Judd vs. The MSNBC Volcano01.28.10
Senator Judd Gregg (R-N.H) – who was mentioned in last night’s State of the Union by President Barack Obama as a co-sponsor of the Bipartisan Task Force for Responsible Fiscal Action Act of 2009 – got into it with MSNBC hosts Contessa Brewer and Melissa Francis tonight. You can see the clip below of what set him off:
This is not good reporting. It’s these types of shows that lend evidence to the notion of a liberal-controlled MSM; this show is clearly slanted. Not that it’s some rarity – MSNBC and Fox News each have their own plethora of shows that pander to their respective audiences. Francis’s only reason for throwing out the cutting education bit was to inflame the situation, get some juicy soundbites perhaps (check!), and try to peg the Republicans as being so caught up in their ideology against spending as to not even want to invest in education, which is wrong – not even Republicans are calling for education cuts (except in Michigan, where the situation is so dire that even Democratic Governor Granholm is cutting state funding for schools).
Insinuating that Gregg and the Republicans want to cut education gets us nowhere. It was a conversation ender. Gregg goes into how he would cut funding of TARP and the stimulus bill. Perhaps they could’ve asked him how that would affect the extremely fragile nature of the economy. Or ask where the Republicans were on fiscal responsibility the past eight years when the GOP’s spending was out of control, leading us to our current massive deficit and subsequent recession. Plenty of directions to go. Accusing him of cutting education wasn’t one of them.