Democrats Fight Back as President Obama Tears Apart The Media’s Lazy Reporting

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At a fundraiser in Chicago, President Obama called out the media’s lazy and cowardly both sides do it style of reporting.

Transcript of President Obama’s remarks:

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Now, you’ll hear if you watch the nightly news or you read the newspapers that, well, there’s gridlock, Congress is broken, approval ratings for Congress are terrible. And there’s a tendency to say, a plague on both your houses. But the truth of the matter is that the problem in Congress is very specific. We have a group of folks in the Republican Party who have taken over who are so ideologically rigid, who are so committed to an economic theory that says if folks at the top do very well then everybody else is somehow going to do well; who deny the science of climate change; who don’t think making investments in early childhood education makes sense; who have repeatedly blocked raising a minimum wage so if you work full-time in this country you’re not living in poverty; who scoff at the notion that we might have a problem with women not getting paid for doing the same work that men are doing.

They, so far, at least, have refused to budge on bipartisan legislation to fix our immigration system, despite the fact that every economist who’s looked at it says it’s going to improve our economy, cut our deficits, help spawn entrepreneurship, and alleviate great pain from millions of families all across the country.

So the problem is not Dick Durbin. The problem is not Michael Bennet. The problem is not that the Democrats are overly ideological — because the truth of the matter is, is that the Democrats in Congress have consistently been willing to compromise and reach out to the other side. There are no radical proposals coming out from the left. When we talk about climate change, we talk about how do we incentivize through the market greater investment in clean energy. When we talk about immigration reform there’s no wild-eyed romanticism. We say we’re going to be tough on the borders, but let’s also make sure that the system works to allow families to stay together, and that we’re attracting talent like Michael who constantly replenish the American Dream.

When we talk about taxes we don’t say we’re going to have rates in the 70 percent or 90 percent when it comes to income like existed here 50, 60 years ago. We say let’s just make sure that those of us who have been incredibly blessed by this country are giving back to kids so that they’re getting a good start in life, so that they get early childhood education, so that struggling middle-class families are able to finance their education, and that if a talented young person wants to go into teaching or wants to become a social worker that they’re not burdened by hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of debt.

Health care — we didn’t suddenly impose some wild, crazy system. All we said was let’s make sure everybody has insurance. And this made the other side go nuts — the simple idea that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, nobody should go bankrupt because somebody in their family gets sick, working within a private system.

So when you hear a false equivalence that somehow, well, Congress is just broken, it’s not true. What’s broken right now is a Republican Party that repeatedly says no to proven, time-tested strategies to grow the economy, create more jobs, ensure fairness, open up opportunity to all people.

The truth is that Democrats have consistently tried to compromise and do the right thing for the country, but the rigid Republican ideologues in Congress respond with no. Obama was correct. There is nothing radical coming out of the left. Every policy prescription offered from climate change to the economy to healthcare has been moderate. Even when Democrats suggest moderate policies that Republicans used to support, they are met with cries of socialism.

The media has enabled this Republican behavior by confusing neutrality with laziness. The media doesn’t care about facts. The both sides do it argument is a way for the media to get out of doing their jobs. Obama was right. Washington isn’t broken. The Republican Party is broken, and when a broken party controls one chamber of Congress, chaos will take hold.

President Obama’s comments were similar to those made by Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid when he called out Chuck Todd and the media for covering up for Republicans. Democrats understand that they can’t count on the media to debunk the Republican lies. The media is more than happy to play dumb and stick with their both sides do it babble. so Democrats are fighting back.

Obama and the Democrats aren’t going to stand around and let the media pretend that both sides do it. One side and only one side is responsible for the problems. If the American people want a government that functions the way it was intended to, they need to vote out the element of crazy that has infected the Republican Party.

Since the media refuses to accurately report what is going on, Obama and the Democrats are going to have to take their message directly to the people. Liberal media bias is a myth, but Republican enabling media laziness is the real deal.

21 Replies to “Democrats Fight Back as President Obama Tears Apart The Media’s Lazy Reporting”

  1. Everything our President Mr. Obama said is 100% true! The media is not “lamestream” as the idiots like $arah Palin scream, they are COWARDS that are scared crapless of the Reich Wing and the billionaires. That’s why this notion of a “liberal media” is so mislabeled. The “Liberal Media” is the only place to find TRUTH, FACTS, and REALITY! It should be called Factual Media…you know like Democratically agenda driven media. And there is only ONE side in the congress and even in the senate that are causing every problem, The Repubs. and Conservs. and the Tea Potty Traitors.

  2. We have a Strong and a Fair President who has done nothing but try to his very best for the country while battling with the Party of No… How can anyone accomplish anything when there is such negativity coming from the Republican Party and the media who feed nothing but lies to the people…From day one of President Obama’s term he has seen the other side and how unfair the middle class is treated, actually they are wiping out the middle class while they continually go about their selfish ways… Look how our Veterans are treated, it’s a disgrace…
    We need to fight back and call out the Party Of No with all their distorted lies…give back the country to the people who deserve better treatment then they are receiving… They line their pockets while others are trying to make ends meet and then call them lazy and welfare spongers… The Party of No is responsible for all the chaos they are causing in this country, they protect Big Business and tax the smaller ppl…

  3. A small handful of corporations should not be allowed to monopolize the news media.

    That monopolization effectively silences those who may otherwise speak out as they will no longer have a job, and they will very likely be attacked in an effort to discredit them.

    That is not the American way.

    I am very aware of what is happening because I seek the truth wherever I can find it.

    I am very concerned about the lack of knowledge possessed by the average citizen.

    With the exception of a small handful of people that I know, most are clueless as to what Republicans are attempting to do to America.

    Unfortunately, I guess things will have to get much worse before the average American will begin to pay attention to what is happening to their country.

    This country has suffered much damage at the hands of the RW. I hope the awakening occurs before we suffer much more.

  4. A recent Salon article tells the extremely uncomfortable truth that 95% of the income gains went to just 16,000 households. This is completely unsustainable.

    His real fear is that future generations will read how the “United States of America was…” And sometime this century will be the time they the 22nd century people will pinpoint when the US ripped itself apart.

  5. As usual, President Obama speaks the TRUTH!! The media is so right-leaning it is difficult to listen to the TV. The media refuse to attack Congress on the VA scandal!!! Congress is ACCOUNTABLE because they have OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITIES and FUNDS the VA!!!

  6. We have President Clinton to thank for the media monopolies we have now when he signed the Telecomunications Act of 1996 which gave the green light to all the media consolidation we have now. This law should be repealed, and the Sherman Anti Trust Act enforced on the media. I am not a Clinton basher, but if you’re going to be truthful and real you have to take the history in to account.

  7. I couldn’t agree more.
    All the Dems have to do to win–not just the House, but pick up Sen seats too–is to tell the truth.
    This is gonna be one hellava election this year.
    People are pissed.
    Clearly however, I remain the optimist.

  8. I don’t think the press is lazy. We live in a society with a 24 – 7 – 365 news cycle. News outlets need ratings. If they can’t find something NEW and EXCITING, then they’ll take something trivial – like the last GOP primary – put minor chord music to it – dress it up with great graphics…and MAKE it important….when 99% would rather watch Homer Simpson…or the paint dry.

  9. Love Bubba, but I do agree with you. In the same vein, we need to bring back and enforce the Fairness Doctrine Act as well.

  10. Investigate reporting is no longer the purpose of the media. It has been long gone!

    As long as the media is corporate-owned, we will hear rhetorical repeats of opinions, lies, crap and faux news — basically the same stuff that has been happening for too many years!

  11. The teaparty is always talking about the a 3rd term for the president as if they really want that to happen. The only way that will happen is if the teaparty do something stupid and destroy the republicans party before 2016 election leaving no candidates in the field to run against Hillary then the american people will elect her as president. The president will be glad to point her in his place, eight years would have been more of enough for him for sure. Then him and his family can go on with their lives doing something else like other past presidents. He would have accomplished all his goals by then. Hillary would be another first for us and she would be great too, all this would give time for the nation time to form a new party that will be willing to work with the democratic part and for the good of all people. The republicans will have no one to blame but themselves because they brought the teaparty to the forefront to destroy this country.

  12. I get so angry at the media’s deliberate distortions of facts, as well as their push to create a false equivalency between the lunatic fringe and liberals or progressives. The fact is that rather than striking any balance of fairness, they enable and perpetuate the toxic nonsense of the far right and the corporate pushers of their agenda. It’s insulting to the intelligence of rational, thinking, fact-seeking Americans that most of the media comes down on the side of the lunatic fringe by attributing the same malfeasance to both sides. I am glad that the president is tackling this tendency now that he no longer has anything to lose. I only wish that he and other Democrats had done it sooner.

  13. I disagree with president Obama on the fact democrats aren’t saying lets go back to the old top tax rates at 70-90%. This old school democrat says hell yes the US needs to go back to a top tax rate of 70-90%. Because this old democrat remembers when the US actually used all that extra revenue gained to help build up the middle class. And invested in infrastructure like bridges to water systems to actually having nice smooth roads unlike today. Our public education system needs much more investment top to bottom also. Aint going to happen but I can dream about those glorious sixties where we had prosperity abound.

  14. “Obama and the Democrats are going to have to take their message directly to the people.”

    Yes…but President Obama will have to personally lead the way. This requirement of leadership can’t be delegated.

    Obama must be the one to lead, to speak directly to the American people, addressing the issues with clarity and passion, again and again, week after week, month after month.

    If a President won’t strongly defend his positions or confront the attacks of his opponents, he gives legitimacy to their arguments and puts his own legacy at risk.

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