Today on NBC’s Meet the Press, host Tim Russert pointed to a new CNBC poll showing that 83 percent of the American public rates the U.S. economy as only fair/poor. Right-wing strategist Mary Matalin tried to brush off that number, stating that most Americans are nevertheless happy about their personal finances.
When liberal strategist Bob Shrum pointed out that her statement is false, Matalin switched to the well-worn tactic of blaming the media for the problem...SHRUM: I think most people are getting very insecure about their personal finances.
MATALIN: That’s because they’re berated with these numbers.
On Feb. 11, former White House adviser Karl Rove claimed that the “media has been beating the drum for years and years and years that the economy stinks. And after a while, that begins to color people’s attitudes.”
[So too] Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) also recently tried to blame it all on the American people by saying that it’s just “psychological.”
Good luck with that, guys.
It will be interesting to observe the "psychology" on exhibit among incumbent elitists and their Paris Hilton progeny as progressive taxes require they pay a fair share for the first time in their lives for the maintenance of the social institutions and infrastructure on which they have depended more than anyone else for their many privileges.