Friday, April 15, 2011

Friday News Puzzle

I'm a little baffled by the newspapers today. The House of Representatives is about to vote on their FY2012 budget, and both the New York Times and the Washington Post (at least in their current online editions) are mostly ignoring it -- even Ezra Klein's usually-reliable (and must-read) "Wonkbook" ignores it. Oh, and they're not just voting on the Ryan budget: also getting votes will be three alternative budgets from the Democrats and one from the Republicans. As I write this, the first of these, the Congressional Black Caucus budget, is getting its vote.

Granted, there was plenty of coverage of the Paul Ryan budget last week, when it was introduced; and granted, it's not as if the Senate is about to go along with dismantling Medicare, among other things. Still, a whole lot of Republicans are about to take a major vote, and you would think that it counts as news, budget fatigue or no.


  1. Huffington Post has it up. For all the sensationalism and crappy journalism, they get a few things right.

  2. Not to mention that this will be a vote that will haunt Republican members of the House, especially freshmen. Anyone who votes for Ryan's budget today is guaranteed to have ads run against them that say "Congressman X voted to abolish Medicare and force our parents and grandparents to fend for themselves."

  3. Yup. I didn't see HuffPo, but I now see that NBC's First Read includes it, and I'm sure I could find it somewhere at the Post and NYT -- but they sure aren't making much of a fuss about it.


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