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  •  WaPo OpEd (14+ / 0-)
    Last week in Washington was a tale of two budgets. One of them used popular, common-sense plans to create millions of jobs. The other had a battery of discredited ideas that would kill jobs and derail the recovery. Guess which one much of the mainstream media were chattering about?
    It doesn’t have to be that way. When all-too-savvy reporters dismiss reasonable ideas as doomed fantasies, they do the public a disservice. When they shower right-wing pseudo-wonkery with the air of seriousness, they make it that much worse. (There are praiseworthy exceptions to the trend,including the New York Times’ Paul Krugman and The Post’s Ezra Klein, who called the Progressive Caucus budget the “correct counterpart to the unbridled ambition of the Ryan budget.”)

    She also references this post:

    Today, another budget will be proposed by the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the “Back to Work” budget. It probably won’t become law either. But it deserves every bit of media attention that Ryan’s budget gets.

    Even though the Progressive Caucus holds an unfair advantage: It includes policies the public actually supports.

    Of course, the media shouldn’t let popularity influence coverage. All ideas should get a fair hearing, so the public can make a final judgment after hearing all sides.

    But it’d be crazy for the media to give all the attention to the budget full of unpopular ideas, and none for the budget full of popular ideas.

    "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

    by Catte Nappe on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 10:15:02 AM PDT

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