How the Mainstream Media Is Propagating GOP Myths
The Caucus Room Conspiracy is alive and well, and it’s getting a big time boost from the mainstream media.
On Sunday morning, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson went on NBC’s “Meet the Press” - or as I like to call it, “Meet the Republicans” or "Hassle the Democrats" - to talk about the Obama administration’s efforts to deal with the surge in undocumented mostly Central American children crossing the US-Mexico border.
That surge is a real problem - the number of children showing up at the border has skyrocketed over the past few years - and it’s exactly the type of thing “Meet the Press” should be talking about.
The only problem is that David Gregory, the host of the “Meet the Press,” is more interested in repeating Republican talking points than he is in getting to the bottom of what’s really going on at our border.
For example, his first question to Secretary Johnson was essentially a rewording of the Republican myth that the main cause of the border crisis is President Obama’s decision to stop deporting some undocumented immigrants who meet DREAM Act standards.
Secretary Johnson then corrected Gregory - explaining that the real cause of the surge in border crossings by minors has to do with the situation on the ground in Latin America. But David Gregory refused to let it go and kept trying to blame the Obama administration before being shot down once again by Jeh Johnson.
That interaction between David Gregory and Jeh Johnson is a microcosm of everything that’s wrong with the mainstream media.
Whether it’s because they’re secretly Republicans themselves or because they think telling “both sides of the story” means echoing conservative talking points - mainstream “journalists” fail time and time again to tell their audience the truth about why Washington is so screwed up.
Even NPR, supposedly the most trustworthy news source around, is guilty of doing this.
Just this morning, for example, NPR’s Cokie Roberts made it seem like Capitol Hill is gridlocked because Democrats and Republicans just can’t find a way to get along.
There isn’t a “partisanship” problem on Capitol Hill; there’s a "destroy the Black guy in the White House" problem.
Since the night Obama was inaugurated, Republicans have been trying to sabotage and take down his presidency.
Way back on January 20, 2009, a night when most Americans were out celebrating the end of the Bush years, a group of powerful Republicans was planning the end of Obama presidency before it even really began.
At the Caucus Room restaurant right here in Washington, DC, Republican leaders drew up a plan to intentionally sabotage Obama at every point possible and deny him any sort of legacy
They wanted to make sure that decades from now Americans would say, "Boy, was it a mistake putting that Black Guy into the White House!"
The whole thing was orchestrated by Republican propaganda mastermind Frank Luntz and over the course of four hours, a group of the most powerful conservative lawmakers in the country committed to a plan of action.
On the guest list for this “invitation only” meeting were Republican Senators like Jim DeMint, Jon Kyl, Tom Coburn, John Ensign and Bob Corker.
Also in attendance were Congressmen Paul Ryan, Pete Sessions, Jeb Hensarling, Pete Hoekstra, Dan Lungren, Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy.
They promised each other that they would filibuster and obstruct any and all legislation supported by President Obama.
If you’re looking for a reason why Washington has been so screwed up during the Obama years, the Caucus Room Conspiracy is your answer.
Republicans decided the night Obama was inaugurated that they wanted to “Jimmy Carter-ize” him.
They don’t care that millions of people have now seven gone months without unemployment insurance.
They don’t care that our highways are crumbling.
And they don’t care that a generation of young Americans is now burdened with over $1 trillion of student loan debt.
They don’t care about any of that.
All Republicans care about is destroying the Obama presidency and destroying any legacy he could have.
And if that means screwing over the American people in the process, then so be it.
Everything goes back to the Caucus Room Conspiracy, especially the ongoing debate about immigration.
Which is why because their number one goal is to sabotage President Obama, Republicans have turned the surge in undocumented children crossing the border - a humanitarian crisis - into a political crisis.
Republicans know that as long as they spread lie after lie about what’s causing this crisis, it will distract from the fact that John Boehner still hasn’t brought the bipartisan immigration reform bill that passed the Senate this session to a vote in the House.
Republicans also know that if they can keep this gig up long enough, most Americans will chalk up the failure of immigration reform to President Obama, not GOP sabotage.
It's really as simple as that.