Saturday, December 01, 2012

Calling out Republican bullshit on the "fiscal cliff"

By Michael J.W. Stickings

At Time, Michael Grunwald calls out the media for regurgitating Republican bullshit over and over again despite all the contradictions:

It's really amazing to see political reporters dutifully passing along Republican complaints that President Obama's opening offer in the fiscal cliff talks is just a recycled version of his old plan, when those same reporters spent the last year dutifully passing along Republican complaints that Obama had no plan. It's even more amazing to see them pass along Republican outrage that Obama isn't cutting Medicare enough, in the same matter-of-fact tone they used during the campaign to pass along Republican outrage that Obama was cutting Medicare.

This isn't just cognitive dissonance. It's irresponsible reporting. Mainstream media outlets don't want to look partisan, so they ignore the BS hidden in plain sight, the hypocrisy and dishonesty that defines the modern Republican Party.

It's a great piece. Make sure to read the whole thing.

My only quibble: It's not at all amazing to see this. Such irresponsibility is central to the way these reporters do their business. It's the rule, not the exception.

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