Media change their sequester tune
Doom and gloom theme abandoned?
- Duration 6:42
- Date Mar 9, 2013
Doom and gloom theme abandoned?
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-- panel this week -- writer and Fox News contributor Judy Miller editor of the national review Rich Lowry.
Jim Pinkerton contributing editor of the American conservative magazines and Daily Beast columnist hears and -- I'm John Scott FOX News Watch is off right now.
These cuts are not Smart.
They'll hurt our economy and cost us jobs.
And congress can turn them off at any time.
As soon as both sides are willing to compromise.
And at a time when too many of our friends and neighbors are still looking for work it's inexcusable.
Hundreds of thousands of Americans who serve their country.
Border Patrol agents FBI agents civilians who work for the Defense Department.
We'll see their wages cut and their hours reduced.
I remember that the president pushing the doom and gloom scenario over the sequester and as we have discussed on this program the media pretty much -- of the White House -- Well they hysteria I've never really came the trains and planes are still running in this country the lights are still on.
Sewage is not flowing in the streets as far as we are aware.
But the -- seem to have changed their tune.
The Washington Times Obama poll numbers take a post sequestered dive.
The Washington Post did Obama want cry wolf on sequester.
From US news and world report how all bomb bungled the sequester.
And from Politico Obama administration sequester claims shot down by fact checkers.
Even Tom Brokaw said mr.
Obama spent too much time campaigning suggesting he should have been at Camp David with congressional leaders working out a deal.
So Jim has the coverage changed have we seen that about face.
I think it has the media -- -- senators Geoffrey Dickens when it out that two thirds of the mainstream media coverage was alarmist before all has happened but then I think.
Last week I said that the administration is getting a little ahead of its fees -- terms as a question in terms of pushing too hard terms it's declaring you know doom and gloom.
And I think.
Having watched Saturday Night Live last weekend where they had -- They -- Obama saying quote I don't know anything about money unquote think now you could say the administration is has jumped the shark.
And on that he's a TV cliche and existed then they further compound the problem like cancer in the White House tour -- -- it was a PR fiasco.
That even the mainstream media had to make fun -- You bring up the Media Research Center 66%.
Of the study of the stories done from.
Valentine's Day -- -- fourteenth until March 1 when the sequester actually kicked in 66%.
Advance essentially the White House talking points on ABC 89%.
Of the stories.
Parity in the White House line about budget panic and this -- is going to fall that doesn't exactly seem to comport with what we're seeing here.
Right exactly but I think that counts for the political backlash as Jim was saying and I find it interesting that.
This week in the Washington Post you had two very different columnists.
Jennifer Rubin same.
Wave really is everybody I'm trying to figure out the actual impact.
On the economy of these of these sequester cuts and Howard Kurtz who is not exactly.
On the same political ideological spectrum as -- ever.
Rubin saying you know if the media had spent 10% of the time that we've spent on beyond saying his lip sync.
We might know more about the actual impact of this and I think that -- Is an area where the media fell -- -- did that do the media just take the White House line as gospel that all of these people we're gonna lose their jobs and you know economic -- was going to result.
Well I think they took -- the gospel up to a point and then act.
It started as we got closer to -- I think people start to realize that some of the stuff they're saying.
Wasn't really adding up and -- -- making very specific claims that the president claiming about senators knocking pavement turn -- -- wasn't true and so.
I think but I agree about how he was saying because they're actually would be a real impact of this long term benefit if it is that they don't do something about it and that hasn't really been talked about in the CBOs projected 750000.
In a fragile economy.
Instead the White House is making -- to the stories about -- and counseling White House tours we are.
Borrowing forty cents of every dollar we spend rich and yet they can't find a way to keep the White House open -- Yes well this is a classic instance picking out the most painful possible high profile.
Cut but I think there's a hierarchy in a plane worthiness and how incredulous -- -- -- -- The local media and local he was the very worst fear of the White House you just send out a press release mentioning a local towners statement when he's outside a military base -- going to be on -- 10 o'clock news just regurgitate it.
Verbatim pretty much the network news -- the next worst.
And not so bad -- -- some that was bad that you had some really good fact checking particularly out of the Washington Post and blew the whistle on our Arnie Duncan's rankings adoration.
And a couple of the stories that didn't pan out so it all wasn't terrible.
Is it any coincidence Jim that the White House is now out on sort of a charm offensive with Republicans in on certain -- in congress -- put another way a 180 degree reversed course of.
No negotiations to taking all out to dinner yes I agree with rich that Glenn Kessler the Washington Post and handing -- the -- goes to the White House like like candy.
And even Howard Schneider.
And a headline and a post story titled White House seeks new money for Diana.
The middle of all the stuff but we can't afford let -- -- the White House is asking for 65 billion dollars.
For the International Monetary Fund and and as Snyder said talk about awkward time.
-- -- first word of his life.
The story we're viewed the Kimberly stressful -- Wall Street Journal columnist pointed out this week we're spending 27 million dollars on a program.
He and North Africa that includes.
Pottery making -- in the.
Yes but you know we we can always do that we can always look at some silly sounding program in the foreign oil budget which is a miniscule.
Part of the budget.
Mean let's look a little closer at the Pentagon and Kerry can.
This notion that the president has no choice -- just got to cut across the board.
That is where the leadership issue that Tom Brokaw was complaining about really manifests itself he can make this last.
I'm guessing you should have been in this street is take its -- just gone talked to some of these government unions there's no way they can be fired or furloughed immediately.
It was gonna take months and even if you -- -- and that there's a long term harmful effect there's no way is gonna happen on -- time friend.
Immediately within weeks of this question.