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Democrats Whine That the Media Is Not Rescuing Their Spending Spree

AMAC Exclusive – by Shane Harris

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According to a CBS News poll released last week, just 10% of Americans say they know “a lot” about the contents of Biden’s spending plan, and 57% say they don’t know anything about the multi-trillion dollar proposal. Those results are hardly surprising given that a final version of the legislation does not yet exist, and even Congressional Democrats can’t agree on what should be included. However, instead of revamping their own messaging efforts around just what exactly is in the bill (or, perhaps more logically, questioning if the legislation is even any good to begin with) leading Democrats have suddenly turned on their most trusted ally of all – the media – and blamed them for not doing a better job of messaging their plan to the public.

Shortly after the release of the CBS poll, a reporter questioned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on if she thought Democrats needed “to do a better job at messaging” on the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package and asked, “Going forward, how do you sell this?” In response, Pelosi scolded the media representatives present, saying, “You all could do a better job of selling this, to be frank.”

After Pelosi was done lecturing, she added, “Whether [the American people] know it or not, they overwhelmingly support it [the legislation].” It was an astonishing statement from one of the most powerful people in the country. In effect, Pelosi doesn’t think it matters whether people consciously support the Democrat spending blowout; what matters is whether they subconsciously support it, and here Pelosi is saying she knows very well that the American people subconsciously support her bill. Once again, Pelosi is asking the public to “just trust her,” a request that is reminiscent of her infamous comment on Obamacare that “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”

Not to be outdone, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the lead architect of most of the spending plan, issued his own statement calling it “absurd” that so many people don’t know what’s in the bill, lambasting the press and saying that “the mainstream media has done an exceptionally poor job in covering what actually is in the legislation.” He further complained that there has been “very limited coverage as to what the provisions of the bill are.”

Mr. Sanders may have a point, although not the one he thinks. By and large, the liberal media has steered clear of discussing the specifics of the legislation. However, the media’s unwavering allegiance to the Democratic Party, and particularly the progressive movement, in recent years suggests that the nature of the coverage is no accident, much less some nefarious scheme to sink the spending plan.

On the contrary, everything the media has done thus far suggests that they are just as committed to passing the plan as any progressive Democrat in Congress. For starters, although it may not be as often or deceptive as Pelosi and Sanders want, many outlets have highlighted some of the seemingly popular provisions in the bill, such as two “free” years of community college and universal pre-K education. Thankfully for Democrats, what most mainstream outlets actually don’t report on is the true cost of such programs and the likely net negative effect on the economy.

Additionally, when the White House began making the ridiculous claim that the $3.5 trillion plan would actually cost “zero dollars,” the supposedly neutral “fact-checkers” quickly rushed to Biden’s aid, with the Washington Post only calling the claim “misleading,” and PolitiFact arguing that what Biden was actually talking about was the national debt, which the bill “could add zero to” as long as several unlikely economic events occur simultaneously.

The media have also parroted Democratic talking points on the bill in public polling questions, part of a thinly-veiled attempt to create the illusion of broad public support while also, as Pelosi asked, “selling” the legislation to respondents. For example, a Quinnipiac poll conducted July 27-August 2, which found that 62% of Americans supported the plan, framed the legislation by asking if people “support or oppose a $3.5 trillion spending bill on social programs such as child care, education, family tax breaks and expanding Medicare for seniors.” A Monmouth University poll that described the legislation as “a plan to expand access to healthcare and child care, and provide paid leave and college tuition support” found a nearly identical level of support at 63%.

For all of their flaws, the corporate media giants aren’t stupid. By and large, they hold far more radical views than the majority of Americans, and would love nothing more than to see Biden’s agenda passed. But they seem to understand what Biden, Pelosi, Sanders, and other Democrat leaders do not: Democrats don’t have a messaging problem, they have a substance problem.

In fact, mainstream media outlets have practically begged Democrats to give them something better to sell, or at least to do a better job of messaging themselves. Democratic strategist and former Clinton adviser James Carville, for example, recently chided Democrats on MSNBC, saying that “they didn’t get out in the country enough, they didn’t sell it enough.” New York Times op-ed columnist Thomas Friedman has also blasted Democrats for how “poorly” they’ve sold Biden’s agenda. It’s clear from such comments that corporate media voices and Democratic establishment types are tired of being dumped on by Democrat lawmakers for what they feel is an exceedingly difficult if not impossible task in selling Biden’s agenda to the public. They desperately want to convince the public to support the bill, but Democrats are giving them little to work with.

Which raises another important point – the media appears to understand better than elected Democrats that if people truly understood the full scope of the legislation, they would be shocked at just how involved Democrats want the federal government to be in the lives of ordinary Americans, and the plan would likely fail. Biden has already been forced to modify one proposal that would have required banks to report all transactions of $600 or more to the IRS after public backlash. Other provisions like making community college tuition-free for two years have also reportedly been axed. A pattern looks to be emerging where every specific measure in the legislation that makes headlines is opposed by broad swaths of the public – hardly a ringing endorsement for the overall bill.

It’s no wonder then that the liberal media is reluctant to report on the specifics of the bill any further. Every time they do, it becomes less popular. There thus appears to be a very simple roadmap for creating opposition to Biden’s plan: just tell people what’s in it.

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BwaHa
1 month ago

It’s not that the media’s “not rescuing…” it’s that the media, some of it at least has a semblance of a moral compass and are not willing to toe the line for ol’ slo’ joe and his socialist cabinet, agenda. Other than that, the rest of the politicos and leftist media are all about destroying us!

fred
1 month ago

The MSM (main stream media) and any other news platform is not supposed to be a propaganda source for any political party, nor push one political party over the other. Although that is what the MSM has become, and that has influenced the elections. Because of that the MSM and networks need to be reined in and have stiff fines for the one-sided BS they broadcast as news. If they cannot broadcast the truth, they should be taken off the air, and that would include most of the MSM, FB, Twitter, CNN, MSNBC etc. Don Lemon or Jim Acosta’s opinion is anything but the truth.
Many people lack the time to really follow the news and be able to make good assumptions on candidates and their campaign promises. Others just don’t want to hear all the BS, even though their is nothing more important than knowing who to vote for and why, and who not to vote for and why.
Walter Cronkite was a favorite newscaster because he reported the news, not opinion or what he wanted you to think. I never knew what party he favored, and that is how it is supposed to be.

Mad As Hell
1 month ago

The democrats are finding out that the msm’s slavish adoration of obama does not extend to all democrats

BwaHa
1 month ago
Reply to  Mad As Hell

You’re giving them more credit than they deserve. I don’t think they’re realizing that at all. I think they’re simply being played and they know they’re being played by their global handlers and they’re good to go with being used, played like cheap fiddles.

FJB! Let’s Go Brandon!
MAGA2024! TRUMP2024!

BAE
1 month ago

I wish we could make Nancy Pelosi retire. She dislikes the American worker and wants to turn America into a welfare state with her as QUEEN. SCARY………………………….!!!

BwaHa
1 month ago
Reply to  BAE

Term limits do just that. Term limits makes them “retire”… or at least leave office at a certain point rather than be installed in a politico position for life. We need term limits for all politicos!

FJB! Let’s Go Brandon!
MAGA2024! TRUMP2024!

Robert
1 month ago

Pelosi has never been honest with the American people. Her arrogant and disdainful response just shows how much contempt she has for regular Americans.

BwaHa
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

Peelosi’s one of the royalty, or so she thinks. I mean, the ice cream incident reminded me so much of the “let them eat cake” mentality. IMHO

FJB! Let’s Go Brandon!
MAGA2024! TRUMP2024!

Amelia Little
1 month ago

Well, pelosi can chide the msm all she wants, but what she and her fellow congressmen should be doing is–putting it all out in the open–publish exactly what is in the bill. Which, of course. they aren’t going to because they know even the however many million now touted to have voted for biden will balk at what’s in it. As she was boarding a plane one day. she is on video saying SHE knows what the people want, even if the people don’t. GMAB!!! And, of course, her infamous-“you have to pass the bill to know what’s in it”–which would make one think even congressmen weren’t made aware of that portion that had even been written. And, of course, the rest couldn’t be read as they hadn’t included much beyond “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” which didn’t happen in millions of cases. If they are too ashamed of what’s in the bill to let us all know, it should never pass. There should be only one issue in this bill—infrastructure (which in no way covers pelosi’s SanFran park for $200M.) No pork for things like Kennedy Center, Smithsonian, planned parenthood as was in the first incentive bill. No money for things like gender studies in Pakistan. No pet projects covered–nothing for unions, or for family members who would benefit from some part of the bill. One thing that did impress me when obama was running for pres–he was going to get rid of pork in the bills. But, just like the doctor issue–nope, didn’t come to fruition. I think the bill should be read on cspan or some such network–all the way through–over and over. AND there should chances for people to ask to explanation and clarification. AND, there should be a way for citizens to protest some of the items–in addition to contacting their congressmen. As a possible plus–perhaps it would -encourage congress to address just one or two things–maybe have a bill of 100 pages instead of the thousands now. Would even be helpful for congressmen to actually read the bill in full.

Opinari
1 month ago

Pelosi is the equivalent of a snake-oil salesman. She tries to convince others that everyone agrees with her disastrous bills subconsciously, if not consciously. She suckered them in with ACA in 2010 and assumes she can do again. One would hope House and Senate members have both memories and brains.

Karen
1 month ago

Is the media finally getting smart? Doubt it, but I can be hopeful, can’t I?

Rich
1 month ago

If the CBS poll is correct, and I suspect that it is, this is precisely why our country is in the desperate straights that it is. I don’t know if we can educate the masses in time to save our country. Only God can save us now.

BwaHa
1 month ago
Reply to  Rich

We can continue to protect our own but when China and their “allies” come a’knockin’ we’ll be hard pressed to maintain our Constitutional Republic. Ol’ slo’ China Joe ain’t called “China Joe” for nothing. Ol’ slo’ joe’s more about appeasing China and our adversaries rather than fixing our border(s) and re-establishing order and harmony in our wonderful United States of America! May God continue to bless America. This is a test, or so it seems.

FJB! Let’s Go Brandon!
MAGA2024! TRUMP2024!

Backwoods
1 month ago

Poor B-turds

Karen Barger
1 month ago

Biden, Harris. Pelosiand Schumer are failing this country big time! They don’t need NO BILLS PASSED!!

BwaHa
1 month ago
Reply to  Karen Barger

They’re failing our country… THIS country but they’re truly catering to our adversaries, enemy. That’s their intent… IMHO

FJB! Let’s Go Brandon!
MAGA2024! TRUMP2024!

Wicked
1 month ago

Obama, Biden, Harris destroy America tour!!!

BwaHa
1 month ago
Reply to  Wicked

It’s nothing near over. I have a feeling it’s just beginning, their treachery.

IMHO

FJB! Let’s Go Brandon!
MAGA2024! TRUMP2024!

Jim Yowell
1 month ago

Government “Stimulus Bills”(What are they stimulating?) °°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°It never ceases to make me MAD AS HELL when the government starts with “what are we going to do, or how much are we going to spend?”….. Instead of “Where in the CONSTITUTION does it give us THE AUTHORITY to do what we’re about to do / spend!” What not only makes me mad as hell, but never ceases to amaze AND sadden me is the American people gushing rhapsodic over whatever new power the governemnt has just SEIZED, or how much money the government has decided to “spend.”* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * So, the government has decided it needs  *ANOTHER* THREE TRILLION DOLLARS “pumped into our economy”…  In addition to the *TWO TRILLION DOLLARS* they’ve already spent! (most of which is going to THEIR pet projects… Including those measures that make voter fraud easier)???? MY question is simple…. Since the government doesn’t have *two freaking pennies* to rub together, where in the HELL do you think the money is coming from?! Don’t get me wrong…  In times of “National Emergencies” there are SOME things the Federal Government “might” be able to do easier LOGISTICALLY than the individual States (although I have my serious doubts about even that), but spending money is NOT one of them! How could they?!  It’s not THEIR money, and they couldn’t care less how much is wasted! For GODS SAKE people, every single dollar the federal government puts “into the economy,” MUST FIRST BE TAKEN *** OUT OF THE ECONOMY!!! *** *OR* they have to BORROW IT. Today our government has over 22 TRILLION DOLLARS of *actual* debt, and over 125 TRILLION DOLLARS of “unfunded liabilities” coming due in the next 10-15 years that the government HAS *NO* WAY TO PAY! (hence the term UNFUNDED!) By the way…  We are currently paying OVER ONE BILLION DOLLARS *A DAY* just in INTEREST on that 22 TRILLION dollar debt! So every time the government talks about “stimulus” you MUST understand their definition! What they’re “stimulating” is THEIR ABILITY TO BE REELECTED! Every SINGLE DOLLAR they put into a “stimulus bill,” must first be TAKEN from a working American, American business both big AND small, or borrowed which adds to the debt! A debt that must be repaid…  Just NOT BY THEM! It must be repaid by the same people and businesses they’re STEALING THE REST OF THE “STIMULUS” FROM! Yes, the Democrats are the worst, but the Republicans have their faults as well. It’s only the fact that the Democrats ARE SO FREAKING BAD, that the Republicans are even remotely tolerable to me! They ALL think THEY know how to spend YOUR money better, And if they’re wrong, its NOT a big deal!  After all, it’s YOUR money they’ve just thrown away…  IT’S *YOURS*!

HocasPocas
1 month ago
Reply to  Jim Yowell

Jim you should teach the politicians economics. I don’t know that it would do any good. Would probably just fall on deaf ears. Too bad you couldn’t at least get your comment to the citizens, but you would probably just be shut down because this isn’t the kind of information that the commies want getting out to the masses.

Sharon
1 month ago
Reply to  Jim Yowell

This is an excellent description of what’s going on. I wish I could copy your post and share it with the public (for Democrats and Republicans) on Facebook.

Hal
1 month ago

What???? I’m stunned. The media has long been the primary partisan message outlet and propaganda outlet for the Commiecrat DemocRats. Can it be that an increasing portion of the news media is starting to recognize that the DemocRats are driving the economy off into a deep financial crisis??? Maybe so, but that is in the face of the media standard of wanting controversy in the public goings-on … it sells better that way. In a strange way, the News Media feasts off of blood, rancor, hot controversy, and lawlessness … those topics attract more readers … and sell more advertising and subscriptions as a result. Many people think of the News Media as a watchful unofficial branch of government ….. it is not. News media makes more money off of rancor and disharmony than calmness and cooperation .. so you can figure which way they spin the news.

Rich
1 month ago
Reply to  Hal

People who are “glued” to the tube or social media have lost the ability to think for themselves. Tragic!

HocasPocas
1 month ago
Reply to  Hal

If that is so, why aren’t they reporting what Antifa and blm and all other unhinged people in society are doing

BwaHa
1 month ago
Reply to  HocasPocas

Those groups are protected species. Untouchables…

…or so they think.

FJB! Let’s Go Brandon!
MAGA2024! TRUMP2024!

BwaHa
1 month ago
Reply to  Hal

I had an old friend who’s dead now, may he continue to rest in peace. He was in the local and regional “news” business and he always reminded me of the news industry’s unofficial motto… “a bad day for the nation is a good day for the news”. You can insert “town”, “city”, “state”, “nation”, “world”, etc. as appropriate.

Go figure.

FJB! Let’s Go Brandon!
MAGA2024! TRUMP2024!

Duane
1 month ago

This is suppose to be a Constitutional Representative form of Government! What has happened to our Representation? No taxation without Representation. The media is NOT in office, NOT elected, NOT authorized to run things, NOT authorized to educate everyone or push propaganda down our throats. Legislature’s, which are composed of our Representatives are SUPPOSE to debate issues, do the will of the people that put them in office and then MAKE LAW! Only Legislatures Constitutional can make law. It seems we have gross crony capitalism or totalitarian fascism. We own the government buildings they work in and we pay their salaries. Conservatives get INVOLVED.

HocasPocas
1 month ago
Reply to  Duane

I just wonder what ever happened to milley vanilly and austin the wimp after the hearings on the debacle that happened in Afghanistan. How about the ag in the hearings just this past week. It’s a circus. Nothing happens to any of them. They can’t even answer a simple yes or no question. Jen sucky should be real proud of her acting career also. Too bad they are not in hollywood. They are ruining our country and committing treason in the process. By the way, what is the punishment for treason?

BwaHa
1 month ago
Reply to  HocasPocas

Our politicos, they protect their own. They’re not about us unless they can have control over us and even then, they’re not “about” us… they’re all in favor of themselves. Control is the end game for any politico.

IMHO

FJB! Let’s Go Brandon!
MAGA2024! TRUMP2024!

Melinda
1 month ago

The libertarian organization Downsize DC has been trying to get congressional sponsors for its bills called One Subject at a Time, Read the Bills Act, and other common sense ideas. We need to support these efforts to limit government control. I know Rand Paul is on board with these.

BwaHa
1 month ago
Reply to  Melinda

It needs to happen… “limit government control”.

FJB! Let’s Go Brandon!
MAGA2024! TRUMP2024!

OPS
1 month ago

DC the redistribution of our confiscated tax money to stay in power and power. Useless politicians who apply fiscal discipline with their own money by not spending more than they earn and somehow that very discipline is meaningless with the the tax money confiscated by these corrupt, arrogant, pompous Democrats>.Hence, 30 trillion debt and climbing. A debt that can never be repaid!!
Says much about the character of these politicians who could give a rats rear of the legacy they will leave behind for their children and grandchildren. They live in the present moment of power and greed!

Biden more concerned about jamming his reckless spending rather bill than focusing on securing our border. A LOSER in the WH!!

NOTE: Not one mention in the bill to complete the wall>

BwaHa
1 month ago
Reply to  OPS

Let alone to police the illegal immigrants who have invaded and send them packing back to where they came from… I doubt that wall will be mentioned much by the current global elite backed administration we have in office right now. At least, I doubt the building of the wall will be actively resumed, let alone finished by this failed biden administration.

IMHO

FJB! Let’s Go Brandon!
MAGA2024! TRUMP2024!

PattyAnn
1 month ago

they can’t fix the problems we have going on today, but they sure can architect how to spend more and more tax monies! they all need to be “you’re fired”
!

PIDL
1 month ago

It is not up to the media to support an agenda or sell an agenda. This is wrong. They are supposed to report the news and let us form our own opinions. By the way, they are doing a very poor job of reporting the news. This is the same kind of crap that they did by hiding information on Biden before the election. Why would anyone with any sense believe a word that comes from the liberal media? Now , the Dems are turning on the MSM? This would indicate to me a great falling apart of the long lived alliance between the MSM and the Democratic party. If the Dems lose media support, they are doomed. Maybe the MSM is trying to get that across to the Dems. I do not see that happening, though. The MSM will try to support this effort in some way. I am just waiting to see what happens.

PaulE
1 month ago
Reply to  PIDL

The Dems are in NO DANGER of losing the mainstream media’s support. This is all just carefully staged theater being put on to fool a percentage of the public that believes this sort of nonsense. There is no war or potential disunity between the Democrats and the MSM. The MSM and the Democrat are one and the same, with the MSM just functioning as the propaganda arm of the party.

CNN just hosted a town hall meeting for Biden and packed the audience with diehard leftists to ensure there would be sufficient applause to make it appear Biden is popular with the majority of Americans. They covered for his lapses of memory and inability to complete coherent sentences or a single train of thought. The rest of the MSM continues to run cover for the Democrat party at every turn.

HocasPocas
1 month ago
Reply to  PIDL

Maybe they have progressed so far with their plan that they don’t need the media anymore. They do have millions of illegals in the country now that were probably trained before they got here. They just have to provide them with their brown coats and artillery now.

JJ Johnson-Smith
1 month ago

Seriously? In America today, at LEAST 50% of the population have NO CLUE as to what is going on in government, at ANY level! They are too dumbed-down, ignorant, and SELF-ABSORBED to even care what they are about to lose.

BwaHa
1 month ago

At 50% you’re being generous.

FJB! Let’s Go Brandon!
MAGA2024! TRUMP2024!

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