Budget

CBS Blames Tea Party for Possible Government Shutdown

On Thursday's CBS Early Show, correspondent Nancy Cordes portrayed the Tea Party movement as the cause of the budget stalemate in Congress: "With a government shutdown looming, sources say ...

Buttering Up CA Budget Director (?) Fighting 'Draconian' Spending Cuts (Now It Makes Sense)

Why is the Times buttering up Ana Matosantos, a relatively obscure political figure in the California state bureaucracy? Maybe because her pull as state budget director may help push up state ...

NPR Slants 7 to 2 Towards Backers of Federal Funding of Public Broadcasting

On Thursday's All Things Considered, NPR's Jim Zarroli vouched for continuing federal funding of public broadcasting by lining up seven sound bites from three supporters of the medium, versus only ...

GOP Fight to Cut NPR a Mere 'Distraction' Over 'Trivial Amount of Money'

Michael Shear dismisses the NPR debate: "...the closer that Washington moves toward full-blown election season, the greater appetite both sides will have for small, symbolic issues that appeal to ...

MSNBC Touts Washington Post Columnist 'Taking Apart' GOP Budget Argument by Claiming U.S. 'Not Broke'

On Wednesday's Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC, fill-in host Norah O'Donnell spoke with liberal Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne about his claim that the United States is "not broke," but ...

ABC Exploits Japanese Tragedy to Undermine Minor GOP-Proposed Domestic U.S. Budget Reduction

ABC's Bill Weir inaccurately complained Friday night: "Our House of Representatives voted to slash funding for the Hawaiian tsunami warning center." Then on Saturday night, Clayton Sandell cued up ...

CBS Proclaims 'War in Wisconsin;' Did Gov. Walker 'Trick' Democrats With 'Surprise Vote'?

At the top of Thursday's CBS Early Show, co-host Chris Wragge declared: "War in Wisconsin. Democrats cry foul as Republicans break a three-week deadlock over the budget battle with a surprise ...

ABC and NBC Resort to Using 'Bert and Ernie' and 'Big Bird' to Undermine Effort to De-Fund NPR

Demonstrating how the media are an obstacle to any spending cuts, NBC and ABC on Wednesday night resorted to citing Sesame Street characters as potential "casualties in a war over culture and ...

Mika Brzezinski Bemoans Gov. Walker's Holdout: 'The Union Has Given Blood to This Guy'

On Tuesday, Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski, the self-confessed Democrat for whom appeal to sentiment is second-nature, painted the Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker as "cold" and "mean" in the ...
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