The Washington Times falsely claimed in an editorial that President Obama "reneged" on campaign promises to eliminate earmarks and increase defense spending. In fact, Obama did not promise to eliminate earmarks, and he did propose a budget increasing defense spending.
Several media figures and outlets have uncritically repeated or failed to challenge the discredited GOP talking point that President Obama's cap-and-trade proposal would cost the average U.S. household more than $3,000 per year.
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On America's Newsroom, on-screen text falsely claimed that President Obama's $3.6 trillion FY 2010 budget is "4x bigger than Bush's costliest plan." In fact, President Bush submitted a $3.1 trillion budget for FY 2009 and a $2.9 trillion budget for FY 2008.
It was just a week ago that the Beltway press was breathlessly warning that the Obama administration was going to face a bloody civil war within the Democratic Party as the White House tried to get its budget passed. Just like the press had predicted in February that the White House would face a bloody civil war trying to get its stimulus package passed. That warfare never materialized though. And so far, neither has the ugly budgetary battle.
Please note the Congressional happenings yesterday, as reported by Bloomberg News report:
President Barack Obama got a pair of wins on Capitol Hill as the House and Senate approved drafts of his 2010 budget plan that largely adhere to the administration's priorities.
And this from the WashPost:
Congressional Democrats overwhelmingly embraced President Obama's ambitious and expensive agenda for the nation yesterday, endorsing a $3.5 trillion spending plan that sets the stage for the president to pursue his most far-reaching priorities.
Television news hosts have repeatedly hosted Republican members of Congress who have attacked President Obama's budget, but those media figures have failed to ask these officials about their support of various legislation that contributed to the more than $2 trillion increase in the publicly held debt under President Bush.
Following the release of President Obama's proposal for the fiscal year 2010 budget, media figures and outlets have promoted a number of myths and falsehoods related to the proposal.
The Washington Post reported Sen. Arlen Specter's criticism of Democrats' potential use of the reconciliation process to pass health-care reform without noting that he repeatedly voted in favor of using reconciliation as a method to pass President Bush's tax cut bills.
Fox News again aired "FOXfact[s]" about the House Republican budget that were nearly identical to portions of an op-ed Rep. Paul Ryan published in that day's Wall Street Journal.
While interviewing Rep. Paul Ryan, Fox News aired "FOXfact[s]" purporting to describe facts about the House Republican budget. However, all of the seven on-screen "FOXfact[s]" were nearly identical to portions of an op-ed Ryan published in that day's Wall Street Journal.
Current MSNBC Chyron: "GOP RELEASES DETAILED BUDGET PLAN WITH SPECIFIC NUMBERS"
Prediction: The media will be so impressed that the GOP managed to produce a document that contains "specific numbers" rather than bizarre line-drawings, they won't bother to assess whether those numbers are accurate or reasonable, or whether the "plan" would be good or bad for the country.
The Hill reported that "GOP critics of the reconciliation process have said that it was never intended to ram through major legislation," but did not mention that Republicans used the budget reconciliation process to pass several major Bush initiatives.
Numerous media outlets and personalities have claimed or suggested that given the size of the current and projected U.S. federal debt, the Obama administration's health-care reform proposal is untenable, but did not address the administration's argument that health-care reform is essential to the long-term economic health of the country.
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