After years of downplaying ideological labels for Barack Obama, ABC has seemingly accepted the idea that the President is a “progressive” and a “liberal.” While recapping the inauguration, Good Morning America’s journalists used the terms four times in just two minutes and 45 seconds. Yet, when Obama was a Democratic primary candidate in 2007, the networks deployed the L-word just twice– in the entire year.
On Tuesday, George Stephanopoulos hyped the ideological content of Obama’s second inaugural: “The speech, a call to action, an uncompromising annunciation of liberal principles.”
Seconds later, the former Democratic operative turned journalist reiterated, insisting that “liberals were cheering yesterday.” Jon Karl trumpeted, “He went lofty. He went ambitious. And he went unmistakably liberal.”
The labels continued as Karl repeated, “[Obama] unapologetically laid out a progressive agenda, promising action on climate change, equal pay for women and immigration.”
It only took two presidential elections for ABC to come around to this idea. The ABC graphic for the segment touted the liberal agenda: “Obama’s Inaugural: ‘We Must Act’ Pushes Equality and Togetherness.”
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