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Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:19 PM

One reporter gets it.

Fiscal Cliff Fictions: Letís All Agree to Pretend the GOP Isnít Full of It
By Michael Grunwald
Nov. 30, 2012

Itís really amazing to see political reporters dutifully passing along Republican complaints that President Obamaís opening offer in the fiscal cliff talks is just a recycled version of his old plan, when those same reporters spent the last year dutifully passing along Republican complaints that Obama had no plan. Itís even more amazing to see them pass along Republican outrage that Obama isnít cutting Medicare enough, in the same matter-of-fact tone they used during the campaign to pass along Republican outrage that Obama was cutting Medicare.

This isnít just cognitive dissonance. Itís irresponsible reporting. Mainstream media outlets donít want to look partisan, so they ignore the BS hidden in plain sight, the hypocrisy and dishonesty that defines the modern Republican Party. Iím old enough to remember when Republicans insisted that anyone who said they wanted to cut Medicare was a demagogue, because Iím more than three weeks old.

Iíve written a lot about the GOPís defiance of realityĖits denial of climate science, its simultaneous denunciations of Medicare cuts and government health care, its insistence that debt-exploding tax cuts will somehow reduce the debtóso I often get accused of partisanship. But itís simply a fact that Republicans controlled Washington during the fiscally irresponsible era when President Clintonís budget surpluses were transformed into the trillion-dollar deficit that President Bush bequeathed to President Obama. (The deficit is now shrinking.) Itís simply a fact that the fiscal cliff was created in response to GOP threats to force the U.S. government to default on its obligations. The press canít figure out how to weave those facts into the current narrative without sounding like itís taking sides, so it simply pretends that yesterday never happened.

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Whatever. I realize that the GOPís up-is-downism puts news reporters in an awkward position. It would seem tendentious to point out Republican hypocrisy on deficits and Medicare and stimulus every time it comes up, because these days it comes up almost every time a Republican leader opens his mouth. But weíre not supposed to be stenographers. As long as the media let an entire political party invent a new reality every day, it will keep on doing it. Every day.

The rest: http://swampland.time.com/2012/11/30/fiscal-cliff-fictions-lets-all-agree-to-pretend-the-gop-isnt-full-of-it/

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Reply One reporter gets it. (Original post)
WilliamPitt Dec 2012 OP
Fridays Child Dec 2012 #1
BlueCaliDem Dec 2012 #2
City Lights Dec 2012 #39
99Forever Dec 2012 #3
rDigital Dec 2012 #7
TomClash Dec 2012 #4
saidsimplesimon Dec 2012 #8
TomClash Dec 2012 #26
Faryn Balyncd Dec 2012 #5
The Doctor. Dec 2012 #6
ReRe Dec 2012 #9
leftupnorth Dec 2012 #10
Hamlette Dec 2012 #11
elleng Dec 2012 #12
Flaxbee Dec 2012 #13
Sherman A1 Dec 2012 #14
The Wielding Truth Dec 2012 #15
ReasonsVoice Dec 2012 #16
ReasonsVoice Dec 2012 #17
russspeakeasy Dec 2012 #19
Auntie Bush Dec 2012 #27
blackspade Dec 2012 #29
NRaleighLiberal Dec 2012 #18
The Wizard Dec 2012 #24
riverbendviewgal Dec 2012 #20
riverbendviewgal Dec 2012 #21
saidsimplesimon Dec 2012 #22
DeSwiss Dec 2012 #23
TeamPooka Dec 2012 #25
blackspade Dec 2012 #28
Dark n Stormy Knight Dec 2012 #30
B Calm Dec 2012 #31
stlsaxman Dec 2012 #32
tomp Dec 2012 #33
heaven05 Dec 2012 #35
heaven05 Dec 2012 #34
SunSeeker Dec 2012 #36
WilliamPitt Dec 2012 #37
butterfly77 Dec 2012 #38

Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:30 PM

1. Kicking for later reading. eom

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:37 PM

2. There is no "main stream media". There is only corporate media

looking out for corporate interests, always and forever. And until the American people understand this blatant truth, we will always be a day late and a dollar short, and continue to make excuses for the "reporters" whose very livelihood depends on whether or not they tow the corporate meme with their corporate bosses' financial interests in mind.

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Response to BlueCaliDem (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 12:06 PM

39. Well said!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:44 PM

3. I believe nothing from the idiot box..

... calling itself "news." It's all hogwash with an agenda of robbing us. All of it.

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Response to 99Forever (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 02:08 PM

7. +1 you took the words right out of my mouth.

 

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:47 PM

4. We should send the GOP Fiscal Cliff Notes

Large defense cuts

Middle class tax increases

A possible new recession or at least slower growth

A decline in corporate profits

How are you going to explain that to your constituents?

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Response to TomClash (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 02:12 PM

8. TomClash, we agree. Why not allow them to jump off the cliff? I'm

sure Boeing and other stakeholders in the defense budget will be very surprised. (That includes those who profit from the NSA (Homeland Security money rackers).

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Response to saidsimplesimon (Reply #8)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 08:19 PM

26. You bet

Quite true!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 02:07 PM

5. Fantastic article ---Corporate (including NPR) talking heads have betrayed their duty & no longer...

Last edited Sat Dec 1, 2012, 09:23 PM - Edit history (1)


...have any right to call themselves, or consider themselves, journalists.

Grunwald hits it out of the park!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 02:07 PM

6. Very nice piece of work.

 


I'm kinda in agreement.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 02:18 PM

9. Thanks Will...

...this is a good for all to read, as some are not convinced that this whole "cliff" business is nothing but a shell game. If I had to give one word to describe the GOP it would be RUSE.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 02:53 PM

10. Great post! To paraphrase Republican Jesus

Well, the trouble with our conservative friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isnít so.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 03:06 PM

11. kick

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 03:13 PM

12. True that

'as long as the media let an entire political party invent a new reality every day, it will keep on doing it. Every day.'

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 03:47 PM

13. kicking and bookmarking

Thanks for posting, WilliamPitt

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 04:05 PM

14. K&R

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 04:18 PM

15. Three cheers to Michael Grunwald! That's a really good find, Will.

...But in early 2009, when Obama began pushing his $787 billion stimulus plan, the GOP began describing stimulus as an assault on free enterpriseóeven though House Republicans (including Paul Ryan) voted for a $715 billion stimulus alternative that was virtually indistinguishable from Obamaís socialist version. The current Republican position seems to be that the fiscal cliffís instant austerity would destroy the economy, which is odd after four years of Republican clamoring for austerity, and that the cliffís military spending cuts in particular would kill jobs, which is even odder after four years of Republican insistence that government spending canít create jobs.....

Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2012/11/30/fiscal-cliff-fictions-lets-all-agree-to-pretend-the-gop-isnt-full-of-it/#ixzz2DpyMhoTE
^*(^&% Liars and Con Men!

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Response to ReasonsVoice (Reply #17)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 05:10 PM

19. Welcome.

"They don't hate the United States, they hate the United States Government". That has been my point for 5,000 posts. I think you said it better than I did.

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Response to ReasonsVoice (Reply #17)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 10:49 PM

27. I didn't know right wingers were allowed on this site.

Where'd you get all your information? Is this you Carl?

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Response to ReasonsVoice (Reply #17)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 03:33 AM

29. Your last two posts have been so full of....

mismashed bullshit, I can't even find a place to start.

Whatever 'sources' you are getting your info from are terrible.
They have not only left you uninformed but divorced from reality.

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Response to ReasonsVoice (Reply #16)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 05:06 PM

18. "ABC, CNN, NBC, are fully liberal news sources"

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #18)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 06:21 PM

24. Just subtle/sophisticated propaganda

using Pox News blatant propaganda for cover.

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Response to ReasonsVoice (Reply #16)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 05:22 PM

20. my son's wife just sold a tiny house in london with no yard for a million pounds. i am sure Hawaii

Is expensive and my son and his wife are no where as rich as the Obama's..24 million is chicken feed to the millionaires and billionaires of the USA.

As for the media fox blantantly lies. You seem to be very right wing thinking. Your common sense and logic are very unlike mine.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 05:28 PM

21. i agree

This K &R

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 05:28 PM

22. Mr. Pitt, you get it. I've been reading your articles for...well

many years. Thank you

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 06:16 PM

23. K&R

``Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.`` ~A.J. Liebling

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 07:30 PM

25. k+r!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 03:23 AM

28. +1000

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 04:17 AM

30. But, but, but...

the liberal media.

Great
article.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 06:22 AM

31. Michael Grunwald gets it! K&R

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 06:45 AM

32. Well, it isn't "irresponsible reporting", it's compliance by the media to their Corporate Masters...

They have to put food on their family, too. And just like whores; they'll perform outrageous acts for money. If they DON'T pass along the propaganda they lose their paycheck.

In fact, it's not "reporting" at all- it's "repeating".

Man, I sure miss The Horse...

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 08:36 AM

33. good writing on media function....

....short memory on the dems role in the current problem.

1)clinton/glass-stegal
2)dems voting for war
3)dems allowing raid on ss funds
4)obama/cat food commission
5)obama failure to prosecute bankers
6)obama bringing bankers into his inner circle
7)etc...

blindly loyal dems, media, back room politics, general lack of transparency, and collusion between the parties make it impossible for all the cards to be on the table. it's all about fooling the people into supporting the system.

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Response to tomp (Reply #33)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:10 AM

35. this

is the godawful truth to power, also. can the dems stand it?

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:08 AM

34. wow!

bout time. truth to power. The rethugs can't stand it.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:16 AM

36. The opening paragraph alone deserves a big, honking K&R!!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 10:59 AM

37. Up

for the Monday crowd

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 11:19 AM

38. Republicons..

keep heading for the camera claiming that this is not serious proposal,when they are afraid to put anything on the table.

The problem with cuts for republiCONS is the fact that they aren't going to hurt people.

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