REPUBLICAN BLAME MACHINE
In the past two weeks, 20 million people tuned in to the broadcast networks to witness the bombastic political theater that accompanied the federal debt-ceiling debate, the government shutdown and Obamacare. And what did they discover on ABC, CBS and NBC? Oh-h-h. Republicans bad. Republicans to blame for everything.
A new Media Research Center study reviews each network’s evening newscast from the first day of the shutdown on Oct. 1 through the last night before a deal was announced.
“Of the 124 full stories and brief items about the shutdown or the pending debt-ceiling deadline, 41 blamed Republicans or conservatives for the impasse, 17 blamed both sides, and none specifically blamed Democrats,” sighs Rich Noyes, research director for the watchdog group.