The government shutdown is over, at least until February 8 – and by most accounts, the public is pinning it on the Democrats. But that's not what people are hearing from the mainstream media (MSM).
News reports prior to and during the three-day shutdown were awash with quotes from Republicans blaming Democrats, Democrats blaming Republicans, President Trump blaming Senator Chuck Schumer, Schumer blaming Trump – etcetera, etcetera. Not wanting to be left out, left-leaning MSM hosts and correspondents took their own shots at Republicans and Trump. For example, at CBS:
CBS: "During the 2013 government shutdown, citizen Trump accused President Obama of failing to lead. Why isn't he following his own advice?"
Then Democrats caved, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer threw in the towel:
Schumer: "After several discussions, offers, counter-offers, the Republican leader and I have come to an arrangement. We will vote today to reopen the government to continue negotiating a global agreement."
Public concessions by Democrats forced some in the media to report the obvious – but not all, according to Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center.
"While there was a little bit more honesty about this shutdown than some in the past – like the New York Times tweeting about how this was a Democrat shutdown – it still was a majority [in the media] leaning the other direction," he points out. (See related article)
Even the modest allowances by the mainstream media broke with tradition, where no matter who actually caused a shutdown it was Republicans who took the blame.
"Why?" Gainor asks – then answers: "Because the default media position is that because Republicans are anti-big government, you must be the ones who want to shut it down."
But this time, says Gainor, Democrats ran into a president who was willing to push back. "The fact that it ended so fast too does not help the Democrats any because I think their own voters are going to be unhappy about it," he suggests.
MRC also points out that while busy blaming the GOP for the shutdown, network reporters managed to avoid pointing out that, in 2013, Schumer promised he'd never shut down the government over the issue of immigration policy. Also seemingly lost in the MSM news coverage was the fact that three of the most significant government shutdowns in America's history occurred under Democratic presidents: twice under Bill Clinton (a total of 26 days) and once under Barack Obama (16 days).