14
Apr
11

a democratic president sounding like a democratic president!

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with the co-chairmen of the president’s deficit reduction commission, including Alan Simpson, right, April 14


Steve Benen: ‪Last week, much of the media establishment drooled all over itself while praising Paul Ryan’s right-wing budget plan. For most major news outlets, the far-right chairman of the House Budget Committee was “courageously” tackling an issue the media cares about – deficit and debt reduction – in a way they found satisfying (slashing health care for seniors and the disabled = “serious”).‬

‪Perhaps, then, the media would be pleased with President Obama’s debt-reduction plan. After all, he’s playing the game the establishment wants him to play – focusing on fiscal responsibility – and doing so with a sound, credible proposal that would actually do what it sets out to do. Best of all, the White House made sure the president’s numbers add up, which is more than we can say about Ryan’s plan.‬

‪But the media’s still not happy.‬ ‪Mark Halperin complained yesterday that Obama “failed to offer a bold, paradigm-shifting budget proposal”. What? A center-left Democratic president, saddled with a massive Republican debt, has a plan to reduce the budget shortfall by $4 trillion‬… ‪Is this not exactly what the media establishment said it wanted? Is the only acceptable plan one that hurts Medicare, Medicaid, and low-income families?‬

‪Politico chastised the president overnight for being “partisan” and hurting Republicans’ feelings…‬. ‪‪So, if a Democratic president sounds like a Democratic president, even while tackling an issue that’s allegedly critical to Republicans, it’s a failure. Obama’s job, apparently, was to address the Republican goal, in Republican terms, while touting Republican ideas…

…‪There’s no reason for so many in the media to be so annoyed. If I didn’t know better, I might think the establishment noticed that much of the left liked the speech, which necessarily led pundits to assume there was something wrong with it.‬

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4 Responses to “a democratic president sounding like a democratic president!”


  1. 1 LYNN
    April 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    SAME OLE BS FROM THE MSM…CAN WE REALLY EXPECT HONEST JOURNALISM FROM THE AMERICAN MEDIA???? UH NO!!!
    EVERYDAY AMERICANS ARE BECOMING MORE AND MORE TIRED OF THEIR COMICAL JOURNALISM, VOID OF ANY REAL AND HONEST TO GOODNESS FACTS…ITS HARD TO TAKE ANY OF THEM SERIOUS…AND YOU KNOW, THATS A DAMN SHAME!!!

  2. 2 StR
    April 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    The talking heads of the MSM all make over $250,000, most on the major networks pull in millions, with the big names pulling eight figures – this is all about the Bush extra tax cuts. Remember there was a dramatic change on coverage of the President after the lame duck tax deal – because they got their tax cut extension. I believe it’s an extra $40K for every million dollars earned so all of these multi-millionaire talking heads want the tax cuts made permanent for their own bottom line.

    • 3 Puddin'
      April 14, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      StR…as the young people say, “true that…” My bestfriend and I have said your words many times. MSM is owned by Repubs and the talking heads make more money that the average “Joe Public”…they are all self serving. I thank God for this site and others who are all about the truth.

  3. 4 HZ
    April 14, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Very grateful for this site everyday. Thank you Chipsticks, and you have a wonderful day.


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