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Corporate Media Manufactures Power for Limp GOP

Cable news shows gave powerless and irrelevant Republican legislators twice as much media coverage about their views on the stimulus bill.
 
 
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So, as reviewed ad nauseum here, Republican legislators and their economic policies not only got their asses handed to them in the most recent election, but when it comes specifically to the economic stimulus package, they themselves admit they have almost zero actual legislative power to impact the bill.

That is, when you empirically consider the rules of the House in giving almost tyrannical power to the majority, and when you consider that even Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky acknowledges he can't stop the stimulus in the Senate, congressional Republicans have just about zero official power to stop -- or even shape -- the economic stimulus bill.

And yet, as Think Progress reports, cable news shows have given these same completely powerless and irrelevant Republican legislators twice as much media coverage about their views on the stimulus bill as they have given to Democratic legislators, who have all the power to shape and pass the bill.