Monday, September 30, 2013
- It's Different This Time: Part 28,374,432
There seems to be some debate about who is going to be blamed for the government shutdown, the inevitability of which has now become a foregone conclusion. There are a number of Republican information sources who are tossing around the idea that unlike the 90's, this time both parties might be blamed.
As a professional consumer of the news, I find this totally laughable. Just think about it, if there is one thing that has changed since the 90's it's that the news media is now even more openly partisan than before. They make no bones about treating all good things as having come from Democrats and all evil, vile disgusting, racist, greedy, things, coming only from Republicans. They don't even pretend to be bystanders anymore.
Barak Obama could be standing on the steps of the Capital building as if her were fellow Democrat George Wallace at the University of Alabama; he could be smashing the last stone bridge like Gandolf in lord of the rings screaming "You shall not pass!!!", and the press will only say he was reluctantly forced into it by the extreme right wing, vicious, cruel, racist Republicans. He could physically obstruct Congress from agreeing on something, and the press will blame it on someone else.
There is no way the Republicans don't get blamed for this, and the low information voters will believe everything they're told by their masters. That's the way it goes with a news industry that is homogeneously left leaning.
The only way the Republicans get something resembling a win out of this, is if they realize that they are answerable to a completely different constituency than Democrats. And then remember that the constituency they are answerable to doesn't listen to the left wing news sources.