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Put politics aside.
Putting aside issues where there are fundamental disagreements.
And come together.
On something we agree on.
And let's not play brinksmanship.
The American people are we -- -- of they're tired of it they expect better.
It's up to the president.
To show real leadership.
He said that he won't leave down for the holidays until this bill was done.
Next up is clear.
And I present Obama needs to call on senate Democrats.
Want to go back into session.
Moved to go to conference and to sit down and resolve this bill as quickly as possible.
Well the year 2011.
-- pretty much as it started with gridlock in Washington this time it was a standoff between both parties over extending the payroll tax cut.
And continuing long term unemployment benefits.
The economy jobs and taxes the most covered story in 2011.
According to a Project for Excellence in Journalism report coverage of the economy received 20% of news time and space dedicated to it.
In print online TV news and radio.
That's up from 14%.
Are the obvious question -- why was this the most covered story well.
I mean the obvious answer is it's it is the biggest threat however I do I -- doesn't -- trend in 2011.
And that is the media upbeat.
-- the -- -- it seems like every night ABC news in particular leads with you know you'll -- -- good news good news turned the corner like -- -- think there's a political.
In the in in the Reagan White House I was there and in the bush 41 White House I can tell you.
When when the media decide they don't like the president and wanna blame him for the recession they have a way of knowing it every night as -- Herbert Hoover lives.
Is there -- -- their media blame game going -- the economy is turning around very very slowly so if the if they're reporting that and that's an accurate.
Reporting -- as if they -- reporting and then they wouldn't be being honest at the united I can't remember those.
Being covered unfortunately.
I'm in other administrations but.
But I think -- that they did that that wouldn't -- just that I just Celtic thing I've got cal can't remember.
Those that I thank you very much -- ham Lincoln once told me.
Look there is -- -- played in this obviously -- anybody who looks.
And an objective way at the media coverage over several administrations this -- the way it works.
If the economy starts to turn around and Republican administration.
The media are full of stories and editorials well it wasn't good enough it could have been better if sluggish and they go out and interview a bunch of people who are still unemployed and blame bush.
This this and.
All all Obama's policies must be working things are getting better and then the media feed.
This approval among people who don't pay a lot of attention -- the -- and when the polls come out.
Obama's -- -- 49% approval wanted to show you a symbol of what it what you might see as media bias this from the New Jersey star ledger was an article about all of this gridlock in congress but the headline caught -- Gridlock in congress defines -- Boehner -- was the headline.
Now you could have said it defines the read -- you could have said it -- defines the Obama era.
But they chose the Republican speaker the one guy who leave the Republican dominated branch of government.
-- Peasants Aaron interpretation what -- you work really.
Really disagree with this and I agree with trips and and that isn't.
The economy is turning around and I think that the what the media trying to do perhaps not successfully.
Highlight the fragility of the recovery.
And they do that again and again they didn't so much.
That they -- even looking at -- you know European Union fragility in how that could affect us and the public didn't care.
On the John Maine I think I'd say the house really is with the gridlock is mostly happening I mean they're the ones who have have been front and center in -- the entire debate so I think that.
They've -- actually draw attention to them because the house is at the center of what.
-- white lines -- him why isn't at the center.
Because that's where that's why now -- -- also I'm also president meant what the president that you could actually take it as saying.
President Obama is -- adamant that they're talking about RS XXL pipeline there's a job creating energy independence creating thing and -- -- -- though this is day 77 of Obama's.
Road blocking out of this XL pipeline strange enough separate -- I would -- gives other -- Let's let's look at the way it works -- ago when when the Republicans are trying to hold up what a democratic president wants to do -- gridlock but when the roles are reversed.
It's something totally different from the -- respect I don't know I don't know where Democrats are less likely to work with the Republicans and at present president's if you look at when bush was president and how much -- -- -- -- right it motive for his war.
The Patriot Act I mean they weren't they will work much more with -- can use a lot of media headlines say.
Basically Obama can't -- -- -- chair come on that.
-- race to replace the president in 2012 I thought.
Maybe the biggest story of the year might be the Republican debates that -- you know that 2011 was the year of Republican debates was it.
What I think this probably more than any presidential election I've seen was defined by the debates we'd be hard pressed to name and add -- but he ran.
Saturday at a -- still but we all know.
-- in the 53 seconds.
Spring for use -- that.
-- are those Becky Becky Becky senate.
No closer together I think -- meted out kind of trump the patent.
I -- here's what's wrong with -- -- so called debates number one they're not real debates in the classical sense number two they're all the same he looked like jeopardy contestants and the answer is.
-- Why why -- the politicians continue to allow.
The media to hold the the game on this they ought to say okay we'll do one or two of those for you but that we're gonna do something like Gingrich proposed the Lincoln Douglas I think when it.
It didn't want her first -- no coverage.
-- Biggest -- Ultimately you could argue about this one during a break but first --
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