Brent Bozell

Once again, we've reached a government shutdown over irresponsible government spending. Once more, the media are proclaiming the world is coming to an end and blaming conservative Republicans for everything. They are working hand in glove with the Never Enough Government lobby that dominates Washington, without a shred of shame.

Anchors and editors continue to insist that if the GOP were smart, it would bow to "conventional wisdom" and put its foot on the fiscal accelerator. That's what this is about. The elites fully expected Republicans "led" by McConnell and Boehner to fold and are stunned -- furious, really -- that they are being disobeyed.

There are new sheriffs in Washington who won't be intimidated and are willing to fight this Wild West of government excess. Their names include Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul.

In politics, there are four levels of response to political insurgency: Ignore, ridicule, savage, accept. We are at Stage Two, moving toward Stage Three. TV reporters treat them as comic figures. ABC's Jon Karl took the marathon Cruz speech and fast-forwarded it in mockery, declaring, "The absurdities were on display when tea party hero Ted Cruz gave his 20-hour-plus speech demanding an end to Obamacare in exchange for funding the government. Bedtime story included." Cruz read a Dr. Seuss story to his children over the TV since he wasn't coming home.

Then, Karl showed a mocking clip from liberal comedian Jon Stewart, reading from a fake book called "The Bore-ax" that Cruz was the "showboatiest blab" in the "Senate of snooze."

Ridicule, however, won't suffice on the budget battles. This is where distortions and negative attacks come in. Seven months ago, reporters reflexively launched into complete Panic Mode to push Obama's theme on the sequester.

ABC morning anchor Josh Elliott warned, "Massive government cuts go into effect that could impact every American: jobs vaporizing, flights delayed, even criminals walking free." ABC reporter David Kerley said, "It sounds like a disaster movie!"

None of that happened. None of it. Who is the fool now? ABC reporters really deserve to be put in fast-forward video, followed by a Jon Stewart joke about blabby showboating.

Reporters' respect for the viewers of TV news is so low that they simply ignore disturbing little facts like the enormous size of our deficits, or even the size of the annual federal budget in trillions. That is immaterial somehow. They are allergic to words like "trillion." ABC saves it for stories like this: "Beer is a $100 billion industry in this country, selling over 6 trillion gallons per year."


Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
 
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