Outrage at Republican Town Halls: Where’s the Media Now?

Ryan's not so excellent town hall adventure

Paul Ryan‘s (fake) budget plan is receiving a great deal of criticism and not just from liberal Democrats. Ryan himself was booed at his own town hall by his own constituents. Nobody is buying dismantling Medicare to give tax cuts to the rich. And it’s showing in Republican town halls other than Ryan’s. As usual, Rachel Maddow‘s crack research staff turns up video from town hall meetings of Republican representatives Meehan, Duffy, Barletta, Dold, and Bass where citizens aren’t asking softball questions after the representatives fluffy presentation. They head straight to the Ryan plan and they want to know why it doesn’t make any sense.

The Rachel Maddow Show.

So where is the media? They were all hot and heavy on this back in 2009 in the midst of President Obama’s push to reform health care. They would interrupt regularly scheduled programming to show these outbursts. So now that there’s a real grassroots backlash and not the manufactured, corporate sponsored, free-bus-ride-to kind of protest, the media seems curiously absent. Wonder why?

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7 Responses to Outrage at Republican Town Halls: Where’s the Media Now?

  1. rgbact says:

    Wow…Rick Santorum doubles down on the Ryan plan. Not sure if it’ll get any media attention, but I’m impressed.


    I agree that the media should cover the town halls. I think it was really FOX that started it, and everyone else jumped in. I suspect MSNBC is all over it–so don’t worry

  2. Mainer says:

    There will be little or no coverage of it from any but maybe Madow and a couple of the others if they are allowed to for very long because as we all know it is a liberal controlled media unfair to all things Conservative. And pigs shoud sprout wings and fly any moment.

  3. mclever says:

    What Mainer said…

  4. Max aka Birdpilot says:

    Don’t that Palin lady call ’em the “lame stream media” or sumpin’ like that?

  5. dcpetterson says:

    Yeah. Damn librul media covered the town hall rioters in ’09 because that made the Tea Party look like a bunch of violent flakes. Now, they’re not covering the people asking Ryan and others about plans to dismantle Medicare, because that would make the Republican protesters in the audience look intelligent and thoughtful. Can’t have that.

  6. Mainer says:

    Oh and rgb you are of course right that the media should cover such meetings which ever way they flow. I don’t like and I suspect neither one of us much like media moguls deciding what we should know. If either side is taking heat I want to know and I want to know why. Hard to make an informed opinion when certain folks are playing games with the news. Now isn’t that a hoot? You and I on very different ends of the political spectrum and neither one of us wants censored news. Just maybe we are both real Americans with different views.

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