Open the Budget Debate to the People Media boost Ryan plan, ignore People's Budget
Thanks to the corporate media, you probably know all about Republican Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan. After he unveiled his proposal to slash Medicare funding and cut taxes for the wealthy--all in the name of fiscal discipline--he was interviewed on all the network Sunday morning shows: NBC's Meet the Press (4/10/11), Face the Nation on CBS (4/17/11) and ABC's This Week (5/1/11).
Ryan also was given one-on-one interviews on the PBS NewsHour (4/5/11) and ABC's Good Morning America (4/13/11), and was profiled by ABC World News (4/5/11). Ryan's plan was discussed in a number of segments on the nightly newscasts (NBC Nightly News, 4/9/11, 4/10/11, 4/13/11, 4/16/11, 4/26/11; CBS Evening News, 4/10/11, 4/12/11, 4/13/11, 4/15/11). When Republican contender Newt Gingrich criticized the Ryan plan, that produced another wave of coverage, highlighted by a return visit to Meet the Press (5/22/11) for Ryan to answer Gingrich's charges. And this is just a tiny fraction of the media attention Ryan has received across television, print, web and radio.
Meanwhile, the Congressional Progressive Caucus released its own "People's Budget" plan on April 12. This 10-year plan also looks to reduce the budget deficit--but does so with tax increases on the wealthy, a reduction in military spending, and a tax on Wall Street financial speculation. While the Ryan plan is founded on "dubious assertions, questionable assumptions and fishy figures" and aims to balance the budget in 2040 (Washington Post, 4/6/11), the People's Budget is based on realistic economic assumptions and actually projects a budget surplus within 10 years (EPI, 4/28/11).
The People's Budget hasn't been mentioned on the network newscasts. Members of the Progressive Caucus haven't been invited to talk about their budget plan on the Sunday shows, or even the PBS NewsHour. The budget discussion on broadcast TV is often a debate between two conservative figures (like Ryan and Gingrich), and almost never veers left of whatever "bipartisan" negotiations the White House is supporting.
Polls show large majorities favor taxing the wealthy to reduce the debt while strongly opposing cuts to Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security (ABC/Washington Post, 4/14-17/11; Pew Research Center, 3/8-14/11), and when asked to choose between cutting defense spending, Medicare/Medicaid or Social Security, 51 percent choose military spending while only 28 percent pick Medicare/Medicaid and 18 percent Social Security (Reuters/Ipsos, 3/3-6/11).
Why won't the media tell the public about a plan that is more closely aligned with public opinion than the alternatives? It's time to ask them. If the budget deficit is really as important as the Beltway media make it out to be, then it's time to broaden the discussion.
(For more on the coverage of Ryan's plan vs. the People's Budget, see Extra!, 6/11.)
TV news lavishes attention on Paul Ryan's budget plan, based on "fishy figures," that would slash Medicare and cut taxes for the wealthy. Meanwhile, the People's Budget, which would balance the budget in 10 years with taxes on the wealthy and cuts in military spending--a plan much more aligned with public opinion--hasn't been mentioned on the network newscasts. If the budget deficit is really as important as the Beltway media make it out to be, then it's time they broaden the discussion to include the People's Budget.
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Wed Jul 13 14:48:40 EDT 2011
Everyone I talk to says they think the budget shortfall should be made up by increasing taxes on the rich and cutting the military.
They also wonder why they are not hearing this obvious solution More....reflected in the media.
Wed Jul 13 13:05:38 EDT 2011
Please for the sake of retired and disabled people like myself, give the attention to the People's Deficit Reduction Plan.
We are faced with a growing economic crisis of unimaginable proportions More....which if the Congress and the Executive Branches of government do not rein in, will destroy and kill hundreds of thousands of people who cannot for one reason or another take financial care of themselves. I don't relish the thought of dying because of a lack of funding for Medicaid and Medicare. Rather than lie down, I will stand up and give voice to the rage that is seething in the nation.
It is patently unfair for the richest 5% of this nation to hold almost 95% of the wealth, and demand more tax cuts. Don't let this happen.
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Mon Jul 11 18:57:42 EDT 2011
The GOP plan to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy on the backs of seniors and the vulnerable through Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid cuts is shameful. If we had a single payer system (i.e., Medicare More....for all) Medicare would not even be on the table for cuts.
Mon Jul 11 12:59:26 EDT 2011
Port Saint Lucie,
I am tired of hearing the droning minority on the Sunday talk shows. I don't even listen to any of them anymore, because I have heard it all before!
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Sat Jul 09 08:39:25 EDT 2011
after ten years of massive tax cuts for the filthy dripping rich and those prolific job creating business's, only one question remains.... WHERE ARE THE JOBS ?
Fri Jul 08 23:17:22 EDT 2011
Carlyn St. John
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Look at the facts. Look at the MATH. Look at the People's Budget. OH LOOK! They all coincide!
Reality is never reported in the corporate "news"; but they do spend quite some time bemoaning how More....overbiased they themselves are.....to the LEFT?