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Nets Blame GOP For Shutdown 21 Times, Dems 0

From the Washington Examiner:

TV network stories blame Republicans, 21-0, for shutdown, not Democrats

By PAUL BEDARD | OCTOBER 2, 2013

The nation’s big three news networks are falling right into place for President Obama and the Democrats, blaming the Republican Party for the government shutdown by a whopping 21-0 story count.

According to a survey by the conservative media watchdog Media Research Center, in 39 stories during the two weeks leading up to the shutdown, CBS, ABC and NBC blamed the failure to cut a budget deal on the Republicans 21 times, both parties four times, and Democrats zero times. In 14 stories, nobody was to blame.

Note that this analysis from the Media Research Center was done in the weeks before the shutdown began. Now it is upon us, and the networks have their sob stories, they will blame the Republicans even more.

And never mind that, as in the case of the National Park and the NIH, the Republican-controlled House has already passed bills that would fund them both. That never gets reported. Just as it is never reported that it is Harry Reid and Barack Obama who are responsible for the shutdown, because they refuse to act on the continuing resolutions offered up by the House.

After all, the House is just doing its job under the Constitution. It controls the purse strings. It’s the Democrats in the Senate who are causing the gridlock. Which, in fact, has been the case most of the ‘gridlock’ we have heard about over the last two and a half years.

Some examples of how the story is being played on the networks:

– "CBS Evening News" correspondent Nancy Cordes on Sept. 18: “Speaker Boehner was forced into the risky strategy by his right flank … [a strategy] one Senate Republican described to us today as suicide."

– ABC’s Diane Sawyer: “The president expressed outrage that one faction in one house of Congress is ready to bring the entire federal government to a halt.”

– "Face The Nation" host Bob Schieffer: “Will the moderate and more establishment Republicans continue to go along with the ultraconservatives? … We’re headed to a shutdown unless the moderates in the House revolt.”

Should there be surprise about the media’s siding with Obama and the Democrats in their Obamacare budget coverage? Just listen to Time’s Mark Halperin on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe," as quoted by the MRC: “The press is largely sympathetic to their arguments that it’s the House Republicans’ fault.”

Note that the TV networks aren’t just blaming the Republicans. You can see from the quotes that they are specifically blaming the House Republicans and the Tea Party. — Which, just happens to be the strategy behind Obama and the Democrats’ midterm campaign.

So the news media want to do all they can to neuter them before the 2014 midterms. (They can’t just count on the IRS to do that for them.)

Rich Noyes, the MRC’s research director, sized the situation up this way: “The media’s biased coverage, both in this shutdown and in past ones, may be one reason why a resolution seems so elusive right now. It’s hard to imagine the Obama administration and their fellow Democrats taking this tough a line — harsh name calling, absolutely no negotiations — if they didn’t expect their friends in the liberal media to direct all of the blame toward conservatives and Republicans. And so far, our research shows Democrats are getting exactly the kind of media coverage they hoped for.”

Naturally. The press always listens to its master’s voice. And its master is the DNC.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Nets Blame GOP For Shutdown 21 Times, Dems 0”

  1. captstubby

    its a reflex thing with Democrats.
    “Circle the Wagons” is the defalt setting.


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