Sigh, the Media

Few would quarrel with President Barack Obama’s point that the Republican Party has drifted to the right in recent years, disavowing ideas it once embraced — even created. But making that case in a major campaign speech, Obama ignored realities in his own Democratic ranks….if Republicans have moved to the right on health care, it’s also true that Obama has moved to the left. He strenuously opposed a mandate forcing people to obtain health insurance until he won office and changed his mind.

Calling this “a move to the left” is simply stupid and incompetent. There is really no nicer explanation. Claiming — in an effort to defend against Obama’s pushback against the lazy media narrative that assumes both sides are equivalent — that Obama is being unfair, the AP demonstrates how desperate they are to hang on to that story. The idea that the partisan problems of the last 3 years are because the Dems, like the Republicans, have become more ideologically extreme is to ignore reality. If the media insists upon claiming the Dems are far left, simply because the Republicans are far right, and thus that the answer is that both sides have to move to the middle or be out of step, we apparently cannot have an intelligent and realistic look at American politics.

TPM has the story.

2 thoughts on “Sigh, the Media

  1. kezboard

    The mandate is a left wing proposal? Do the terms “right wing” and “left wing” have any meaning at all anymore?

    I’m beginning to think that the biggest tactical mistake the Democrats have made recently is giving into Republican demands that the market be shoehorned in to every possible solution to a policy problem. This applies not only to the health care mandate but to cap and trade as well.

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    1. Steph Post author

      I totally agree. It’s interesting that at least some conservative types responded to the cap & trade proposal by claiming that a carbon tax would be better and more efficient. That’s probably my opinion, but it certainly wasn’t the story before the Dems adopted cap & trade.

      Among other things, the market solutions tend to be more complicated and people don’t get them or see the benefit as clearly.

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