Liberal-run AP Easily Distorts Obama Budget Vote
My post title above is a take-off on the Yahoo News Headline on this AP story about the House vote last night on President Obama’s budget proposal:
GOP-run House easily rejects Obama budget
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-run House has overwhelmingly rejected President Barack Obama’s $3.6 trillion budget for next year after a vote forced by GOP lawmakers to embarrass Democrats.
Republicans have opposed Obama’s budget all year, criticizing its tax increases on the wealthy and saying it lacks sufficient spending cuts.
Democrats have defended Obama’s budget priorities but they largely voted “no” Wednesday night.
Republicans said Democrats were afraid to vote for Obama’s proposed tax increases and extra spending for energy and welfare. Democrats said Republicans had forced a vote on a version of Obama’s budget that contained only its numbers, not the policies he would use to achieve them.
The vote was 414-0.
The vote came as the House debated a GOP budget that contains far more deficit reduction than Obama has proposed.
Obviously, the headline wasn’t the only problem. There is also “a vote forced by GOP lawmakers to embarrass Democrats” stated as fact, not as the opinion of the Democrats in the House. And then there’s “Democrats … largely voted ‘no’ Wednesday night.” ”Largely?” How about unanimously?
Nothing new as far as media bias goes, but the headlines do not always make me laugh out loud as this one did, so I figured it was worth sharing.