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Repub­li­cans have been al­most uni­ver­sally blamed for the gov­ern­ment shut­down in melo­dra­matic re­ports from the White House, am­pli­fied by a sym­pa­thetic lib­eral me­dia. The press, how­ever, lit­er­ally teed up the blame game many days ago.

A new Me­dia Re­search Center anal­y­sis of broad­cast news cov­er­age shows that ABC, CBS and NBC spent the two weeks be­fore the ac­tual shut­down care­fully po­si­tion­ing con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans — es­pe­cially con­ser­va­tives and tea party folk — for one whack af­ter another.

“By the time the shut­down ac­tu­ally took place on Tues­day, news au­di­ences had been re­peat­edly in­structed to think about it as a GOP-gen­er­ated cri­sis,” says Rich Noyes, re­search di­rec­tor for the Me­dia Re­search Center.

The study ex­am­ined cov­er­age from Sept. 17 to 30 to find that out of 39 shut­down sto­ries, 21 col­lared Repub­li­cans for “trig­ger­ing the cri­sis” com­pared to four that blamed both sides and ab­so­lutely none, as in zero and nada, that blamed Democrats.


Kansas Gov. Sam Brown­back told mem­bers of the Con­ser­va­tive Po­lit­i­cal Ac­tion Con­fer­ence in St. Louis, “We just need to be Amer­ica again.”

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