‘cbs’ mark knoller whitewashes bush from 2009 deficit’

MediaMatters: CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller whitewashed former President Bush’s role in creating $1.2 trillion in deficit for the 2009 fiscal year, instead blaming President Obama for every penny of debt increase since “the day Mr. Obama took office.” But the Congressional Budget Office had already projected $1.2 trillion in deficit before Obama took office, based entirely on Bush’s actions and economic conditions…..

Full post here


Steve Benen: CBS News went to some effort yesterday to promote (Knoller’s) piece … “National debt has increased $4 trillion under Obama” … That’s a shame; the piece is woefully devoid of context and meaningful details.

… The piece doesn’t mention, for example, that the debt increase “on President Obama’s watch” includes a $1.3 trillion deficit that was sitting on his desk the day he took office, left there by Bush/Cheney.

Knoller tells readers that the White House “blames policies inherited from his predecessor’s administration for the soaring debt,” but doesn’t tell readers whether the White House’s claims are true or false – Knoller just passes them along without any scrutiny or context.

In this case, when the White House blames policies Obama inherited, the White House happens to be telling the truth (see post for graphs)….

…  Knoller’s piece doesn’t provide any of this information. It’s a bit of a mess.

Full post here

More at TPM


Thanks ChristiMtl and Ladyhawke


You can contact Knoller on Twitter here

69 Responses to “‘cbs’ mark knoller whitewashes bush from 2009 deficit’”

  1. 1 nintendowii10
    August 23, 2011 at 8:51 am

    These mofos don’t get it. The deficit is only higher under President Obama because he, unlike President Bush, decided to be honest about it and quit lying about how much we actually owe.

    Virtually NO ONE in the media is pointing out this fact, because the media as a whole, are Bush apologists. Whenever anything bad happens its Obama’s fault, but when something good happens, it was because of some Bush policy or something a Republican did.

    It’s disgusting how our media continues to root against President Obama and support the Republicans, so much for having a fair and balanced media, or should I say an objective media.

    • 2 bonkers
      August 23, 2011 at 11:21 am

      They DO get it. It’s on purpose. The MegaMedia is owned by a small handful of the MegaRich. They do not want people voting for actual Liberals and demanding fair taxation. I’m not sure how much more they can do to make it obvious to people.

      Knoller is doing exactly what’s he paid to do – to keep people voting against their own best interests. We all must understand that it is intentional.

  2. 4 Me4obama
    August 23, 2011 at 8:54 am

    I just blasted him on Twitter and called him a LIAR. He will here from me when he bring back his sorry Behind from Vacation or is he Back?

  3. 5 ChristiMtl
    August 23, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Thanks Chips for posting it.

    Ok now I get Bill’s comment in the other thread:

    Willie is now on Morning Joe saying President Obama is responsible for the entire deficit incurred since the day it took office. No one is challenging him.

    I hope people go after him big time! Mark Knoller is just like the rest of them, no integrity.

    I know he’s on vacation but I’m sure he read his tweets.

    • 6 nintendowii10
      August 23, 2011 at 9:02 am

      Of course no one goes challenged on Morning Jo(k)e… it’s a bend over backwards for Republicans show.

      Let’s not forget, it’s the same show that hosts folks like racist Pat Buchanan and Mark the Dick Halprin. If the deficit was lower, they’d all be giving credit to President Bush and none to President Obama, just like with Osama bin Laden.

      I can’t be 100% certain, but I’ve got a feeling that these Morning Jo(k)e folks would love to see a President Perry, it would bring them memories of the good old days of W. when all he would do is act like a fake cowboy with that fake Texas swagger. I mean they fawn all over Rick Perry and end up taking a dump on President Obama, it could not be any more clear that they want Rick Perry in the White House. Well the only time he’ll be in the White House is if President Obama decides to invite him over for a tour 😆

    • 7 hopefruit2
      August 23, 2011 at 9:03 am

      Knoller sent out tweets last night, so I’m sure he’s reading them.

    • 8 Sue in Minnesota
      August 23, 2011 at 9:26 am

      He is responsible for addressing it, but he is not responsible for it’s creation. Twisting semantics…these jackasses play fast and lose with the truth. My dander is rising…..GRRRRR!!!!

      • 9 Sue in Minnesota
        August 23, 2011 at 9:47 am

        Wrote CBS News…attention Scott Pelley, I was very civil but pointed. Morning Jackass does not deserve the same civility…off to do some ass kicking.

        • 10 Sue in Minnesota
          August 23, 2011 at 10:40 am

          Done….hope my brilliant 😀 can of whoop ass goes straight to the top dog at MSNBC. That felt good 😉

        • 11 Sue in Minnesota
          August 23, 2011 at 10:56 am

          Mark Knoller’s photo calls to my mind the south end of a north bound horse….I am now reaching for my brain bleach.

          Does anyone else think we should be a little more coordinated in our efforts to counter the stream of misinformation. Maybe we could divide into two groups, those that go after the stated inaccuracies, and those that take an offensive approach and start pushing facts not in reaction, but proactively. I think we would benefit from both.

  4. August 23, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Geez this guy has let all the suger go to his brain. He needs to stick to eating his donuts and forget trying to be a Whitehouse correspondent.

  5. 17 Ladyhawke
    August 23, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Chips, Steve Benen has a post up on this right now…..



  6. 19 a4alice
    August 23, 2011 at 9:12 am

    tweeted him.

  7. 20 carolyn
    August 23, 2011 at 9:18 am

    I didn’t hear this, but Scott Pelley is manager of CBS News, and I think he should hear about this too. He did a very good job last night on Libya, concentrated on international news. But, they need some backlash on their economic news tripe. Others at CBS need to know that Mark Knoller is spewing inaccurate info.

  8. 22 Sue in Minnesota
    August 23, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Time to go on the attack. Tweeter up, e-mails/letters/calls…this is deceitful.

  9. 23 Anonymous
    August 23, 2011 at 9:25 am

    VP takes budget message to Japan

    On a visit to Japan focused on its recovery from this year’s earthquake, Vice President Biden didn’t miss an opportunity to drive home a message about the U.S. economy.

    Speaking at the Japanese prime minister’s home on Tuesday, Biden – on the last leg of his three-country Asia tour – told Naoto Kan that the United States is determined to straighten out its budget problems.

    “I make the point that while you’re struggling to deal with one of the greatest natural disasters any country has faced, we are dealing with getting our budget in order,” Biden said. “There are voices in the world who are counting us out. They’re making a very bad bet.”

    Later, Biden told Japanese reporters after a lunch with Kan that “no one should misunderstand the power, the economic power and resiliency of the American people.”

    “It’s never a good bet to bet against us,” he said.

  10. 25 hopefruit2
    August 23, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Conservative elites pine for 2012 hero


  11. 26 MTmarilyn
    August 23, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Somehow on my twitter account I got a Republican account following me and sending me tweets like this “@wiskey1249 ;Civil Rights Pioneer Preaches Hatred Toward Tea Party:At Obama’s request;O resurrected the defunct NAACP 4 that purpose.” Who ever “chance_esp” is sending them to me. I have been replying “You lie and Where are the jobs” But I think I will block them. I can’t stand to read all those lies that are going out. Is there a better way to handle them. Are they following others here?

    • August 23, 2011 at 10:45 am

      Block them. I have Repubs/conservatives following me too but I let them be because they haven’t infested my timeline with garbage – YET. As soon as I see any, they are gone.

    • 28 Sue in Minnesota
      August 23, 2011 at 10:58 am

      Civil Rights Pioneer rejects Tea Party hatred….is more accurate. So lame ass @whiskey1249 thinks we should lay down to the abuse and fommenting of hatred by the tea party…grow a pair jack. We aren’t laying down.

  12. August 23, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Been blasting Knoller and CBS demanding a correction.

  13. 30 hopefruit2
    August 23, 2011 at 9:50 am

    HAHAHA! This video of an Illinois Republican Townhall is a must-see. The constituents ask the Rep Hultgren (R) a direct question about the Bush tax cuts in relation to job creation, and he struggles to give a clear honest response. You will see NONE of this in the MSM.


    • 31 Brian
      August 23, 2011 at 10:30 am

      Ugh, this is my worthless representative. I didn’t know this was posted, so thanks. It’s pretty typical of Randy in action. If he doesn’t have a talking point ready at hand, he’s pretty inarticulate. The only good thing (and it’s a VERY small thing!) I’ll say is that he is not the media whore that neighboring rep (and deadbeat dad) Joe Walsh is.

    • 32 Sue in Minnesota
      August 23, 2011 at 11:15 am

      This is something we should be down the throats of the MSM about……where is the coverage of these townhalls in our media. They lapped up the antics of the tea party at the town halls during the health care debate. They amplified and projected that conflict into every viewing household in their markets. So where is the coverage of the current debates underway, or not, as in the cases of those reps that are hiding from their constituents, or demanding pay for face time. Time for equal representation.

      I have a Republican representative in the House. He is dismally unresponsive. I write him constantly, call his DC office, and have requested he respond back to me in writing. I get nothing. He votes lock step, and has pledged his allegience to ALEC, and to Grover Norquist. Douche bag…I can’t believe we were raised in the same church, and I’ve told him as much. Long story short, yesterday I had a minor surgical procedure, as I was waiting for the numbing agents to take full effect I heard him get called out over the radio through an advertising campaign supporting the EPA. Not a radio listener, or a TV/Cable watcher but was so happy to hear that there are entities at work that are calling these MOFO’s out.

      • 33 VC
        August 23, 2011 at 11:50 am

        Morning Sue in M, glad to see by your presence here that your procedure went well, and the numbing agents wore off ! 😉 Have a great day! [vcprez on a library computer and unable to see what i type.]

  14. 34 Debz
    August 23, 2011 at 9:57 am

    It seems that every time the repugs start to lose the narrative, their mouthpieces in the media turn the conversation to the deficit. The repugs ran on “jobs” in “10 then as soon as they were in charge the talking heads changed the narrative to the deficit. now, PBO has been talking about jobs and hitting the repugs on tax breaks and loopholes on the wealthy, and we begin again with the deficit talking points.

    • 35 57andFemale
      August 23, 2011 at 10:37 am

      But you miss the point: destroying the EPA, bringing taxes for the wealthy and corporations to zero is the way to create jobs. And then ask the lower class to pay their ‘fair share’ of Federal income tax to close the deficit. That’s their jobs plan! (snark, in case there was any doubt).

      • 36 Debz
        August 23, 2011 at 10:43 am

        LOL If only they could do all of those things, the unemployment rate would be 0.5%. The only thing standing in their way is that socialistmarxistcommiekenyan in the White House.

      • August 23, 2011 at 10:46 am

        that’s not snark. that actually is their jobs plan. cut every social and regulatory program, increase taxes on the poor and BLAM!! JOBS!

      • 38 Sue in Minnesota
        August 23, 2011 at 11:19 am

        So in their grand plan, after they have totally decimated the middle class, the working poor, and the most vulnerable….who will support their business interests? And what would prevent the oppressed from rising up and destroying their butts in a revolutionary way. America may be the next uprising…..if Republicans get control and unleash their agenda…what choice will be left?

  15. August 23, 2011 at 9:59 am

    What about Willard “Mitt” Romney announcing he’s going to put out a jobs plan after Pres O issues his? What is he going to say — tax cuts for the rich? That’s all Republicans offer as a solution.

    • 40 hopefruit2
      August 23, 2011 at 10:06 am

      That’s just Willard’s usual stalking behavior. Every move the President makes, Romney has to follow. It’s time the GOP comes out and admit they are desperately looking for their “Obama.” And failing miserably at it too!

    • 42 nintendowii10
      August 23, 2011 at 10:16 am

      I’ve noticed how Mitt waits until every major crisis has been averted to give his opinion, that is showing how he’d be as a President… no different than Bush!

      Also, Mitt has been attempting to steal the thunder from President Obama… first hosting a fundraiser where Obama is having his vacation, now putting out his own jobs plan after Obama announces his. Mitt is a creepy man, stalking the President and attempting to feed off of all the attention the President gets.

      • August 23, 2011 at 10:32 am


        • 44 utaustinliberal
          August 23, 2011 at 10:45 am

          Mitt Romney really is creepy. He’s giving his jobs speech on September 6. His staking of President Obama is disturbing and disgusting. I think he’s playing the word association game. Follow President Obama around and then the media begin to link your name with President Obama and you begin to look more and more like the presumptive nominee. He’s a complete idiot if he thinks he can win like that. Complete and utter moron.

        • 45 Debz
          August 23, 2011 at 10:53 am

          I’ve noticed that too, trying to dress like PBO, as if that will make people like him. He is really creepy. He has been stalking the Prez for quite awhile now. I guess he can’t get attention unless it’s on PBO’s coat-tails.

    • 46 Brian
      August 23, 2011 at 10:32 am

      Mittens will probably claim that quadrupling the size of one of his many homes is “putting people back to work.”

      • 47 Debz
        August 23, 2011 at 10:55 am

        He is so arrogant, probably is so sure that he will be President, he is probably building his “Western White House” just like Nixon and Reagan.

    • 48 57andFemale
      August 23, 2011 at 10:40 am

      But did he say whether it was a job creation plan or a jobs killing plan? He’s good at that.

  16. 49 Bill
    August 23, 2011 at 10:02 am

    I think Mark/CBS did this because Knoller keeps a record and reported how many vacation days President Bush and others have had. Bush (180) compared to President Obama (61). Didn’t CBS hire Scott Brown’s daughter last year and NBC hired the Bush twins? They probably want them back. We know ABC has Tapper.

    • 50 Connie
      August 23, 2011 at 10:19 am

      Mark Knoller spreads facts about vacation days, lies about deficit.

    • 51 Debz
      August 23, 2011 at 10:20 am

      Keeping track of vacation days is not reason to allow this jackass to lie to the public. CBS needs to apologize for giving false information that is easily debunked.

  17. August 23, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Look at all those retweets!! GO TEAM!!

  18. 53 Olivia
    August 23, 2011 at 10:34 am

    A little OT, but did anyone catch Letterman’s opening monologue? He was joking about the recent death threats he received from some jihadist organization and threw a pretty nasty joke about Obama in there. I used to like Letterman a lot, but this was way over the line…

  19. 54 carolyn
    August 23, 2011 at 10:43 am

    TWeet or email Letterman. He’s very thinskinned and wants to be liked! I would, but I didn’t hear it. We’ve pretty much stopped watching him.

  20. 55 utaustinliberal
    August 23, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Mark Knoller needs to stop stuffing his face with donuts and maybe then and only then will enough blood flow to his brain and allow him to function like a halfway credible journalist.

    • 56 Ladyhawke
      August 23, 2011 at 11:08 am

      When I see Mark Knoller sitting in the second row of the briefing room with what appears to be a little notepad and a little pencil hoisted on his chest, it reminds me of the old detective series “Columbo” played by Peter Falk. I always thought that Columbo’s little notepad and pencil were too small to be useful. Maybe Mark should get rid of that stupid notepad and pencil and do a few searches on the internet. He might learn something. His dreck about President Obama and the debt gives new meaning to sloppy journalism. It’s just dishonest.

  21. 57 Esmerelda
    August 23, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I can’t tweet him. Checked and double-checked spelling. Would love to think he’s getting too many Tweets but Twitter is busy over Libya an other political news.

  22. 58 Anonymous
    August 23, 2011 at 10:59 am

    The department of justice is going after wall street, but of course it goes unreported. Deustch, Goldman Sach CEO, and the S&P. Tell the left President Obama is fighting Wall street. Ha!

    • 59 Ladyhawke
      August 23, 2011 at 11:15 am

      Thankfully, The Reid Report is on it.

      Goldman Sachs CEO Blankfein lawyers up

      Eric Holder is getting serious about dealing with Wall Street’s role in crashing the economy.

      “As is common in such situations, Mr. Blankfein and other individuals who were expected to be interviewed in connection with the Justice Department’s inquiry into certain matters raised in the [Senate subcommittee] report hired counsel at the outset,” a spokesman for Goldman said in a statement.

      The decision to bring on a top legal name such as Weingarten suggests how seriously Blankfein is taking the investigation and that there could be a new push to investigate the firm and its executives on criminal grounds. The move to hire an outside attorney was first reported by Reuters.

      “He’s got an incredible amount to lose, and there’s a lot of anger out there,” said Philip Hilder, a criminal-defense attorney in Houston. “It signifies that the investigations are serious in tone and that he’s not taking them lightly.”

      Given the high stakes, Blankfein had to make sure somebody is watching out for his personal interests, experts said.

      “I would have been more surprised if he had not retained counsel,” said Terree Bowers, a partner at Arent Fox in Los Angeles.


      • 60 Sue in Minnesota
        August 23, 2011 at 11:26 am

        Nice to inject “anger” into the equation. Douche. In my opinion that is attempt to put politics into the discussion. The anger is righteous, but the question is did they violate laws.

  23. 61 Anonymous
    August 23, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Looks like CBS has joined the Cable news networks (FOX, CNN, MSNBC) to pathetically DECEIVE the public. Guys we might only have ABC left for objective reporting. NBC is the parent company of MSNBC. They want Romney or Perry in the Whitehouse. PBO’s numbers are already way down now they are trying to sink him further. They do not want his BIG JOBS PLAN to gain any traction with the public when he presents it to the nation in early Sept.

    This travesty of reporting (lies about the responsibility for the national debt) is a pre-emptive strike to diminish the impact of PBO’s Jobs Plan announcement. This is getting ugly folks. KEEP HOPE ALIVE!!! Obama/Biden 2012!!

    • 62 hopefruit2
      August 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm

      Anonymous: This is August “silly season.” and the President is on vacation. We’ve been through this before. And as for the polls, read my comment (reply to Keith) to get some historical perspective of how much these polls really tell us 15 months before an election.

  24. 63 Anonymous
    August 23, 2011 at 11:39 am

    YES WE CAN!!

  25. 64 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    August 23, 2011 at 11:53 am

    As disgusting as Mitt Romney’s journey to the nomination has been his campaign tactics obviously appear to be working. He is up in national polls now over President Obama. At least that is what Gallup says. PUSH BACK is our only recourse. The Obama campaign better recognize how Mittens is practically MORPHED himself into a FAKE PBO. SHAMEFULLY DISGUSTING!!! 😡

    • 65 hopefruit2
      August 23, 2011 at 12:06 pm

      Keith, I strongly urge you to take these Gallup Polls with the appropriate amount of salt. These polls are not accurate, have zero predictive validity 14 months away from a Presidential election, and clearly, based on all the scrambling to find their 2012 hero, the GOP establishment does NOT believe them. This topic was discused on an earlier thread. I am pasting some FACTS from Christi’s post.

      ./// From Gallup’s writeup:

      In August 1999, Texas Gov. George W. Bush led Vice President Al Gore by 55% to 41% in a Gallup trial heat poll. That race ended up in a virtual dead heat, with Gore ultimately winning slightly more of the national popular vote than Bush.

      In August 1995, Kansas Sen. Bob Dole was slightly ahead of President Bill Clinton in a Gallup poll, 48% to 46%. On Election Day 1996, Clinton beat Dole by eight points.

      In August 1983, President Ronald Reagan was ahead of Democrat Walter Mondale by only one point, 44% to 43%. Reagan went on to beat Mondale in a 59% to 41% landslide in the November 1984 election.

      In August 1979, incumbent President Jimmy Carter was tied with former California Gov. Reagan — each getting 45% of the vote. Reagan ultimately defeated Carter by 10 points.

      Shorter: “historical results indicate this poll has no predictive value whatsoever, but if we don’t generate material for MSM thumbsuckers, our name won’t be in constant circulation and we’ll lose business to the competition.” ///

  26. 67 Ladyhawke
    August 23, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    What every economists thinks is the opposite of what we are hearing from the GOP. This is infuriating and an indictment of the MSM. The truth would be common knowledge to all Americans if the media was doing it’s job of educating and informing the public.

    The very fact that Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor feel so at ease lying and making stuff up shows they know they won’t be challenged by anyone in the media.

    I am reminded of the book by Al Franken called “Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them” – A fair and balanced look at the right.


    Any chance the debt-reduction “super committee” will consider measures to create jobs? No, House Speaker John Boehner’s office said yesterday.

    The response: Deficit reduction will spur job creation and, therefore, the supercommittee does not need to take on an additional mission.

    “AS EVERY ECONOMIST AND EVERY RATING AGENCY HAS MADE CLEAR, getting our deficit under control is the first step to help get our economy growing again and to create jobs,” said Michael Steel, spokesman for Boehner.


    • 68 StR
      August 23, 2011 at 12:16 pm

      It’s economic sabotage. They see a bad economy as their only way in possibly taking back the White House. That’s their only mission now because the Obama Administration and 111th Congress was so epic, that they feel they need the White House to stop the ACA, banking regulations etc. Also the Supreme Court will likely have two vacancies over the next 5 years – likely more if a Republican was elected in 2012. If Romney or Perry won in all liklihood they’d replace Bader Ginsberg, Kennedy and Scalia with 50 yr old Roberts Clones and have a 6-3 advantage for the next 25 years. 7-2 if Breyer retired.

      This is what they’re really fighting for – control of SCOTUS. If Pres. Obama is re-elected odds are RBG and Breyer will retire under his Presidency so in the very least the liberal wing would be locked down for 20 years. And tomorrow is promised to no one – including the conservative justices.

      • 69 Ladyhawke
        August 23, 2011 at 1:13 pm

        Agreed. The one question that should be asked of the PL and anyone else on the left who thinks President Obama has not done enough is – who do you want to pick the next supreme court justices President Obama or Mitt Romney?

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