October 14, 2010
October 14, 2010
Media defends Chamber from White House accusations
by Kevin Ganster
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Having run with unsubstantiated accusations that the U.S. Chamber used foreign money to fund political ads, the mainstream media is now finding those accusations a little hard to swallow. Examining facts often has that effect. Somewhat surprisingly, the New York Times was first out of the gate on Saturday with a piece saying, essentially, there is no there there.
“In a potential sign of Democratic unease with the White House midterm political strategy, some of President Obama’s allies have begun to question his sustained attack on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce… Democrats are concerned that that it may be overstated and could harm moderate Democrats in swing districts. The Chamber also backs some Democratic candidates for congressional seats, and its local affiliates generally enjoy positive reputations across the country.”
“That is the same tactic and logic that Sen. Joe McCarthy used in the 1950s: Level a headline-grabbing and unsubstantiated charge, like the State Department is filled with communists, and then say it is up to the State Department and the employees so charged to prove it is not true.
So much for hope and change; this is the politics of fear, slander and divisiveness on the eve of an election that looks as if it will deliver a damning verdict on the first two years of the Obama administration.”
“If at first you don’t succeed, get some friends in high places to shut your opponents up. That’s the latest Washington power play, as Democrats and liberals attack the Chamber of Commerce and independent spending groups in an attempt to stop businesses from participating in politics.”
In this intensely partisan and highly-charged pre-election atmosphere in which we live, the left and their allies have done what was heretofore unthinkable: They have found a bipartisan issue on which Republicans and Democrats can agree. The only bipartisan position on this issue is in defense of the Chamber. In short, this rocket has now zoomed out of control and landed smack-dab on the folks who lit the fuse in the first place. Along the way, they have managed to resurrect old charges of foreign influence leveled against their own party and its leaders. The groundlessness of their claims have made folks from Bob Schieffer to the Augusta Chronicle see it as a poor attempt to distract voters from the dismal economy which their policies have created.
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