You’d think the Associated Press would have thought twice about lending so much support to Democrats after the Obama administration spied on their phones. But no, they’re still carrying the Democrats’ water. John Hinderaker pointed out the blatant bias in an article that has probably appeared in hundreds of US newspapers this morning.
The AP’s piece, by Andrew Taylor, begins:
With the government teetering on the brink of partial shutdown, congressional Republicans vowed Sunday to keep using an otherwise routine federal funding bill to try to attack the president’s health care law.
There you have it! Our government is “teetering,” but those dastardly Republicans have “vowed” to use an “otherwise routine” spending bill to “try to attack” Obamacare. It’s all their fault! Nowhere do the Democrats “vow,” nowhere do they violate “routine,” nowhere do they “attack” anything. So whatever is going on here, it evidently is the doing of Republicans.
Since the last government shutdown 17 years ago, temporary funding bills known as continuing resolutions have been noncontroversial, with neither party willing to chance a shutdown to achieve legislative goals it couldn’t otherwise win. But with health insurance exchanges set to open on Tuesday, tea-party Republicans are willing to take the risk in their drive to kill the health care law.
This is revisionist history; the truth is that “shutdowns” have been common over the years, usually precipitated by Congressional Democrats, and there have been several recent occasions when shutdowns have appeared imminent. But now, the AP tells us, it is “tea-party Republicans” who are “willing to take the risk.” What about Harry Reid and the Dem
Read the whole thing. I know this is something we’re accustomed to at this point, but that doesn’t mean we should stop pointing it out.
If there is a shutdown and the Republicans get the blame, you’ll know why. The media reports the Democrat rhetoric as if it’s fact.
Update: I almost forgot, Politico had a hissy fit over the GOP mildly insulting the Democrats. But I suppose the Democrats’ likening the GOP to arsonists, extortionists and suicide bombers is just fine.