Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
The budget agreement worked out between Republican Paul Ryan and
Democrat Patty Murray is being covered mostly as an encouraging sign of
bipartisanship. To the extent that much criticism is allowed, most of
it comes from those on the right, who wish that there were deeper
There's plenty of criticism from the left, though. Robert Borosage of the Campaign for America's Future (12/12/13) pointed out that the deal cuts benefits for the long-term unemployed. The Nation's John Nichols (12/10/13)
noted that the cuts in pension benefits for military and federal
workers means they "will be required to take what is effectively a pay
cut in order to pay more for their retirement benefits." These decisions
were made because Republicans refuse to consider any tax increases on
Interesting, then, to see what the budget deal debate looked like on the December 12 PBS NewsHour.
On the one side was Wall Street Democrat Steven Rattner, who has worked
for most of the big banks and currently runs his own investment firm.
He was mostly supportive, though he did note that "we need to address
the issue of spending on Medicare and Social Security."