FORVER BLAMING THE GOP
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.”