Jun
27
2011

To NYT, Tea Party's Talk Is More Newsworthy Than an Actual Progressive Budget

"Tea Party Plans Its Own Debt Panel" reads a headline in today's New York Times (6/27/11), where reporter Kate Zernike described efforts by the well-financed right-wing lobbying group FreedomWorks to organize a debt commission that will come up with yet another right-wing fiscal blueprint.

They don't have a plan yet–they're merely talking about having meetings that would produce a plan: "It aims to have proposals ready by January, when the presidential campaign will draw even more attention to economic proposals."

Well, they're off to a good start in the Drawing Attention department. Remember, the People's Budget of the Congressional Progressive Caucus was never covered in a hard news story in the Times (Extra!, 6/11).

Apparently there is a need for another Paul Ryan-type budget plan. Just talking about organizing to come up with one is good enough to score a New York Times story.

The paper didn't cover the People's Budget when it came out–which was, you know, an actual thing, not a series of committee meetings that might produce something someday.

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.