Debt Ceiling Confusion And Media Lies . . .
Randi Kaye, of CNN, led us to the conclusion that in their speeches, regarding raising the debt ceiling, the President and John Boehner have the same idea, and it's just a matter of reaching an agreement — or a consensus . . .
She said, the President "is warning Washington not to consider compromise a dirty word," which is close to what he actually said, "(the American people are) fed up with a town where compromise has become a dirty word."
But what she described as Boehner's "response," is like nothing in his speech. She claims he said "he's done all he can do to reach a consensus," when he never even used the word consensus, or compromise . . . As a matter of fact, while the President referred to the debt ceiling six times, Boehner never mentioned it . . .
Instead of allowing the contrast between the President, who speaks of compromise, using the word six times, with Boehner's derisive and insulting remarks, that lead to a self-styled agenda; Kay leads us to the idea that both men are seeking a cooperative solution, by putting words in Boehner's mouth, that he did not speak . . .
If the press had integrity, they would give us the relevant facts, but instead, they withhold facts, and when we have them, they distort them, so that we will misunderstand.
In his speech, Boehner points to the "Cut, Cap, and Balance Act," as "something dramatic to change the fiscal trajectory of our country. . .something that will boost confidence in our economy, renew a measure of faith in our government, and help small businesses get back on track." He said that he couldn't get the President to do something wonderful like that with him, so he did it himself, ignoring the fact that it won't pass in the Senate, and the President promised to veto it," which causes one to question why the Republicans are spending time on proposed legislation, that can't become law.
Since most of the public favors compromise, if they understood that the President is pursuing compromise, while the Republicans steamroll along with an extreme right-wing agenda, that ignores the Democrats, the will of the American people, or even the pristine, AAA credit rating, of the United States of America, they might conclude that Republicans in power, is not good for the country.
Unlike Randi Kaye's assertion that President Obama advocated compromise, and House Speaker Boehner, consensus; the truth is, the President called for compromise, while Boehner highlighted a right-wing action, that the Republicans unilaterally initiated, and that he practically dared the President to veto.
That's how media lies — omissions, additions, misstatements, timing, placement, emphasis, context, repetition . . . A dance that arranges information in a way that persuades us to believe, what they want us to believe.