The nation’s big three news networks are falling right into place for President Obama and the Democrats, blaming the Republican Party for the government shutdown by a whopping 21-0 story count.
According to a survey by the conservative media watchdog Media Research Center, in 39 stories during the two weeks leading up to the shutdown, CBS, ABC and NBC blamed the failure to cut a budget deal on the Republicans 21 times, both parties four times, and Democrats zero times. In 14 stories, nobody was to blame.
Some examples of how the story is being played on the networks:
– “CBS Evening News” correspondent Nancy Cordes on Sept. 18: “Speaker Boehner was forced into the risky strategy by his right flank … [a strategy] one Senate Republican described to us today as suicide.”
– ABC’s Diane Sawyer: “The president expressed outrage that one faction in one house of Congress is ready to bring the entire federal government to a halt.”
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The Media Research Center reports:
As explained by network news correspondents, the responsibility for the deadlock lies with Republicans for failing to put aside their opposition to ObamaCare. Talking about the initial House Republican decision to seek defunding of the health care law, CBS Evening News correspondent Nancy Cordes on September 18 said “Speaker Boehner was forced into the risky strategy by his right flank…[a strategy] one Senate Republican described to us today as suicide.”
The Atlantic Wire takes a shot at the Shutdown Blame Game:
Happy government shutdown! Now that large portions of the federal government are on hold, it’s time to get down to the important business of figuring out who to blame. Three candidates have emerged: Democrats, Republicans, and the media. And while all three have gotten substantial case-making word counts in recent days, not all scapegoats are created equal. The real question is: who should take the blame for the impending shutdown? We’ve broken down the arguments, and why they’re wrong or right, below:
Tonya Harding : Nancy Kerrigan :: House Republicans : The United States of America #sorelosers
— Marty Beckerman (@martybeckerman) September 30, 2013
Republicans are taking on a decent amount of blame for the shutdown, and for good reason: Sen. Ted Cruz spent 21 hours delaying Senate action on a continuing resolution he supported, giving Congress, including his own party, less time to come up with a compromise. House Republicans tied a defunding, and then a delay, of Obamacare to the continuing resolution that still needs to pass for the government to get going again.