CBS Frets Waste of Time on ‘Cut Cap and Balance,’ But Promotes ‘Remarkable Resurrection’ for ‘Gang of 6’
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CBS Frets Waste of Time on ‘Cut Cap and Balance,’ But Promotes ‘Remarkable Resurrection’ for ‘Gang of 6’

New York City : NY : USA | Jul 21, 2011 at 7:04 AM PDT
Source: Newsbusters
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House Republicans have a budget-cutting proposal that stands no chance of getting by President Obama while some Senators have a big tax-hiking plan which stands no chance of passage in the House, but CBS, in illustrating the larger media take, framed the conservative plan as a distracting waste of time while cheerleading the Senate's Gang of 33 plan in the name of bi-partisanship. On Tuesday night, CBS Evening News anchor Bob Schieffer dismissed the relevance of the Cut, Cap and Balance proposal, fretting the House of Representatives spent most of the day debating a Republican plan to cut trillions of dollars from the federal budget which faces a certain presidential veto and will never become law...The next night, Wednesday, anchor Russ Mitchell touted how one plan put forward by a bipartisan group of six Senators is gaining support. Reporter Nancy Cordes trumpeted a remarkable resurrection for the Gang of Six, which was written off as irrelevant months ago... Schieffer introduced the July 19 story: Back in this country, where the clock is now winding down toward a possible government default, the House of Representatives spent most of the day debating a Republican plan to cut trillions of dollars from the federal budget. There is only one problem: all sides concede that even if the bill did pass the Senate, too, and that's a long shot, it faces a certain presidential veto and will never become law...The clock is ticking down toward a government default, in less than two weeks. Without an agreement to raise the debt ceiling the federal government will not be able to pay its bills. Work on a deal continued today and one plan put forward by a bipartisan group of six Senators is gaining support...What was the Gang of Six Senators is now a Gang of 33: 15 Republicans and 18 Democrats who signed a letter backing the new bipartisan plan to slash $3.7 trillion from future deficits. It's a remarkable resurrection for the Gang of Six, which was written off as irrelevant months ago.

 
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