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Asking tough questions

Posted: February 19, 2012 - 2:52pm

As Americans, we depend on the media to do their job and ask tough questions so that we can make informed choices on what is going on in the world. Unfortunately, we aren’t getting that these days. An example of this was when Jack Lew, the White House chief of staff was on CNN with Candy Crowley discussing the new budget that the president was proposing. Mr. Lew was already saying there wasn’t any hope that the budget would pass the Senate because it needed 60 votes to pass and that would mean bipartisan support to do that and he was sure that wouldn’t happen. Before becoming chief of staff, Jack Lew was the budget director for President Obama and before that, the budget director for President Clinton.

Even the Washington Post which tends to lean left thought that Mr. Lew’s statements were misleading. Quoting their “fact checker” page on the Washington Post website they say “Lew is completely wrong when he claims that 60 votes are needed to pass a budget in the Senate. As he well knows, a budget resolution is one of the few things that are not subject to a filibuster.”

Mr. Lew made the same misleading statement to David Gregory of NBC. You would think two reporters that are supposed to be “political experts” on major news channels would know thae fact that a simple majority was needed to pass the budget in the Senate. Their job is to point that out and not let someone make misleading statements without challenging them. There’s really only two choices that make sense for why they never challenged Jack Lew. Either they are incompetent in their jobs or else they were complicit in helping put out misleading statements. Either way, how can they have any credibility as “journalists”?

Dave Goos

Baxter