The only way President Obama can win public relations battle over the fiscal cliff is with media cover
And CNN seems to be doing just that. Anchor Joe Johns began the “Situation Room” earlier today, almost reading from the Administration talking points, “Happening now: President Obama says he’s keeping a list of who’s naughty and who’s nice in the fight to keep middle-class taxes from going up and is asking the public for help in getting through to the ones he sees as naughty.”
So, they present Obama’s fight as one to “keep middle-class taxes from going up”.
“For his part,” Johns added. President Obama is trying to break that stalemate by asking voters to put more pressure on the Republicans.” He may be trying to put pressure on Republicans, but he’s not putting forward a serious proposal.
The network’s Chief White House Correspondent did acknowledge that the president’s proposal “was sort of a Democratic wish list”. But, after paying lip service to criticism of Democrats, she went on to trash Republicans, “And so Democrats have sort of put out the ideal Democratic version of a starting position and are asking Republicans to come up with a response. And instead of listening — response, Republicans are going — sort of balking at it.”
Of course, they’re balking. The proposal, by failing to rein in federal spending. doesn’t address the problem. Miss Yellin makes it seem like Republicans are the ones responsible for the statement.
The real culprit, however, is the president. Obama may contend that he’s pressing Congress to avoid the fiscal cliff, but he hasn’t signed onto any plan to address the nation’s burgeoning federal debt.
The issue is not Republican intransigence, but Obama’s failure to negotiate in good faith. It would be nice if our friends in the legacy media pointed out that the Democrat hasn’t put forward a proposal which meets his own criteria for a “balanced” approaching, cutting spending and raising taxes (on the wealthy).