Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Glenn Kessler Demonstrates Once Again How Useless He Is

As much as I dislike right-wing media, at least I know what to expect from their ilk. Conversely, I have far less compassion for so-called "centrist" journalists who ought to know better.

One such example is the Washington Post's Glenn Kessler, who runs their "fact checking" division. The other day he decided to take on the accusation from the Democrats that the Republicans have been responsible for cutting funding for the CDC and NIH over the past several years. He gave this claim four Pinnochios, which is the worst level of lying one can achieve on the Fact Checker page.

Needless to say, conservative media outlets all over the intertubes praised Kessler's verdict. Sites like The National Review, Newsbusters, and Hot Air were absolutely giddy that someone from the evil lamestream media was on their side.

As you might have guessed, I took issue with Kessler's analysis.

This is the crux of Kessler's argument:

There’s no doubt that spending has been cut, or at least failed to keep pace with inflation, but the fingerprints of both parties are on the knives.
 "Both parties". Why is that the case?  Well, most of the cuts that the CDC and NIH have received were due to sequestration, which Kessler blames on the White House for proposing. The implication is that Obama himself wanted brutal cuts to these agencies.

Of course, this is an idiotic assumption.

Just to quickly review, the idea of sequestration manifested when the newly insane Republican congress in 2011 thought it would be fun to blow up the world economy (again). In an attempt to prevent this catastrophe, the idea of sequestration was introduced. Kessler has gone to great lengths to prove that this horrible proposal was Obama's idea.

Though whether it was Obama's idea or not, is completely irrelevant. The point of the sequester was that it would initiate such massive, draconian cuts to all parts of the government, that both sides would be forced to come to some sort of compromise. In other words, this was supposed to be such an awful, horrible idea that no one would actually want it to go through.

Of course, in due time we learned that Republicans thought that this remarkably idiotic initiative wasn't idiotic enough, and decided it was just fine and dandy to keep after all. Obama once again, misjudged how pathologically insane the opposition was.

If a mugger tried to rob someone and they ordered him to hand over all their cash, and the muggee offers to give only half, would anyone in their right mind say that the muggee was the one who wanted to hand over half their cash? Presumably the muggee wouldn't want to have handed over anything. Obama didn't want sequestration. It was a response to Republican threats to burn down the world.

Let's also not ignore the bizarre gloating from right-wing websites because of this article. The big government loving, socialism supporting, most liberal President in history...is the one that wants cuts in government spending, not the Republicans! RNC Chairman, Reince Preibus was bragging about how the Bush Administration spent far more than Obama on the CDC and NIH. Yet do any of these right-wingers want to actually increase funding for these agencies? Of course not! If they did, they would have already done so.

They just simply want to have it both ways. They want to attack Obama for supposedly wanting to cut funding, while not actually doing anything about it. If Obama had any opportunity whatsoever to reverse the sequester cuts, he'd do it in a heartbeat.

Seriously, with useless "centrist" journalists like Glenn Kessler, who needs Michelle Malkin?

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