Today in Liberal Media Bias
Anne of Althouse deconstructs the NY Times
I’m trying to read the NYT article on the shutdown, “Bitter Bickering Muddies the Path to Ending the Government Shutdown.”
The immediate cause of the shutdown, which began at 12:01 a.m. Saturday after Senate Democrats blocked consideration of a House-passed stopgap measure, was a dispute over spending. But it was a stalemate over immigration policy, the topic that propelled Mr. Trump’s political rise and has dominated his first 12 months as president, that snarled the negotiations, as the president vacillated over what approach he should take and advisers including Mr. Kelly counseled a harder line.
Wait. The immediate cause of the shutdown was… Senate Democrats blocked consideration of a House-passed stopgap measure. What’s all that other material?! The Democrats blocked the vote that would have avoided the shutdown. That’s clear, and one answer is, go to majority voting so this chaos isn’t inflicted on us. Or is the shutdown just political theater that doesn’t really mean anything? — Anne of Althouse.
Trump’s Top Ten Fake News Awards
Democrats have a lot of explaining to do
Alice Stewart on CNN: Democrats were so hell-bent on settling the fate of unlawful immigrants that they were willing to punish lawful residents who serve in our military, rely on children’s health insurance and rely on valuable government services.
Democrats losing ground
CNN poll shows Democrats’ generic lead dwindling.
Evers leads the pack with an 18-point lead
It’s Evers (29%), Vinehout (11%) and Soglin (10%) in the first publicly-released survey of the Democratic primary for governor, conducted by Public Policy Polling.
You will be censored if you disagree with the Censorious Left
Tonight I read that a conservative citizen in Madison has had her comments on a listserv “reported” for God knows what reasons. As a liberal who knows First Amendment rights are essential, and political purity is rank, I feel more than compelled to respond.
Dorothy Borchardt started a thread posting on NextDoor about the need for additional police officers in our city. The matter was voted on by the Madison City Council this week and blazed to passage 17-2. For the record I am also very much in support of our city police and added my comments to the thread as well.
But over the past few days all of Borchardt’s comments were ‘reported’ to the moderators of the listserv as somehow not meeting a certain criteria. I find that most troubling. We all should!
- Via Anne of Althouse. The L.A. Times reports:The estimated cost of building 119 miles of bullet train track in [California’s] Central Valley has jumped to $10.6 billion, an increase of $2.8 billion from the current budget and up from about $6 billion originally.
The new calculation takes into account a number of intractable problems encountered by the state rail agency. It raises profoundly difficult questions about how the state will complete what is considered the nation’s largest infrastructure project with the existing funding sources….
The sobering news about the cost increases was long forewarned, though rail authority Chairman Dan Richard has consistently rejected those warnings. About a year ago, the Federal Railroad Administration issued a secret risk analysis that said costs were rising sharply and could hit $9.5 to $10 billion. When The Times disclosed the warning, Richard downplayed the analysis….
Monthly Archives: December 2017
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