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Media naivete on FAA?

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) wasn’t happy with the question posed to her in a press conference yesterday on the funding spat over the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Via the The Hill:

When Jonathan Karl, a correspondent for ABC News, asked why Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) had blocked a short-term FAA extension offered by Republicans on the Senate floor Tuesday, Democrats lost their patience.

“There’s a certain naivety [sic] that comes with your question,” said Boxer. “The story here today is the fact that our leader is reaching out to [House Speaker John] Boehner [R-Ohio] to say, ‘If we want to resolve a particular issue, whatever it might be, let’s talk about it,’ but not have one side say, ‘Take it or leave it or people will be out of work.’ And the essence of your question doesn’t understand that.”

Democrats sneer that the media doesn’t tell the whole truth about how Republicans are taking the legislative process “hostage.” Again, The Hill: “Democrats charged Wednesday that the media has fallen for the red herring of cutting subsidies to small airports. ‘The fact is that you’ve got to dig a little bit behind the surface here of what this is really about,’ said Boxer. ‘Whatever the issue is, this is about government by threats, government by one side making its demands.…’ ”

As the Hill pointed out, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday pitted media against media, reading on the Senate floor a piece by New York Times columnist Paul Krugman that said, “The cult of balance has played an important role in bringing us to the edge of disaster.”

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.


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