Why Is The Media Still Listening To Republicans ?

Simulposted at Daily Kos

What was the last thing the Republicans got right?

Certainly not anything that would get them elected!

Immigration? ha!

The environment? Shudder!

Regulation of Wall St excesses? It is to laugh.

Equal Rights? Well…..ask your gay and Hispanic friends.

Emergency response, like to, say, Hurricanes and stuff? Yeah, right.

Foreign Policy? Emphatically no.

Running two wars? No they screwed that up good….too.

Not torturing people? They couldn’t even get that right.

The economy, as in not crashing it and harming a huge swath of regular people who trusted them? ….er, no.

And certainly not on Health Care, the costs of which have spiraled out of control under their reign.


The Republicans, given that free reign and truly unlimited power due to the attacks on 9/11, had nearly ALL of the American people behind them, had even the Dems in Congress on their side, had expanded executive and war time powers…and had a media ready to overlook their worst mistakes and still support them.

And even with all of that, even with every advantage and break on their side….they still proved themselves…time and time again….to be base incompetents, unfit to govern, insufficient to craft successful policy, unable to manage simple tasks, unable to live up to their own ideals politically re fiscal responsibility and even unable to live up to their own moral standards and ‘family values.

Yet who are the media, the pundits, the shapers of public opinion and the “Moderate Democrats” still listening to, still in fear of, still bowing to on every single policy crafted to clean up the incredible mess they left our country with?

Those same Republicans.

Let’s just hit the highlights, shall we?

The Republicans squandered the good will of the world after 9/11 and ended up turning the world against us. They let Bin Laden escape from Tora Bora. They invaded Iraq for no reason, costing trillions of dollars on a mistake. They increased terrorism by invading Iraq and bringing Al Qaeda there. They increased it further by implementing an official policy of torture.

The Republicans left people to die in the aftermath of Katrina.

The Republicans repealed regulations that had held Wall St and the banks in check and encouraged an atmosphere of raw greed that led to the economic collapse.

As I say, those are just the highlights, as we all vividly remember …except the media and “Moderate Democrats apparently…how badly the Republicans scrwed EVERYTHING up through bad and incompetent governing, horrible policy decisions, and just plain stupidity born of ideology and insufferable arrogance.  

Multiple investigations, in nearly every area they touched, are under way.

Can you, or anyone, name something, anything the Republicans got right?

And yet who are the media and the “Moderate Dems” listening to on virtually every issue that the Republicans just spent eight years screwing up and elevating to crisis level through incompetence and stupidity?

You guessed it, Those Very Same Republicans.

The Republicans that have the lowest public approval rating of any political party since the whigs. The Republicans that have been turned out of office in the biggest combined political defeat over two elections since…..Watergate. The Republicans that the American People have rejected resoundingly at every opportunity.

And yet they are STILL framing the debate and dominating the airwaves…and being allowed to stall Health Care Reform in order to kill it, as is their stated aim…with the exact same strategy the used to screw up EVERYTHING they touched.

Lies and Fear.

And the media and “Moderate Democrats” are STILL listening to them, still catering to them, still giving them power. Even though the have been proven empirically wrong on EVERYTHING.

Can someone please tell me why?


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  1. that is allowing this to happen


    • Inky99 on July 23, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    You know the answer.  We all do.

    • Edger on July 23, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    has a death wish problem, it seems…

  2. Um, DUH.

  3. thing I said at that place where you cross-posted:

    The media is owned by the same corporations who want things to remain dysfunctional, so they may continue to use their power just as before.

    It’s not the Republicans.  They are out of power.  The corporations own the Democrats as well.  Health care reform will be another example of who is in charge.

    The system is broken, and that is what Obama should be addressing, not a health “reform” where the crooks are at the table because they can make things to their liking.  The next reform (single payer) will be years away while the power becomes more consolidated than ever.

    Yet they will not even introduce single payer.  Because they are scared it will show the reality, and this includes Obama, who is playing right along.

    In other words, the more I see things from my detached perch, the more convinced I am that this is a scheme perpetrated by the powerful, including Obama, to create an illusion that they really want “reform.”  The only substantive reform, in my view, is the one the people seem to want, single payer!

    This whole thing is like Hollywood creating movies, not to mention the hype, as if we have a real choice in the crap they force us to eat.  They have built a captive audience that cannot resist the lure, an audience powerless to initiate real change until there is a complete breakdown, where events take away the power brokers’ control.  It almost happened with the financial crisis, but Obama helped his cronies through it, and look now how they prosper.

  4. Because the CORPORATE EMPIRE rules, the Republicans are the “most obvious” CORPORATE WHORES, but there are also more than enough Democratic CORPORATE SLUTS & the media, forget about it, they are the lowest of the low, the street corner CRACK WHORES.

    I hope that answers your question!  

    • Edger on July 24, 2009 at 2:35 am

    because for most of them that level is about the limit of their power of comprehension? Most of them operate on the K.I.S.S. principle when they do their “investigative” journalism?

    • Adam on July 24, 2009 at 5:00 am



    So what part of solving this equation do you still find yourself having troubles with?

  5. … as George Carlin once said: ‘You don’t have choice in this country, you have the illusion of choice’

    500 flavors of ice-cream, ‘2’ major parties

  6. Try this.  It is interesting.

    Warmest regards,


  7. Jon Steward is TV’s most respected newsman. I thought if we win I won’t have to watch these asshole psycho’s they trot out they will be discredited. All that has happened is they just blithely ignore reality and morality and ignore what your lying eyes have gone through for the last decade or more. It’s pathetic as even the left goes along with this faux reality or non reality. Comedy Central is only news that is willing to shine a light on the propaganda past and present,  that has clearly reached bottom of the barrel, unbelievable and has become obviously unhinged.    

  8. Thanks so much for this.  You made me smile.  Your essay is dead-on accurate, of course, but your wordplay is wonderfully witty.

    We need to move the Overton Window to the far left.  Anyone out there know how to reincarnate Emma Goldmann, Eugene V. Debs & Karl Marx?  Oh, and FDR and Frances Perkins would be welcome, too.  

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