From a Green Room post at Hot Air by Karl, a look at the media's treatment of the tea party, and it's non-treatment of the serious financial decisions facing the country.
Indeed, our unsustainable financial situation led to the creation of a Tea Party movement — one of the biggest political developments in America over the past two years. It would seem to be the perfect news peg for ongoing media coverage of our government’s fiscal irresponsibility. Of course, it didn’t work out quite that way, did it? Instead, the establishment media ignored, then attacked the Tea Party movement — first as astroturf, then as racist, as Birthers, as hypocritical (for not having formed when the problem was less dire, and for gullibly expecting the government to make good on current entitlement promises or reform them before adding new ones), etc. The establishment media’s coverage of the Tea Party often seems devoted to discussing anything other than the issues at the heart of the movement.
Thus, the establishment media reveals itself, not as the people’s watchdog against irresponsible government, but as the irresponsible government’s guard dog against the people.
Bingo! There is no watchdog media when Democrats are in power; far too many are experiencing leg tingles to do the job of looking critically at the claims and proposals of Congress and the White House. Thus, as Karl points out, ObamaCare's financial sleights-of-hand get airbrushed if not wholly ignored, to the detriment of the people. The article on which that post was based was written in November, 2009. Read both the post and the article from the New Yorker by John Cassidy, and then claim, Michael Kinsley, that you weren't warned.
Just how out of control is federal spending? This out of control.