ABC's Jack Smith unloaded this dire warning at the end of 1995: "Monuments and national parks are shut. So are museums. A long-awaited rare exhibit of the Dutch painter Vermeer at the National Gallery, eight years in the making, is closed. And the shutdown now has a human face. Joe Skattleberry and his wife Lisa both work for the government. Both have been furloughed. They can't afford a Christmas tree."
Please suspend all reason and try to avoid wondering how two federal workers couldn't spare $50 for a Christmas tree. Smith reported this a week into the shutdown and before paychecks were even delayed.
On Jan. 2, 1996, future "CBS Evening News" anchor Scott Pelley compared budget negotiators to bombers: "In April, terrorists tried to kill them. Today, politicians stopped their paychecks. In Oklahoma City's Social Security office, they're being ordered to work for nothing. ... The bomb broke Beverly Rankin's ankle. Politics is breaking her bank."
They called this a "newscast." It sounded more like CBS started a super PAC to run negative ads against Newt Gingrich. They wonder why a strong majority now tells pollsters that the media is guilty of favoring one side. The favoritism isn't just obvious it's completely shameless.
We've lived through four years of Obama, and as the federal government overspent us into trillion-dollar deficits every year, no reporter hit a panic button. The Federal Reserve is printing money like it's making Monopoly games, and no journalist is reporting with their hair on fire. The tax burden on most Americans went up this year, and no one took a camera and a microphone to interview someone who'll get by on a few less thousand dollars this year.
Our journalists talk like they're not only willing marionettes for the Obama panic message but like they're addicts for ever-growing government. Every potential spending limitation is portrayed as a dire and cruel assault on the suffering. In the statist mindset of the media elites, an American can never suffer from more government, only from less.
Americans won't feel these GOP-made disasters because they won't happen. They will, however, remember the hype. Perhaps the press will understand why only 6 percent of the public finds them "very trustworthy."