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Campbell Brown, John King forget everything but GOP talking point to share the Media Putz award

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Originally published on MediaPutz.com on November 13, 2008

Campbell Brown and John King

Political reporters are supposed to know more about politics than the average person. They should know which party was in charge of the White House, House and Senate in the last few decades, at least. And they definitely should know which party was in charge for the last eight years.

On Election Night, Campbell Brown and John King were focusing on one-party rule and the concern over whether having one party control the White House and both houses of Congress.

But where were they from 2003-2007? Or 2001? Did they forget the recent past?

Campbell Brown: And for those people who have been worried about the possibility of one party controlling Congress and the White House, the last president to do that was?

John King: That was Bill Clinton and —

Campbell Brown: — Jimmy Carter. Jimmy Carter. Bill Clinton had Democrats in the House and the Senate?

John King: Very briefly.

Campbell Brown. Very briefly. It didn’t go so well.

John King: No it didn’t.

For the record, Brown and King were both wrong, but Brown was much more wrong. The correct answer was George W. Bush. The Republicans controlled all three areas from January 20 to June 6 in 2001 and from 2003 to 2007.

It would be very easy to give the award to Brown and King for completely forgetting that Bush and the Republicans had complete control of the White House and Congress. But no, the honor is for recognizing that the concern for “those people who have been worried about the possibility of one party controlling Congress and the White House” doesn’t extend when Republicans are in charge, but only when Democrats are in control.

But where is our assessment of four years plus of solid Republican rule? How much time has been spent on wondering the pitfalls of this time period?

Yes, Katrina happened on that watch, both the uncertain levees and the reaction from FEMA and how Republican Mississippi got more help quicker than Democratic Louisiana. The badly drawn Medicare Part D bill also occurred. Terri Schiavo also fell into that time period. And there are countless more examples.

But the total Republican rule slipped past journalists such as Brown and King. And Brown initially forgot Clinton’s first two years, yet she could remember that it “didn’t go so well.”

We could have a debate over which period in this nation’s history went more poorly than the other: Democrats from 1993-1995 or Republicans from 2003-2007. But most impartial experts know which period was worse for the United States.

And Brown and King also get the honor for repeating the talking points pushed by the GOP in a panic over losing the White House as well as the already established losses of the House and Senate in 2006.

Their “concern” over one-party rule comes magically around the time the GOP puts this talking point out there. So when they say they care about “those people who have been worried,” they didn’t care about them from 2003-2007, and still don’t care about the ramifications of what that dominant reign did to the American people.

For showing us that concern over one-party rule only goes in one direction, Campbell Brown and John King both share the honor of our Media Putz of the week.

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Written by democracysoup

November 13, 2008 at 6:00 am

Posted in media criticism, MSM

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  1. […] isn’t the first time on-camera King has shown an incredible lack of memory. After all, King shared the Media Putz with Campbell Brown from an incident on Election Night 2008 where Brown and King couldn’t remember that Bush and […]

  2. […] isn’t the first time on-camera King has shown an incredible lack of memory. After all, King shared the Media Putz with Campbell Brown from an incident on Election Night 2008 where Brown and King couldn’t remember that Bush and […]


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