In an article outlining the tactical wisdom of the GOP just refusing to govern for the next two years, this remarkably derp paragraph:
If Republicans set high expectations for themselves, they are bound to fail. After all, Democrats can block legislation at will by using the filibuster. As we’ve seen from the past few years, the media will not report that Democrats blocked legislation that had support of more than 50 senators. They’ll report that Congress failed—and the blame will fall squarely on the GOP. Democrats learned this the hard way over the past few years.Witness once again, a national media outlet which completely fails to understand the very basics of our national media.
So repeat after me: Until they are made to pay a terrible price for ever doing it again, when it comes to reporting, our national media template is always IOKIYAR.
It's OK If You're A Republican. Always. Forever. Also too it's lesser known cousin IACIYAD – It’s A Crime If You’re A Democrat.
For the slower children in the room, let me explain how this works in real life vis-à-vis Congressional obstruction.
When the GOP filibusters everything in sight, the story is "Congress is broken."
When the GOP filibusters everything in sight, the the that "you need 67 votes to pass anything" is shrugged off as a factual aside -- as if it's written into the Constitution that way.
If Democrats filibuster, the story will be that Democrats are obstructing the clear governing mandate which the people of Murrica gave to the GOP in order to continue to fuck up the country and the planet
If Democrats filibuster, the story will be how Democrats are unprincipled douchbags who used to bitch about the very tactic they are now using.
And if, somehow, some Democrat somewhere has the presence of mind to ask the reporter about where all this concern about comity and cooperation was back when the GOP was lobbing cinder-block into traffic, the answer will be, "We're not here to re-litigate the past. Clearly the Murrican people have spoken and yadda yadda yadda..."
This has been another episode of How The Fuck Do Professional Journalists Not Understand How Their Own Profession Works?
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