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NPR’s Big Lie: ‘Sequester Was A GOP Invention’

Here is some red-handed media mendacity, courtesy of National Public Radio. NPR tweeted yesterday a link to a transcript of a segment on the sequester they entitled: "Though A Republican Invention, Obama Could Get Blamed For Sequester http://n.pr/12obkEt." And we were able to preserve their original headline from the transcript, which they have since changed.

From National Public Radio:

Republicans Push To Rebrand Automatic Spending Cuts As Deadline Nears

by Tamara Keith | February 11, 2013

With the deadline approaching for automatic spending cuts, Republicans in Congress are pushing hard to rebrand the cuts that were agreed to as part of the debt-ceiling agreement of 2011. The sequester is now the president’s sequester, according to congressional Republicans…

NPR’s Tamara Keith reports.

TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: It started back in August in a post on House Speaker John Boehner’s website. Instead of calling it the sequester, the post called it the president’s sequester. Then last week, the speaker got up on the House floor and gave a three-minute speech, where he called it the president’s sequester four times.

REPRESENTATIVE JOHN BOEHNER: Now twice, the House has passed legislation to replace the president’s sequester – to replace the president’s sequester…

KEITH: What started out as a sort of subtle language shift, by the end of the week became a full on rebranding campaign, complete with its own hashtag: Obamaquester.

Here’s Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell earlier today on the Senate floor.

SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL: The House passed legislation to avert the Obama’s sequester months ago. But Senate Democrats have yet to pass an alternative bill that could actually go to conference.

KEITH: The message: the Republican leadership, at least, doesn’t like these automatic spending cuts. And in case you’re wondering, the sequester wasn’t their idea. To back this up, Boehner and his colleagues cite page 326 of the book "The Price of Politics," by one of America’s most well-known journalists.

BOB WOODWARD: I’m Bob Woodward, an associate editor at The Washington Post.

KEITH: Woodward’s book examines the fight over the debt ceiling back in the summer of 2011. Republicans said they wouldn’t raise the debt limit unless government spending was cut by the amount of the increase. And if a bipartisan effort to find $1.2 trillion in cuts failed, Woodward says high-level White House aides had an idea. It would be so Draconian neither side would let it happen.

On page 326, Woodward describes Jack Lew, then the president’s budget director, pitching the idea to the Senate’s Democratic leader.

WOODWARD: Jack Lew said we have an idea for a trigger. And Harry Reid, the Democratic leader asked skeptically, what’s the idea. And Lew said, sequestration. Reid bent down and put his head between his knees almost as if he was going to throw up or was having a heart attack.

KEITH: The bill ultimately passed the House and the Senate with overwhelming Republican support. John Boehner and the majority of Republicans in Congress voted for it. So yes, says Woodward…

WOODWARD: Well, of course, it’s the president’s sequester.

KEITH: But…

WOODWARD: Of course, they all went along but we’re now in the hole that they all dug for themselves.

Notice that even after Bob Woodward said point blank "Well, of course, it’s the president’s sequester," NPR still headlined their article: "Though A Republican Invention, Obama Could Get Blamed For Sequester."

And to think some people believe the news media is biased.

KEITH: Beyond the actual origins of the sequester idea, there’s a reason Boehner and others in the Republican leadership are pushing hard on this. Many rank-and-file Republicans are perfectly willing to let the sequester go ahead, or at least lock in cuts of the same size. Because of this, if the sequester does happen, Republicans risk getting the blame.

South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who’s backing a bill to replace the cuts this year, says his party deserves the blame.

SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM: We have our fingerprints as Republicans on this proposal, on this sequestration idea. It was the president’s idea, according to Bob Woodward’s book. But we as the Republican Party agreed to it.

It was still the President’s idea. And he insisted on the Republicans accepting it. It’s in Woodward’s book and it comports with all the other accounts of the deal.

KEITH: He must not have gotten the memo about the hashtag Obamaquester. It’s safe to say, though, that if [sic] actually happens on March 1st, and if the dire predictions become a reality, there will be plenty of blame to go around.

Even notice that whenever Obama and the Democrats are directly to blame for something, the news media always says there is "plenty of blame to go around"? Meaning, they will still blame the Republicans.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “NPR’s Big Lie: ‘Sequester Was A GOP Invention’”

  1. EricStoner

     Must be part of that “legitimate” media Biden needs to help them lie his way to gun control.


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