If there has been anything unifying the mainstream media coverage of the debt crisis, it has been attacking the Tea Party. Last night on the Daily Show, Jon Stewart joined the chorus, railing against the Tea Party's dislike of the debt deal, which he claimed they won through the plan's spending cuts, even though the cuts are in fact quite small.
According to Stewart, the Tea Party freshmen control less than half of the House, but they are the ones who caused the ruckus of forcing billions in spending cuts. He went on to say Tea Partiers don't want a government at all and likened them to bank robbers taking everyone hostage.
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Stewart's open tirade against the Tea Party did not even attempt to mask his liberal bias, which is unsurprising since the CMI has previously found that Stewart goes after Republicans and Fox News almost four times as much as liberals and Democrats on his supposedly moderate show.
What are you still angry about? Yes, government still exists. We still have traffic lights. We're sorry. Not everybody defines freedom as the ability to not pay taxes. Government isn't perfect, but some people wish it was better, not gone. This whole process has been like you're in a bank, it's a negotiation where you got some hostages, and after getting everything you wanted you're still going 'Oh, and one last demand, I still get to kill the hostages right?'
Stewart also neglected to note that the spending cuts the Tea Party wanted were not even the ones in the budget. Tea Party favorite Sen. Rand Paul explained the actual cuts in an open letter criticizing the debt deal:
Even if you believe cutting $2.1 trillion out of $10 trillion is a good compromise, surely we can start cutting quickly, say $200 billion-$300 billion per year, right? Wrong. This plan so badly backloads the alleged savings that the cuts are simply meaningless. Why do we believe that the goal of $2.5 trillion over 10 years (that's an average of $250 billion per year) will EVER be met if the first two years cuts are $20 billion and $50 billion. There is simply no path in this bill even to the meager savings they are alleging will take place.
Stewart's criticism of the Tea Party only follows suit with the rest of the liberal media, who have spent the past week calling out the Tea Party for being terrorists, kidnappers, reckless teenagers, and incompetent congressmen.