This article shows how biased the media is in reporting the shutdown:
NPR’s Mara Liasson explained the situation on Morning Edition: Republicans say they’ll only fund the government if they can kill or delay the Affordable Care Act, and Democrats “aren’t in the mood to rescue the Republicans from the box they’ve got themselves in.”
Liasson isn’t stupid but that’s some of the most foolish-sounding reporting I’ve ever heard. Republicans aren’t in a box, at least one where they need to be rescued from.
On the other hand, Democrats keep digging deeper and deeper holes for themselves. Any time that Harry Reid is telling reporters that he isn’t interested in funding the NIH so that children with cancer could get cured isn’t a good day for the Democrats. Each time President Obama plays the role of spoiled brat who won’t negotiate with Republicans, Republicans have a good day.
Then there’s the disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges. Each day, people get frustrated with the websites. They encounter long delays or, worse, crashed websites. While President Obama insists that the House pass a clean continuing resolution, the reality that the exchanges aren’t ready for primetime sets in more and more.
Obama also said that he would not negotiate with Republicans over a budget until they reopen the government and agree to raise the debt ceiling.
He said he would not negotiate now because he was not going to allow a faction from one party to “extort concessions.”
Mr. President, what you call extorting concessions is frequently considered routine negotiations. Further, Republicans are simply asking that Democrats agree to a year delay while the Obama administration gets the exchanges functioning properly. That isn’t an unreasonable demand. In fact, it’s the only legitimate option.
If Ms. Liasson paid attention to what’s happening, she’d notice that President Obama and Sen. Reid are creating a PR nightmare.
Yesterday, Harry Reid responded to a question from CNN’s Dana Bash, who asked why they wouldn’t fund the NIH. Sen. Reid’s response was “Why would we do that?”
In Tuesday, President Obama ordered the World War II Memorial barricaded. The goal was to prevent World War II vets being flown in by Honor Flight from visiting the memorial built in their honor by private funds. Members of Congress ignored the order and helped the veterans visit their memorial.
Again, that’s a PR nightmare for this administration.
Returning to Ms. Liasson’s quote, I’d argue that it’s President Obama and Sen. Reid who need rescuing from their pettiness and their acting like spoiled brats. She’d know that if she paid attention to President Obama and Sen. Reid. They’re acting like petulant little spoiled brats.
Finally, Ms. Liasson should read Legal Insurrection’s post. It highlights the Democrats’ incendiary rhetoric:
1. “Unhinged” Arsonists (Wasserman-Schultz)
2. Insane People Who “Have Lost their Minds” (Harry Reid)
3. “People with a Bomb Strapped to their Chest” (aka Terrorists)(Dan Pfeiffer)
4. Blatant Extortionists (Jay Carney)
5. “Legislative Arsonists” (Nancy Pelosi)
It’s likely that Ms. Liasson’s job description includes frequently kissing up to President Obama and his allies in the House and Senate but is it too much to ask her to talk about the Democrats’ petulant behavior?