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How "Liberal Media" Keep Blaming Obama for GOP's Radical Behavior

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As noted though, the agreed-upon sequester facts are not in dispute. So in order to blame Obama for Republican obstructionism, pundits have been inserting boulder-sized caveats to their illogical writing that ultimately points the finger at the president [emphasis added]:

-- "And, of course, it is true that much of the responsibility for our perpetual crisis can be laid at the feet of a pigheaded Republican Party, cowed by its angry, antispending, antitaxing, anti-Obama base." (Bill Keller, New York Times)

-- "We have a political system that is the equivalent of a drunk driver. The primary culprits are the House Republicans." (David Ignatius,Washington Post)

-- "The great debt-ceiling crisis of 2011 was initiated entirely by the Republicans refusing to do anything." (Howard Kurtz, The Daily Beast)

-- "Most Republicans in Congress have been utterly irresponsible in this debate." (Washington Post editorial)

But never mind all that. It's Obama's fault that Republicans are the "pigheaded" "culprits" who "initiated entirely" the "utterly irresponsible" debate over sequestration.

Crossposted at County Fair, a Media Matters for America blog

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Eric Boehlert is the author of Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush (Free Press, 2006). He worked for five years as a senior writer for Salon.com, where he wrote extensively about media and politics. Prior to that, he worked as a (more...)
 

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