A number of pundits have commented on the false equivalence of media reporting on the GOP government shutdown.
James Fallows of the Atlantic says the following:
As a matter of journalism, any story that presents the disagreements as a "standoff," a "showdown," a "failure of leadership," a sign of "partisan gridlock," or any of the other usual terms for political disagreement, represents a failure of journalism and an inability to see or describe what is going on.It's as if the Beltway media world is some kind of weird parallel universe where bad actors who take hostages and refuse to compromise are treated like good faith negotiaters.
If these guys were consistent, this is how they would describe the attacks of 9/11:
On September 11, 2001, over 3000 Americans were killed, the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York were destroyed, and the Pentagon was severely damaged, when the U.S. Government and 19 Saudi hijackers failed to reach a compromise.