MSNBC Distorts Reagan Position on Debt Ceiling, Says Media Watchdog Group

Cable network MSNBC has been distorting the late President Ronald Reagan’s position on raising the debt ceiling, in the midst of a current-day political debate over raising that ceiling between President Barack Obama and Republicans on Capitol Hill, says an analysis by the Media Research Center (MRC).

“At least five MSNBC anchors since Tuesday have promoted a cherry-picked House Democratic Caucus video that distorts President Ronald Reagan’s position on the debt ceiling, inaccurately asserting that President Barack Obama is more in line with Reagan than the Republicans,” MRC News Analyst Alex Fitzsimmons reported in a BiasAlert on Wednesday.

The five MSNBC anchors are Chris Matthews, Al Sharpton, Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell and Thomas Roberts. They each played or cited an excerpt from a Reagan speech given on Sept. 26, 1987. In the excerpt, Reagan expressed the need to raise the debt ceiling.

However, the cable network did not acknowledge that later in that same speech Reagan insisted on a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

MRC President L. Brent Bozell III expressed outrage at the network on Thursday.

Read More at CNS News by Fred Lucas, CNSNews

  • Lizelot

    Distortions and misquotes are the norm for mainstream media and has been for a long time. The problem is not the media perse, but that the general public hasn’t learned to separate fact from fiction, and rarely questions the “news”. We need to abolish the Dept of Educ. and drasticly reform education–that’s where the twig is bent.

    • Lorraine Smith

      I definitely agree that the Dept. of Education must be abolished and TRUE education (Three R’s and using common sense) reinstated at the local level. This must be without unions for incompetent teachers and more input from parents as far as content.