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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:30 PM
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Media establishment pronounces Obamas plan serious
By Greg Sargent


The Post editorial board praised Obama for an important and welcome contribution to the debate, and said the President is correct to call for new taxes. Joe Klein hailed Obamas sense of proportion and sanity. Marc Ambinders piece described Obama as reasonable and courageous. The Times editorial board pronounced Obama reinvigorated. Fareed Zakaria declared the speech important and serious. The Los Angeles Times editorial board said Obamas plan offered more concrete steps than the GOP did. Chris Cillizza pronounced the speech successful.

There are exceptions: Ron Fournier flirted with the notion that Obamas speech was overly political. Some news articles did describe it as partisan.

Its true that some of the above voices hailing Obamas performance are center left. But they represent an important chunk of the political media establishment. And the clear consensus among them was that Obamas speech was eloquent and effective, and that his proposal was yup serious. Some of them even hinted that Obamas plan is more serious than Ryans, if such a thing is possible.

Halperin and Politico are, if anything, in the minority. The important story here is that the Beltway media establishment by and large treated Obamas speech with real seriousness of purpose, and in so doing, ended up giving it pretty high marks.
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:34 PM
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1. I'd like to know just why the President's speech shouldn't be partisan?
This is politics, after all.

And the Republicans have been sniping at him for years. Time they got some of that back, IMHO!

And it is a serious plan.


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Pharaoh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:35 PM
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2. Yes it was a fine speech,
just like all the ones he made last time in campaign mode~

But I must ask, where's the beef?
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