Even though President Obama promised a cut in the corporate income tax on the campaign trail in 2012, the media are playing up as a "grand concession" or "grand bargain" his offer to Republicans to cut the federal levy in exchange for a boatload of new deficit spending -- and hidden taxes. On Tuesday evening, Fox Business Network anchor Neil Cavuto brought NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell on his eponymous program to discuss this latest way in which the media are misleading the American people and helping to uncritically further the president's talking points on the economy.
"It's being announced as a bargain," Bozell observed, although "there is no bargain, there is no agreement" that has been struck. The media using the language of "grand bargain" is simply a set-up to blame Republicans when they rightly push back against the president's plan to ratchet up spending the country can't afford, the Media Research Center president argued [watch the full Cavuto appearance in the embed below the page break]
"This is not the first time they've done it," Bozell added. "Do we not remember the religious mandate [in ObamaCare], where the Catholic Church said no, so the Obama administration went back to review it" and then came back to tell the media they'd "reached an accommodation," when in fact the Church "did not agree to anything."
This is vintage Saul Alinsky messaging, Bozell noted, but "[f]or the media to go along with it is reprehensible."