For the fourth fiscal year in a row, the mainstream media has let Senate Democrats get away with not passing a single budget through their chamber. Meanwhile, the House’s moderate efforts at curbing spending have been derided as extreme and harmful to society. Well, earlier this week, Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough brought down the hammer upon his fellow media personalities and reporters. Via Mediaite’s Andrew Kirell:
After declaring for the rest of his show’s hosts that what Washington has is a “spending problem,” Scarborough took exception to Mika Brzezinski saying “we’ve got to get the two parties to seriously talk about spending,” saying:
You say to get the two parties to talk about it, let’s look at what’s happened. Paul Ryan put a budget out. What did we hear about Paul Ryan’s budget after he put it out in the House of Representatives? How savage it was, how cold it was, how cruel it was. What did Democrats put out in the Senate, which was their constitutional requirement? Nothing. They haven’t put out anything for years. They haven’t proposed cuts. They keep saying generally the president’s proposed cuts. Nobody can tell you what those specific cuts are. I’ve been very critical of Republicans, and we’ve seen quite a few tense showdowns where Republicans came on and said they aren’t going to have to raise taxes. They are. We’re in James Madison’s Washington, and so taxes had to be raised. but Democrats have to come forward with real cuts. And when is Harry Reid going to do that? When are the Democrats in the Senate — how long’s it been? How many thousands of days? 1,000? 1,100 days since the Democrats have produced a budget in the Senate? And why isn’t the media talking about this?
Scarborough is exactly right in his statement. Many Republicans have broken their alleged principles to raise taxes on the American people, yet too many Democrats are unwilling to face the realities of our nation’s financial straits. Rather than cut spending, they want to keep up the lie that tax increases can prevent a fiscal collapse.
Later, again via Mediaite:
When Brzezinski was asked her take, she said, “These Republicans need to look at why they got nothing.”
Scarborough took issue: “Wait. Are you so partisan that you can’t admit the obvious, that Republicans passed a tax increase?”
Scarborough has nailed the problem here: Republicans are willing to compromise their principles. Democrats are not willing to compromise their ideology. However, by accident or design, the media only reports half of the story, and it’s always how obstinate Republicans are. The mainstream media’s failure to report on Democratic binge spending calls into question their competence and ethics.