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Oct
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Tweets Of The Day

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Journalistic Failure

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Dan Froomkin: Shutdown Coverage Fails Americans

holding the entire government hostage while demanding the de facto repeal of a president’s signature legislation and not even bothering to negotiate is by any reasonable standard an extreme political act. It is an attempt to make an end run around the normal legislative process. There is no historical precedent for it. The last shutdowns, in 1995 and 1996, were not the product of unilateral demands to scrap existing law; they took place during a period of give-and-take budget negotiations.

But the political media’s aversion to doing anything that might be seen as taking sides — combined with its obsession with process — led them to actively obscure the truth in their coverage of the votes. If you did not already know what this was all about, reading the news would not help you understand. What makes all this more than a journalistic failure is that the press plays a crucial role in our democracy. We count on the press to help create an informed electorate. And perhaps even more important, we rely on the press to hold the powerful accountable.

That requires calling out political leaders when they transgress or fail to meet commonly agreed-upon standards: when they are corrupt, when they deceive, when they break the rules and refuse to govern. Such exposure is the first consequence. When the transgressions are sufficiently grave, what follows should be continued scrutiny, marginalization, contempt and ridicule. In the current political climate, journalistic false equivalence leads to an insufficiently informed electorate, because the public is not getting an accurate picture of what is going on.

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Two Perfect Examples

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06
Oct
13

It’s Time To Vote

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If you are in Virginia, you have until October 15th to register or re-register here

New Jersey Information here

In my part of the nation, early voting has commenced-while this year in Ohio, it’s purely local. My city is electing a Mayor and Council. This year, I am going to vote early anyway. After all, even President Obama started off as a state legislator.

If there are no elections, this is the perfect time to register if you haven’t already, or re-register if you’ve moved or changed your name. Get ready for next year here

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06
Oct
13

On This Day

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President Barack Obama shares a humorous moment with a group of doctors from around the country in the Oval Office, Oct. 5, 2009, prior to a health insurance reform event at the White House.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama talks with Vice President Joe Biden in the doorway of the Oval Office, Oct. 6, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama listens to Ron A. Bloom, senior advisor to the Treasury Secretary, during the Economic Daily Briefing in the Oval Office, Oct. 6, 2009. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is seated at right. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Barack Obama talks with Senior Advisor David Axelrod and National Economic Council Director Larry Summers following the Economic Daily Briefing in the Oval Office, Oct. 6, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Oct
13

“We Are The Ones Who Did Shut The Government Down”

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06
Oct
13

Rise and Shine: The Week in Photos, Videos & a Word or Two

@petesouza: Pres Obama greets pedestrians along Penn Ave in DC, Oct 4

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Monday * Tuesday * Wednesday * Thursday * Friday

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Monday

Text of remarks here

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President Obama signs H.R. 3210, Pay Our Military Act, which provides continuing appropriations for pay and allowances for members of the Armed Forces during any period for which interim or full-year appropriations for FY 2014 are not in effect, in the Oval Office, Monday night, Sept. 30 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Members of the Cabinet watch as President Obama makes a televised statement on a possible government shutdown, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Sept. 30 (Photo by David Lienemann)

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Tuesday

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President Obama hugs Americans who will benefit from the Affordable Care Act after delivering remarks about the launch of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces and the first federal government shutdown in 17 years in the Rose Garden

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Oct
13

Early Bird Chat

On This Day: David Lienemann, the Vice President’s photographer, captured this loving moment as Captain Mark Kelly embraces his wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, after receiving the Legion of Merit from the Vice President, Oct. 6, 2011

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MoooOOOooorning Early Birds, Happy Sunday!




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