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Public Doesn’t Buy ‘False Equivalency’ in Blame for Economy, Gridlock

Timothy Noah’s “Poll: It Isn’t Both Sides’ Fault” at The New Republic provides a strong validation Of James Vega’s December 5 TDS post about the folly and fraud of ‘false equivalence’ in assigning blame to both political parties for legislative gridlock and economic decline. Citing a new Pew Center poll conducted 12/7-11, Noah explains in the nut graph:

…The really interesting finding is that the public does not accept the “objective” message spoon-fed by the press that both sides are equally at fault. Instead, it (accurately) assigns most of the blame to the Republican party. Forty percent say Republican leaders are more to blame, as against a mere 23 percent who say Democratic leaders are more to blame. A larger proportion blames the GOP than blame both parties (32 percent). And among independents, 38 percent say Republicans are more to blame, against 15 percent who say Democrats are. So much for the hack story line that partisanship and political games-playing is paralyzing Washington. Partisanship and political games-playing by Republicans is paralyzing Washington

It gets better:

Which party, Pew asked, is more extreme in its positions? Fifty-three percent say Republicans, against 33 percent who finger Democrats. (Only 1 percent says that neither side is more extreme.)
Which side is more willing to work with the other? Fifty-one percent say it’s the Democrats, against 25 percent who say Republicans.
Which side can better manage the government? Forty-one percent say the Democrats against 35 percent who say the Republicans.
Which side is more honest and ethical? Forty-five percent say the Democrats, against 28 percent who say the Republicans.

Noah goes on to cite polling data showing that even Republicans agree that their party is at more at fault. More and more it appears that the MSM’s false equivalency puppets and parrots have a very tough sell.

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