What Media Bias? Part 195 – Shutdown Edition

So, we’ve got a poll which shows Obama’s approval rating cratering to 37% – this it the territory last plumbed in Presidential terms by George W Bush towards the end of his term.  With vital information like that in the news, what is the headline?

Poll:  GOP Gets the Blame in Shutdown

To be sure, that isn’t a lie – the GOP is getting a lot of blame for the shutdown.  But, also, we already knew that.  We also know that Congress, as a whole, usually has approval ratings lower an ill-tempered woodchuck which then dies under your front porch.  That isn’t news – what is news is that Obama’s popularity is rapidly declining…which means that in the 5th year of Hope and Change, people are starting to take a long, hard look at the President and not liking what they find.  It is a pity people didn’t wake up this much by September of 2012 (Obama was just this bad all along, after all), but at least they are waking up…and in spite of the GOP losing points during the shutdown, the fact of an unpopular President is the crucial story.

This is because as his popularity ebbs away his own party will start to distance itself from him.  Fewer and fewer, especially in red or purple States, will be willing to go to the mat for him.  More and more red and purple State Democrats will find it advantageous to start coming out in public opposed to the President.  Additionally, Presidential unpopularity has a drag on the party, itself…it dispirits the party base and makes them less enthusiastic about getting out there and doing the work necessary for victory.  Finally, a weakened President emboldens the opposition – they sense he’s on the ropes and so press him all the harder, even if a particular action is technically unpopular.  Bottom line, in Obama’s drooping polls is the prospect of GOP victory in 2014 and 2016 – just as Bush’s drooping polls in 2005 opened the path for Democrat victory in 2006 and 2008 (this, by the way, is an argument in my mind to amend the Constitution so that the Presidency is a one term of six years affair).

But, there’s our MSM – always willing to cover for President.  Its ok – it’ll just make the shocked look on liberals faces more delicious in the long run.

UPDATE:  Obama shut down theater gets even more absurd:

A popular youth sandcastle contest on San Francisco’s Ocean Beach is the latest local victim of the federal government shutdown, event organizers said today.

The Leap 30th Anniversary Sandcastle Contest was planned for Saturday, but the continued standoff in Congress over the federal budget is causing organizers to postpone the event until a later date.

Thousands of people were expected to attend the free event, with more than 20 local schools participating. Leap, a local arts advocacy nonprofit, has held the contest for the past three decades.

The beach has no government personnel, its open year round to the public and it would cost the government nothing to have this event go forward.  It gets shut down because Obama wants us to feel pain.

12 thoughts on “What Media Bias? Part 195 – Shutdown Edition

  1. Retired Spook October 9, 2013 / 12:36 pm

    Breitbart is compiling a list of all the outrageous closures designed to inflict pain on ordinary Americans.

    • M. Noonan October 9, 2013 / 1:09 pm

      I’ve been compiling updates for Worst President and I’m overwhelmed….the thing could end up being a three volume, leather bound set…

  2. dbschmidt October 9, 2013 / 4:34 pm

    Well, I have read or heard about hundreds, if not thousands, of people being deined access, acosted for trying to access and basically greated with Obama’s police state tatics as much as possible. The MSM, if you can call it media at all, does not care and will be willing lapdogs as long as it does not directly affect them–and even then barely mention it.

    I see Sarah Hall Ingram (IRS), Lois Lerner(Tax Exempt–IRS) and people at the Whitehouse all violated Federal laws but you will never hear about “frog marching” anyone from this supposed media. Just as Obama’s ACA violates another amendment (dusty old piece of paper) from the Bill of Rights–you will hear nothing.

    Just in case you have forgotten;

    Amendment IV

    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

    So now, smoking (which the government would fail without the tax revenues) or serving in the military (which this administration abhors) “allows” HHS to violate everyone’s 4th amendment rights.

    The Health and Human Services’ website states that your family will be targeted if you fall under the “high-risk” categories below:

    Families where mom is not yet 21.
    Families where someone is a tobacco user.
    Families where children have low student achievement, developmental delays, or disabilities.
    Families with individuals who are serving or formerly served in the armed forces, including such families that have members of the armed forces who have had multiple deployments outside the United States.

    Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/08/obamacare-provision-forced-home-inspections/#W87TXC7SdFZRhMBg.99

  3. Retired Spook October 10, 2013 / 10:36 am

    There was some controversy a while back about an overlooked aspect of ObamaCare that appeared to have been swept under the rug. The authors of the original law didn’t foresee that states would refuse to establish exchanges, and, as a result, the law didn’t provide for subsidies for individuals in states where the exchanges were set up by the federal government. The response from the administration at the time was, “well, we meant to do it, so we deem that it’s in there. End of story? Well, maybe not. From a MarketWatch article this morning:

    Twenty-seven states—many of them led by Republicans—refused to set up their own health exchanges entirely, leaving them to the federal government to take care of.

    But some states have taken their protests a step further and launched legislative battles and lawsuits. Oklahoma, for instance, is currently suing the federal government, claiming that awarding premium subsidies is unconstitutional in states with federally run exchanges (if it’s successful, the suit would effectively prevent an exchange from operating there at all, experts say). “The federal exchanges are really swimming upstream in these states,” says Timothy Jost, a law professor at Washington and Lee University who is studying health exchanges.

    Leave it to the Left, however, to somehow manage to bring race into the issue. From the same article:

    Henry Aaron, a renowned health care economist and senior fellow at think tank the Brookings Institution compares the red state movement against Obamacare to the 1950s policy of “massive resistance,” the name given to efforts by some politicians in the South to prevent black children from attending school with white students after the Supreme Court’s landmark desegregation ruling.

    If it weren’t for their ultimate goal being complete transformation of the country into something it was never intended to be, the antics of the Left would be amusing.

    • neocon01 October 11, 2013 / 1:37 pm


      The authors of the original law didn’t foresee that states would refuse to establish exchanges,

      “we have to pass it to see what is in it” there should have been a couple of hundred tar and feathering s and a few hangings….traitors!!!!

  4. Amazona October 10, 2013 / 10:50 am

    “If it weren’t for their ultimate goal being complete transformation of the country into something it was never intended to be, the antics of the Left would be amusing.”

    Oh, I don’t know. Insanity is never amusing, and insanity fueled by malice is even less so.

  5. J. R. Babcock (@JRBabcock) October 10, 2013 / 1:11 pm

    Even if the attribution or the comment itself is phoney, it’s still pretty funny. As Dan Rather would have described it; “fake but accurate.”

  6. neocon01 October 11, 2013 / 1:39 pm

    except socialism, communism is always followed by a police stste and led to the death of HUNDREDS of MILLIONS of people in the 1900’s

  7. neocon01 October 11, 2013 / 1:40 pm

    state which led

Comments are closed.