Contrast: How the L.A. Times Portrays Republican Opposition Now, Vs. How They Portrayed Democrat Opposition in 2001
If you think Republicans and Democrats are portrayed the same at the L.A. Times, read on.
It’s “Obama is bipartisan and Republicans are jerks!” week at the Los Angeles Times.
On Monday we were told that Republicans signaled they “would not be daunted by President Obama’s soaring approval ratings” — and McCain was chided for his “sharp criticism” even though he was the “recipient of aggressive outreach as part of the new president’s efforts to forge an image of bipartisanship.”
Yesterday we were told that “Republicans have continued to snipe at [Obama's] signature initiative.”
Today’s Los Angeles Times contains another song of praise for the very, very bipartisan Obama, and more loaded language portraying Republicans as intransigent jackasses:
Trying to build support for his $825-billion economic stimulus plan before a crucial vote, President Obama traveled to Capitol Hill on Tuesday but continued to meet a stubborn wall of complaints from Republicans that the cost of the package was unacceptable.
So to sum up: Despite Obama’s reaching across the aisle, Republicans “aren’t daunted by [his] soaring approval ratings.” Instead, Republicans are continuing to “snipe” with their “sharp criticism” and “stubborn wall of complaints.”
Just as a reminder: in 2001, when newly elected President Bush was pushing a tax cut plan, the Democrats in opposition were portrayed a little differently:
Democratic leaders, now on the defensive, argued that Bush’s plan is too large and too heavily skewed toward the wealthy.
They fear that projections of the federal budget surplus–$5.6 trillion over 10 years–could be wildly overestimated and that the tax plan’s fiscal drain could be underestimated. If so, the tax cut might leave none of the surplus to shore up Medicare and Social Security and pay down the national debt.
Among Democrats sensing the growing sentiment for a tax cut, opposition is built around concerns that the federal budget cannot handle increased Pentagon spending, growth in Medicare and funding of domestic policy initiatives that Bush favors while leaving a “rainy day” fund to protect the balanced budget against an economic downturn.
Democrats served notice, however, that they would support tax cutting, but only so far.
How courageous! And how different from Republican sniping and that stubborn wall of complaints from the GOP.
But just remember: all this newspaper is doing is reporting the news, straight down the middle. Nothing more, nothing less.