It has been quite amusing listening to Republicans tout popular opinion poll numbers on U.S. military action against Syria. These same Republicans previously wailed that the 2012 presidential polling numbers before the election were being outrageously "skewed." And who can forget the GOP's patriotic and solemn respect for public opinion during the universal-background-checks-for-gun-purchases debate?
Yep. when The Reverend thinks of the GOP and popular opinion, he envisions conservative and libertarian politicos thoughtfully and patiently monitoring the pulse of the People, eager to write and pass legislation which will reflect that popular opinion to the letter. Or, you know, not.
First Read is MSNBC's daily online tribute to the desires and aspirations of the 1%. Chuck Todd and his crack First Read team of "reporters" are Very Serious People.....and. like Paul and Rush Revere Republicans, the patriotic scribes of First Read work tirelessly to intelligently inform their readers about what they are in favor of and why.
For example, here's one of yesterday's First Reads.......
By a 44-22 percent margin, Americans oppose raising the debt ceiling, which again puts the president in the difficult position of needing to make the case for an unpopular policy with a deadline quickly approaching.
That one sentence, unintentionally I'm sure, perfectly illustrates the rotted and incestuous nature of corporate media and, in this specific case, the Republican Party.
The GOP, with it's Mighty Wurlitzer in tow, has been relentless in it's anarchist attacks against raising the debt ceiling of the United States. Yes, it's insane.....and yes, their destructive and hateful work has already paid negative dividends in layoffs, a downward spike in the economy and America's first credit downgrade during 2011's summer of "cut it or shut it" patriotism.
Insane or not.....what is of extreme importance to First Read is the notion that raising the debt ceiling is unpopular. Which means that President Obama is in a "difficult position." It's uncanny. You see, in today's corporate media wasteland, all news is interpreted as a negative for a Democratic president....and as a plus for a Republican president. Partisans will disagree, of course.....but they're....partisan.
That dynamic is stretched to it's Peak WTF-ness in First Read's one sentence "reporting" on a popular opinion poll over raising the debt ceiling.
Failing to raise the debt ceiling will, as previously witnessed, damage or destroy not only America's economy but, possibly, send the entire world economy into a tailspin. Social Security checks, Medicare payments, veterans benefits.....and on and on....would be put in jeopardy if Republicans block raising the debt ceiling.
Not to mention the idiocy of the deadbeat position underlying the GOP threat......refusing to pay for government bills that they, themselves, voted to incur.
My problem with First Read here is their seemingly casual Village-and-GOP, propaganda-as-usual approach to a debt ceiling poll. I mean, it ain't like Congress is arguing over anything really serious, right? I mean, after all, it's only the national and international economy on the line.
But no....First Read's mighty concern is whether Democratic President Obama is being put in a "difficult position" by his "unpopular policy" to pay for the bills the nation's representatives have already, long ago in most cases, voted to incur.
What's important to First Read is not that failing to lift the debt ceiling would be a goddamn disaster in every way. What's important to First Read is not to remind readers what happened the last time the Republicans created a crisis over raising the debt ceiling. What's important to First Read is how best to expose another alleged "difficult position" for a Democratic president said to be going against "popular opinion."
At their propagandistic height, the Soviets couldn't hold a candle to reality-creation like that.
Finally......just because.....allow me to wax a bit Oniony by offering this paraphrase of First Read's WTF sentence......
'By a 44-22 percent margin, Americans now oppose America, which AGAIN puts the president in the difficult position of needing to make the case for YET ANOTHER unpopular policy.'
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