Media giving Democrats a 'pass' on spending issues?
Debate over budget coverage
- Duration 4:15
- Date Jan 7, 2013
Debate over budget coverage
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Well for months says you've probably heard the White House and Democrats were demanding higher taxes on the rich to cut the deficit they did get their tax hikes but.
They never got around to dealing with the biggest problem that's out there the federal budget.
Senate Democrats have not offered any budget for more than three years it is now 1349.
Since the senate last passed a budget.
The mainstream media seems to be letting them get away with and why.
Let's talk about it -- Ellen Ratner is bureau chief of the talk radio news service both are Fox News contributors.
On April 20 ninth of this year assuming nothing happens before then and I don't see the signs that it's gonna happen -- It'll be four years since the Democrats in the senate passed any kind of a budget they are legally required to do so.
Why haven't they and and -- the media letting them get away -- it.
Offers mother has been a budget control act that was -- and that does actually have limits so in some respects there has been a budget passed.
But the issue is why isn't the media looking into this and I think the reasons are pretty complex.
-- having to deal with personalities having to do with whether members of congress both in the senate and house are really willing to talk to the media.
Whether both sides has been more interest in and started throwing.
War -- -- each other rather than looking at the details of the budget and those are difficult all right.
Jim angered and you're gonna breaking down complex issues that -- but why don't you tell us about whether complexities involved here.
I actually -- -- -- I don't think there are a complexities here I think it's really simple that the that the mainstream media do not want to attack the Democrats they and they love attacking John Boehner and Mitch McConnell and Mitt Romney and everybody else but when it comes to Harry Reid Nancy Pelosi they they tend to give them up up past and the consequences of this are.
That you get these last minute piece of legislation like that fiscal cliff dealer or the hurricane sandy legislation which are full of tax -- for Puerto Rican -- and Hollywood and NASCAR in the you know the Justice Department limousines and -- on.
And the things that that that only people find out about after the factor at the -- you know at 1201 AM.
I want things already are have been enacted and this is a lousy way to do that run the government and the -- that Democrats under under and leader Harry Reid have been responsible for this -- You -- look long and hard -- and mainstream media commentary on this -- I I agree with you it would gym that you know it has been that this has been let -- but let's remember from 1999 to 2007.
There were three times the Republicans also did pass -- very just in to see if there was equal media coverage from that we didn't go back and take a look at it but that would be very.
You seem to take a look and Republicans did pass budgets on the house side of the last two fiscal years one of them cut six trillion dollars in spending from from the president's proposed budget.
Does the senate did vote on president Obama's book budget on May 25.
And it got no votes they voted it down nine -- seven to nothing.
But there's no budget still forthcoming in the senate itself.
And the house voted to Google and the -- house is also I think unanimously against it look it it's it's.
It's so clear that the Republicans have tried it with Paul Ryan -- that budget chairmen to put forward.
Real budgets that they think will be you know address the deficit you know decades ahead and so on and the Democrats for equally clear reasons -- -- -- -- we don't wanna.
Either an -- Either tax increases or entitlement cuts so will do the easy thing which is not to just not even to talk about -- that's a much -- marriage as politically safer way to go.
And this is why I think it's a very complex issue to cover.
I'm the Democrat side you have whether it's the unions.
And and various factions on the Republican side you may have its Wall Street and all that.
And so you have to look at who the stakeholders in.
In getting a budget passed.
-- -- I believe I'm wired under the constitution we're gonna have to leave it there interesting discussion.
You can help us -- -- -- wants -- -- -- that's what you're trying to do you think you're gonna ballot Ratner thank you both.