news from the internet than some agenda-driven entity like the NYT or alphabet TV news sources. They want us all to believe in communism and big government that gives all the poor people the money. Yet on the very face of it, they are all hypocrites and some wealthy losers.

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      Rusty, don’t let Don Henley find out that he was cited and agreed with on this site, his “talking head” would explode. However, another great comment. The MSM has owned the loudspeaker for a percentage of a population that doesn;t in any way reflect the average American ideal. You can just feel it in your gut when you go out into the real America that these idiots never visit or take time with. One other thing working to our advantage is that the shallow, simple minded target audience of the mianstream media is a fickle pop culture, and they too have grown tired of the formula you mentioned. That in and of itself is often enough to destroy silly fads and timeless institutions alike. The commie rabble rousing is unsustainable, and like the policies and debts it has led to, the bill is coming due and no one can pay it.

    • proreason says:

      Rusty, good piece. I hadn’t read it when I posted just below, but that post ties in quite well.

      It is absolutely clear to anybody who pays any attention at all that the liberal’s media isn’t interested at all in reporting the news. They are interested in shaping the news to meet their built-in agenda, which is hard left, as they have been programed to believe.

      The problem in understanding this has always been that ordinary people did not have alternatives, or the time to figure things out on their own. The liberal’s media, of course, does propaganda as its full-time job, and with billions of dollars behind them. It should be no surprise that they have been able to outmatch regular Joe’s and to win the propaganda battle.

      Talk radio, Fox and the Internet have changed that dynamic, but there has been a second significant event that may have brought the country to the tipping point in understanding the liberal’s media’s mission….Obamy. Everybody now knows what a liar he is, and everybody now knows that the media is simply a shill for his cabal.

  3. Moose Breath says:

    “The AP is simply clutching at straws here. But their DNC bosses have told them to start discrediting the incoming Republican House by any means possible, and they are hopping to it.”

    Absolutely. Meanwhile, in other (totally unrelated) news, the media has lots of new hit-pieces and “polls” coming in 2011 demonstrating how unpopular, polarizing, unqualified and unelectable that Palin woman is.

    • artboyusa says:

      That Palin woman…yeah, the more they keep on about how unelectable she is, the more you have to wonder why they feel it necesary to keep emphasising the point, since she’s so negligible and all. She’s Obama’s “dream opponent” – according to Obama – which I reckon means “nightmare” opponent. He well knows she would galvanize our side the same way his candidacey galvanized the libs.

      Personally, I wouldn’t vote for Sarah in a million years. Not that I don’t enjoy how she drives those libtards nuts – I very much do – but because I’m old fashioned and prefer my presidents to not regard it as a trick question when someone asks what books or newspapers they read. A little wisdom, a little judgement, some experience of the world, the ability to read and write… that’s not a lot to ask, is it?

  4. proreason says:

    Was it somebody on this blog, or another, that proposed we start calling the msm a new name, “the liberal’s media”.

    I like it. The subtle difference between “liberal’s media” and “liberal media” is that the former tells people that the media is owned, lock stock and barrel, whereas the latter only suggest that the media consists of liberal people. It’s really quite a difference.

  5. oldpuppydixie says:

    I probably shouldn’t let the cat out of the bag but if our straight-arrow, non-biased media wishes to succeed in its quest to reduce the number of Republicans in the 2012 house and senate, they should NOT base their attacks on the efforts of Republicans to halt or reverse the Hussein agenda!!! After all, voters put the party in power to do just that!! Rather, the NY Times, MSNBC, CNN and other bastions of truthful reporting should accuse Republicans of LOAFING in their attempts to overthrow the Marxist dreams of Democrats. The media should portray Republicans as aisle crossers, sincere negotiators and power sharers ready and willing to lend support to Democrats at every turn. Should reporters and commentators succeed in making the public believe such a story–or should Republicans actually make it come true–I’ll guarantee the party will lose its house majority and return at least half a dozen senate seats in the next election.

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      I think that’s pretty much what they are starting here. Stories of their failure to get anything accomplished will put the blame on them, just as any failures of the dems to utterly ruin the country (despite their majority in congress and having the president in their corner) were blamed on the Republicans.

  6. Mae says:

    The Left has no scruples, no conscience. It only has an agenda. Anything and everything to advance their take-over “for our own good.” The Left hates real people, people with true care and concern for their fellow man who wish to point him toward freedom through individual initiative. The Left does not trust the people. That this small minority should have taken over so many of our institutions is to our shame. We were caught sleeping on the watch. Asleep no more, baby, asleep no more!

  7. Tater Salad says:

    Please let your voice & opinions be heard and join the following Tea Party websites to become part of the movement in taking our country back from liberal/progressive left wing loons who are destroying capitalism and the Free Market System that has built this great country:













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