Accuracy in Media

Both the New York Times and the Associated Press blamed the Democratic Party for the recent government shutdown.

The outlets reported that although the Republicans control the Senate, the House of Representatives and the White House, the Senate vote needed 60 votes to keep the government open. The Republicans needed almost double-digit defections from Democrats to reach that number.

Republicans have a slight majority, and would need more than a handful of Democratic senators to reach the 60-vote threshold. Five Democratic senators voted to keep the government open by voting ‘yes’, while four Republicans voted ‘no.’ Still, the GOP needed bipartisan support to reach the vote threshold, regardless of the four GOP defections.

The New York Times headline read, “Senate Democrats block bill to keep government open past midnight; Shutdown looms” and the Associated Press’s headline was, “Senate Democrats derail bill to avert shutdown.”

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