Donald Lambro

Americans have good reason to be angry about how Obama and the Democrats in Congress have failed to turn the economy around in the past two years -- how they've piled up the two largest deficits in U.S. history, and enacted a costly health care system that will impose half a trillion dollars in higher taxes on businesses and millions of Americans in the midst of a brutal, jobless recession.

While political expressions of anger are as old as the American Revolution, our politics are somewhat more civil nowadays. Still, a little shouting, booing and fist-shaking now and then is a good thing, if only to get the attention of our elected representatives, who seem to have forgotten who they work for and who sent them here.

-- Ignoring why policies fail: After covering elections for nearly 40 years, I've learned that campaign reporters do not like dealing with policies. The economy may be collapsing, businesses may be failing, the housing market may be in the tank, but they would rather report on a candidate's presumed gaffes, attack ads, a candidate who insists she is "not a witch" or how much money the Chamber of Commerce is raising to make its case to the voters.

-- I cannot recall a single network news story in the past two years that dug deeply into the administration's economic spending stimulus bill to probe why it has not created the jobs and growth that Obama and the Democrats promised.

Its chief flaw is the long lead-time it takes to get the money into the economy's bloodstream, and much of the so-called stimulus still won't be spent until next year. Many economists have criticized the plan and questioned whether it has had much of an impact at all, but their views are almost totally ignored on the nightly news.

Daily newspaper accounts have described the 1.7 percent to 2 percent economic growth rates under Obamanomics as "feeble" or "mediocre," but you don't hear such blunt descriptions of Obama's policies by the networks' White House correspondents.

The major networks of course are ideologically driven by their own liberal biases that influence the shape, tilt and spin of the news, but in the end, the voters are not fooled. They can see what's happening to the country and they recognize a cooked story when they hear it.


Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro is chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.