Is Fox News Derailing Ted Cruz on Obamacare Defunding?

| August 13 2013
David Leeper

Fact:  The Ted Cruz / Mike Lee proposed House Continuing Resolution (CR) would fund the entire federal government except for Obamacare.  If passed into law by the Senate and signed by the president, there would be no need for any “shutdown.”  Only Obamacare spending would be halted.

And yet —

Fox News, GOP spokespersons, and many conservative talk show hosts continue to talk about “Republicans threatening to shut down the government.”  These groups are helping derail the Cruz/Lee CR by their unprofessional comments and reporting.  See, in particular, the 3-minute video below, recorded August 11, 2013 (annotations added).


Passing the Cruz/Lee CR and sending it to the Senate will require courage — more courage than the GOP-led House has managed to muster since taking the majority in January, 2011. Having the conservative-friendly media repeatedly distort the initiative, as Fox does in the video above, pretty much dooms it.

Cruz-LeeAs another example, on the Laura Ingraham show last week, Laura actually ran a poll question that asked: Should the Republicans shut down the government in order to get Obamacare defunded?  She even announced this poll question right after ending an interview with Ted Cruz!

Way to go, Laura — you’re playing right into Obama’s narrative. Why didn’t you make that poll question: If the president doesn’t get his funding for Obamacare, do you think he’ll hurt Americans by shutting down the government?  Do you see the difference?

As Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint said in his August 8 opinion piece in the Wall St. Journal (emphasis added):

This [CR] question is not being addressed fairly by the media, so the American people are not being told the truth about the coming political showdown over ObamaCare. Here’s what’s really happening.

President Obama, along with all the Democrats, will accuse Republicans of trying to shut down the government by giving the president a spending bill that he must veto. But there is no “must” about it. If the president opts to shut down all of government instead of just ObamaCare, that will be his choice, not the wish of conservatives. The truth is rarely a factor in today’s political battles, though. Much of the media will echo the White House talking points about Republicans shutting down the government. [Yep — even Fox News.] Seniors will be told that Social Security and Medicare are in jeopardy if ObamaCare is not funded, the poor will be threatened with loss of benefits—well, you know the rest.

DeMint also addresses the myth pushed by Karl Rove and others that Obamacare can’t be defunded because so much of it is part of the mandatory budget.  About Rove et al, he writes:

Demint1Their assertions are wrong. According to the Congressional Research Service, ObamaCare “administrative costs will have to be funded through the annual discretionary appropriations.” Furthermore, annual appropriations bills routinely carry funding limitations to mandatory spending and often block a wide range of potential government activities. The Hyde Amendment to a 1976 appropriation bill, for example, blocked all taxpayer funding of abortion, and has every year since 1976. Congress can disallow [mandatory] funding for ObamaCare and effectively stop the implementation of the law.

So what is the Rove alternative strategy?  DeMint summarizes it as:

Allow ObamaCare to be fully implemented so the American people will see what a mess it is.

Good grief, Mr. Rove!  Drive our children and grandchildren billions of dollars deeper into debt bondage so that we can teach America a lesson?  Destroy still more of what’s left of our free-market health system, drive more doctors out of practice prematurely, wreck the private-insurance market, devastate employer-provided health insurance plans, and force millions into dependence on rationed federal healthcare? All that in the hopes of benefiting Republicans politically (maybe)?  Sorry, Mr. Rove — no sale!

On the other hand, what are the actual prospects for the Cruz/Lee CR plan being implemented in the House? Virtually none. Sadly, all the signs are that we will see another 11th-hour capitulation disguised as a “compromise”, followed by pats-on-the-back for everybody and media stories of another “crisis averted.”

It’s Groundhog Day all over again, folks.  And the media, even conservative-friendly media like Fox, are playing their role in making it happen.  What a disappointment — shame on them!

8 comments
harold5187
harold5187

I support Fox News!  Because I'm so sick of all the other New's agencies cow towing to the bad guys, or wherever they sniff money and their personal agenda...  News should be told as it is, without bias, but in Obama's case, I'll make an exception, feel free to trash that snake of a Muslim President!

rofomoreno
rofomoreno

Yesterday on Hannity's radio program (Monday, 8/12/13) Rove and Mike Lee squared off debating the issue. Lee came out of the chute quite resolute and without hesitancy or a misstep in voicing his well thought through reasoning. Pure qualified leadership character all the way through the interview.

Karl Rove (the Fox Repub strategist/analyst ) on the other hand started out sounding of lacking confidence, nervous, seemingly forcing levity to try to divert from Lee's opening salvo. His voice was off cadence and raised in portions of the more contentious back-n-forth where it almost sounded of desperation. He did not sound as if he himself was convinced of his own talking points.

If anyone was keeping score, Mike Lee walked all over Rove.


sleepergirl
sleepergirl

 I guess FNC needs to get their money's worth from Karl Rove, even Charles Krauthammer.  Who needs Dems when old guard establishment GOP can do their dirty work for them.

sleepergirl
sleepergirl

Fox isn't reliably taking the conservative position.  Take amnesty.  I think old boy Rupert Murdoch supports it and except for Hannity, all the anchors seem to be falling in line on this.  

It rankles each time I hear one of FNC's "personalities" misspeak the message that should be conveyed.  CR funds everthing EXCEPT Obamacare.  If politicians vote for funding Obamadontcare, they they are voting for SOCIALIZED, single-payer medicine.

OldmanRick
OldmanRick

Face it. Too many repugnuts want to maintain a full rice bowl, their cushy seat in the house or senate, an overblown paycheck, and that Cadillac health plan for themselves and staff at taxpayer expense rather than do what's right for the people and nation. It's past to toss out both the rinos and jackasses, and start over from scratch. Make it so in 14, 16, 18, and 20.

dleeper47
dleeper47 moderator

@OldmanRick

I'm with you, OR.  What do you think of Levin's first "Liberty Amendment" in his new book by that name published just today (8/13)?

SECTION 1: No person may serve more than twelve years as a member of Congress, whether such service is exclusively in the House or the Senate or combined in both Houses. 

SECTION 2: Upon ratification of this Article, any incumbent member of Congress whose term exceeds the twelve-year limit shall complete the current term, but thereafter shall be ineligible for further service as a member of Congress.

Levin, Mark R. (2013-08-13). The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic (Kindle Location 271). Threshold Editions. Kindle Edition.