Media Matters


Daily Kos and I aren’t very tight.  I have no problem with them, but it’s not on my daily radar.  Every once in while, though, there’s a nugget of awesome, like this one showing how much worse (yes, worse) unemployment and presidential approval numbers were under Reagan at the beginning of his first term.  Surprisingly on point for the challenges faced by Reagen and Obama.  If Reagan had tried to do what he did today, he would have been pronounced a failure on arrival (FOA) in exactly the same way Fox has declared Obama to be a failure before he was even through 6 months in office.

Their conclusion:

It must have been quite a luxury for Reagan’s administration to not have a breathless, narrative-driven, fact-allergic, obituary-addicted, lunatic 24-hour cable news cycle during their first term.

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