CNN Politics Reports 'Republicans Name Fiscal Conservatives to Debt Committee,' Ignores Liberals Picked by Democrats
Today CNN's Politics Web site carries the story "Republicans name fiscal conservatives to debt committee," written by Deirdre Walsh and Tom Cohen. The piece begins:
"Republican leaders on Wednesday named fiscal conservatives for their six picks for a new congressional "super" committee charged with crafting a plan to cut the country's deficit."
OK, the GOP's selections would be seen by most as fiscally conservative. Senator Jon Kyle (R-AZ), for example, has received an A in the most recent rankings of the National Taxpayers Union and a 97 percent rating for 2009 from Citizens Against Government Waste, as reported by Project Vote Smart.
Yesterday, Walsh wrote an article titled "Reid taps Sen. Murray to co-chair debt committee" on CNN's Politics Web site It started:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said Tuesday that he would appoint Sen. Patty Murray, Sen. Max Baucus of Montana and Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts to the congressional "super committee," charged with crafting a plan to cut the country's deficit.
No mention was made of the fact that all the Democrats selected by Reid are fiscal liberals. All received an F in the most recent rankings of the National Taxpayers Union. From Citizens Against Government Waste, Baucus was rated at 5 percent, with Murray and Kerry each assigned 3 percent.
The self-described mainstream media are usually quite quick to identify politicians they deem conservative. But does their lexicon not include the word liberal?