Thursday, January 29, 2009

Old Habits Die Hard!!!

Even though President Obama and his team are in control of the executive branch and Democrats are in the majority in Congress, the cable networks are still turning more often to Republicans and allowing them to set the agenda on major issues.

Last Sunday, conservatives began an all-out assault on President Obama's recovery plan.

Despite Obama's efforts at
good faith outreach, congressional conservatives have continued to attack the stimulus plan with a series of false and disingenuous arguments, and the media have been aiding their efforts.

But in a
new analysis, The Progress Report found that the five cable news networks -- CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Fox Business and CNBC -- have hosted more Republican lawmakers to discuss the plan than Democrats by a 2 to 1 ratio this week.

In total, from 6 AM on Monday to 4 PM on Wednesday, the networks hosted Republican lawmakers 51 times and Democratic lawmakers only 24 times.

Moreover, the cable networks, the Sunday shows and the network newscasts promoted a
controversial CBO non-report 81 times before the actual CBO analysis of the stimulus plan was released.

Via The Progress Report

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