We are going broke. So how is that being covered? On ABC over the last three months, the word "deficit" came up exactly once on their morning and evening newscasts, with George Stephanopoulos simply saying on a Sunday edition of "Good Morning America" that Obama planned on a "deficit deal" in the fall. These same shows addressed "attention deficit disorder" three times. But they have their journalistic priorities. ABC "News" did address the word "twerking" 15 times over the last month since the Miley Cyrus dancing debacle at the MTV Video Music Awards.
A political junkie could have more respect for network news if they made any attempt to demonstrate a seriousness of purpose. If these stories were filled with policy substance and explained how the budgeting process has broken down, then their usual tilt toward the Democrats wouldn't be as atrocious. Their usual weapon of choice is the "spending cut victim" story that rages against "heartless" attempts to rein in spending growth.
They aren't really doing stories about the budget. They're doing stories loaded with soundbite duels, assessing which party (which is to say, the one that starts with an R) is going to suffer for refusing to bend. They're not filing stories about how Obamacare is failing, when the unions are scratching their way out and UPS is dropping coverage to 15,000 spouses and IBM is ousting 110,000 retirees from its health insurance program at the end of the year. What's the fun in substance?
The new Republicans in town are showing Ronald Reagan's willingness to upset the media apple carts. They are -- correctly -- ignoring the please from Washington elites to get along with the media. Reagan dragged journalists along, kicking and screaming, while his policies led to an historic economic recovery and a collapsing Soviet empire. It will work for the tea party stalwarts in keeping this country from sinking further into staggering debt and statist misery.
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