Sun Jan 6, 2013, 12:25 PM
TomCADem (6,873 posts)
HuffPo - "Debt Ceiling Crisis 2013: The Media Needs To Be Trained" - No False Equivalency!
This is a nice article that calls out the mainstream media for enabling Republicans by not pressing them on the fact that they are proposing to damage the economy on purpose. If Democrats seriously made similar extortion demands, the media would be whipping up the public similar to what the media did in whipping up the Tea Party hysteria, which of course was powered by millions in corporate astroturf.
But what's changed to make things worse is that this is no longer mere idle talk and procedural bravado -- there are people in Congress who truly see default as an ideal alternative to having to concede any points in what should be a rational process of negotiation and deal-making. Rep. Michele Bachmann made her willingness to destroy the global economy for the glory of Tea Party Caucus a central selling point for her presidential candidacy. And now, legislators who were once considered reasonable have become enablers to the lunatics. (And unfortunately for everyone, a key enabler to this madness has been that former Illinois Senator, who opened the door to negotiating over the debt ceiling back when he was still hopeful of a "grand bargain" on the debt.)
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HuffPo - "Debt Ceiling Crisis 2013: The Media Needs To Be Trained" - No False Equivalency! (Original post)
Response to Flabbergasted (Reply #1)
Sun Jan 6, 2013, 12:39 PM
TomCADem (6,873 posts)
2. Media Will Portray Ensuing Chaos As Obama's Economic Policies
The problem is that Republicans will not be held accountable for the meltdown that follows.
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Sun Jan 6, 2013, 12:55 PM
Flabbergasted (7,826 posts)
3. There are media outlets that may try that but it is would be pretty obvious that it isn't true...
I don't think the R handlers will endorse this strategy all the way through to default. The GOP is a damaged brand. They don't have the political capital to force Obama to accept concessions on this. And the media will not have the power to sculpt public opinion to blame it on obama's economic policies.
This can only damage the GOP further imo.