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  •  So, why is the NYT even reporting his comments? (7+ / 0-)

    What a crap article opening with false equivalence:

    If there is a rock bottom in the frayed relationship between Senate Republicans and Democrats, it seemed uncomfortably close as the final days of 2013 on Capitol Hill degenerated into something like an endurance contest to see who could be the most spiteful.
    ...
    a second straight late-night session — called by Democrats as a way of retaliating for Republicans’ delaying tactics on confirmations.
    Spiteful?  Retaliating?  Harry Reid wants the Senate to do its business.  However, due to ongoing GOP obstructionism, the only way to have that happen is to work all night.  Not till deep in the article does the reporter address the outcome:  
    The Democratic push was producing results...
    Also, the entire article only quotes one Democrat who explains the matter.
    The plain fact is that there is a faction of the Republican Party that is essentially insisting on burning through all of these time deadlines. - Senator Richard Blumenthal (D)
    But allows many Republicans to spew their self-pitying nonsense.
    I think it resembles fourth graders playing in a sandbox - Senator Lamar Alexander (R).

    If Bob Byrd had been here he would have had a stroke - Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R).

    I can’t imagine what folks think (that the Senate is only dealing with mid-level nominations) - Senator Deb Fischer (R).

    Democrats have for petty partisan reasons taken away... one of the checks and balances on a rogue presidency. - Senator Rand Paul (R)

    A 4 to 1 ratio.  Crap reporting.  A better lede would be:
    After Senate rules were changed to stop Republicans from obstructing Senate confirmations with an unprecedented use of filibuster and cloture, Republicans continue to attempt to bring Senate business to a near standstill.  While the Senate works through the backlog of nominations, Republicans stall the procedures by holding the floor, thereby forcing Reid to schedule non-stop sessions.  Republicans drown in their tears of self-pity and hypocrisy.  
    Well, maybe the last sentence wouldn't make it past an editor, heh.
    •  The NYT is sadly not alone (1+ / 0-)
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      Calamity Jean

      In its terrible reporting.  Listening to NPR the other morning, they just gave a brief report on stuff in the Senate, essentially just playing one of the Republican's sound-bytes about how Senate Democrats have broken the rules.  

      Doesn't journalistic integrity demand you don't just regurgitate, unchallenged, things that aren't true?

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