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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Cliff walk

There we go again. We are peering over the same precipice we faced a year ago, aided and abetted by a media that has largely failed to go beyond the canned sound bites we've been spoon fed.

Aside from an occasional enterprising look at reality versus the rhetoric of austerity offered by Republicans, the media has been content to repeat talking points without bothering to analyze the credibility of the speakers.

That's no doubt why Barack Obama opted to face David Gregory on Meet the Press today, looking for a similar platform to offer his own talking points.
“Now if we have raised some revenue by the wealthy paying a little bit more, that would be sufficient to turn off what’s called the sequester, these automatic spending cuts, and that also would have a better outcome for our economy long-term,” Mr. Obama said. “But so far, at least, Congress has not been able to get this stuff done.  Not because Democrats in Congress don’t want to go ahead and cooperate, but because I think it’s been very hard for Speaker Boehner and Republican Leader McConnell to accept the fact that taxes on the wealthiest Americans should go up a little bit, as part of an overall deficit reduction package.”
Republican talking heads will surely respond that Obama has refused to compromise, what can only be called a bald-faced lie in the reality that while Obama has been willing to raise his no new taxes threshold from $250,000 to $400,000 while the GOP set $1 million as a base in a laughable fraud of a "Plan B" that was rejected as too much hardship for the wealthy by the Tea Party radicals who have hijacked the House.

But back to the matter at hand. The media may share almost as much culpability as the partisans by failing to sort out fact from talking point and assigning false equivalence to the claims -- by paying to attention to the men behind the curtain.

No one has covered themselves in glory in this insult to the American taxpayer, and that includes the Fourth Estate that has come to view stenography, not reporting, as their calling.

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