Yesterday afternoon, the lead story on Mark Halperin’s “The Page” was the White House’s mild rebuke of Paul Ryan’s Republican budget plan.
Halperin’s headline: “Obama Pans Ryan — Without Alternative.”
This morning, Halperin’s lead story was a GOP endorsement of yesterday’s lead story. The headline: “Boehner Asks For Bam’s Budget ‘Alternative’.”
Will the media continue to exhibit less liberal media bias than usual in covering the debate over the CR? (Halperin’s guess: yes—a bit.)
Why does Halperin continue the pretense of being non-partisan?
More generally, to engage in a little media-obsessive navel-gazing, I have never seen the gap between unabashedly Village portion of the media (Halperin, WaPo, Morning Joe) and the pseudo-journalistic portion (First Read, Politico) this large before. Politico is quoting Republican advisers saying of the Ryan plan:
“You have a couple dozen members who are going to pay a pretty serious price for this vote if they end up in a tough race…. It’s not just cuts to Medicare. It’s ‘Republicans are ending Medicare as we know it.’ That’s not demagoguery. That is the case. This budget ends Medicare as we know it.”