Battle over the budget
Media target GOP for fiscal cliff fears
- Duration 5:53
- Date Dec 8, 2012
Media target GOP for fiscal cliff fears
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If you -- to know how broken how partisan our congress and our government has become all you need to look at as this one day in Washington where tonight we're no closer to compromise on a deal to avoid that so called fiscal class it was also.
Warm in the nation's capital today despite the big chill.
Between Democrats and Republicans President Obama dug in his heels today.
Insisting on a tax increase for higher income earners Democrats and Republicans do agree on some things about the approaching budget deadline.
Both agree that the other's proposals are ridiculous.
Just -- sampling of the coverage this week as a media -- -- watch on what's being done or not.
To avert the fiscal cliff Jim the overriding theme in the media seems to be the President Obama won the election and -- -- get to do what he wants but people forget -- the media seem to forget.
The John Boehner and everybody else in the house one.
-- elections as well and they are a coequal branch of government true I think the media love the story of president Obama's come back the New York Times presidents disciplined and unyielding.
In steely in this focus on on this but -- there -- other media stories too as well.
What will be the second media story or narrative.
Is which Republican wants to quote growth.
By discovering the back -- purchase of tack of tax increases and get new respect from the mainstream media.
The third is sort of McConnell and Boehner egg industry is what are they gonna do you know back -- worth.
And the media tour -- praise them -- they think a raise taxes but don't wanna -- what they think they won't the four story is Grover Norquist is sort of the double figure but.
Unfortunately for that narrative he's actually kind of a funny clever guy when it does interviews -- -- but they still.
What but the burden on him and then that this story is a conservative intellectual rebellions -- people like.
Charles Krauthammer and Steve Forbes and it is a better way to do this and negotiating with a White House.
The media like that's -- the least.
The six story jam -- they.
Media that quote progressive media MSNBC.
Sure thing down to the White House to have an earnest chat chat with the president about how important not going over the fiscal cliff -- and how important is that they persuade their viewers.
214 times they'll lose obstruct cars people who oppose them up so that we can actually avoid the -- that's amazing.
You know the media did not include the people who are not included -- Thom Hartmann it was Alan Combs there -- a lot of people that the White House left out of that meeting.
That never made it to the meeting either in terms of who they put an -- -- they put up I mean you just put out the story without doing any better.
Mark there there was a column by George will titled bewitched by Obama he writes.
Even Jonathan Swift who said the promises and pie crusts are made to be broken.
Might have marveled at the limited shelf life of Barack Obama's promise of a balanced deficit reduction plan.
Substantial spending cuts to a company revenue increases.
Is there any media pressure on the White House for that.
There is no immediate pressure on the White House to to explain any of -- It would so fascinates me and watch watching all of this and we're talking about the PR and how did the press is covering -- -- especially as it comes out of the White House and the Democrats.
On the other side the Republicans have no PR they don't have a coherent message they don't have a coherent message -- But what I find fascinating is that the press doesn't cover.
Why Obama is doing what he's doing in this gets to your point John.
There's this assumption that the president doesn't -- -- go over the fiscal cliff like the Republicans don't wanna go over the fiscal cliff and I think that's the wrong assumption I think the president does want to go over the fiscal cliff and yet there's been no coverage of that whatsoever.
Bob Woodward actually give the video interview to Politico this week.
And he said -- Barack Obama what drives him this is not a big mystery here at this point.
You have -- the media seem to have no problem supporting the idea of putting higher taxes on higher wage earners in this country take a look at this.
From the California teachers union.
An ordinary people wondered why reach people needed so much money the 1% said don't -- every.
This is good for you too because it will trickle down Hamas do you.
Someday you'll be rich and then the rules we made for us what you are holds true.
That's -- as -- the actor voicing that production what's been the media reaction.
Not much -- part of it is act I'd be hard pressed on -- friendly channel.
To describe what would -- -- you have to look -- -- want to look closely.
-- appear to -- urinating on ordinary Americans which is kind of -- -- and I don't -- -- on the board members of Arrested Development of -- -- had put that video on his YouTube -- where I think there have been more explosion.
And and this from the teachers union.
Yes in the live nation's most populous state but is California after all and people are used to kind of over the top in California whether it's.
Violent video games or.
People peeing on -- I think other people I mean it just goes with the territory and I think it's up to individuals to decide.
How to me.
Feel about that on the other hand I don't want anyone to tell and as -- he can't do it because that would be interfering.
With its free speech and I'm against you know -- interesting now.
If you look at the media on this whole issue -- -- and then Media Research Center and I'm not exactly -- their ilk but that they're right on this one.
They said and that ABC news had talked about tax cuts.
Seventeen times but no one really talked about spending cuts that's was another issue that this week.
Was I think front and honest and that's -- cartoon with the media's not pointing out that they love to indulge in the class warfare rhetoric that you see in this cartoon.
But what they're not pointing out is that the the evil 1% the so called rich.
Urinating on the -- Also known as primary taxpayers in California and around the country and without -- primary taxpayers these teachers don't have jobs or salaries.