Accuracy in Media

The latest government shutdown, which began Saturday morning, came to a crashing thud for Democrats in the Senate, who gave in to the Republicans and agreed to fund the government for another three weeks. Some mainstream media outlets put the party on blast for not holding firm against the GOP.

Here’s a sampling of the coverage:

The New York Times: “Democrats Blink in Shutdown Impasse, Hoping for a Bargain” 

Over the weekend it became clear that using the shutdown to insist on protections for hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants was a serious miscalculation. By abandoning the strategy on its third day, Democrats believe they limited whatever damage there may be and gave the public time to forget about the disruption before the crucial November election.

Politico: “Schumer’s shutdown performance sparks unrest in his ranks”

The Democratic leader confronts the most serious cracks in the unity he’s tried to foster since he took the reins of his conference last year.”

The Hill: “2020 Democrats vote against Schumer deal

Credo political director Murshed Zaheed called Schumer “the worst negotiator in Washington” and said he got “outmaneuvered” by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R.-Ky.)

CNN: “Progressives fume after vote to end government shutdown”

Progressive groups were incensed by the Senate’s 81-18 vote Monday to reopen the government at the urging of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D.-New York.
Asked to describe the left’s reaction, Ben Wikler, MoveOn.org’s Washington director, responded with one word: “Fury.”
Time: “The Shutdown Ended Because Democrats Lost Their Spine.”
Yet, without securing any concessions beyond moving a deadline to do this again in three weeks instead of four, Democrats shuffled to the Senate floor to pass essentially the same bill that they voted down Friday night.
When the Democrats lose the media, they have lost the war.




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