You Make a Difference! Our mission and operations are funded entirely by Patriots like you! Please support the 2023 Year-End Campaign now.

September 27, 2023

Network ‘News’ Punishes the Republicans in Any ‘Shutdown Showdown’

The “news” people seem organized to weaken the GOP negotiating position, if not obliterate it.

The nightly “news” cannot be expected to offer you an “explainer” on anything happening in Washington. Their ratings gurus would tell them that trying to educate the audience on how Congress works, for example, would result in eye rolls and channel flips to “Wheel of Fortune.”

What they call “news” is more accurately described as a negative political advertisement. Take the latest impending government shutdown. No network — even the “public” one — is going to explain the appropriations process, and how in “regular order,” a series of spending bills funds the government over the fiscal year (which begins in October), and how a “continuing resolution” just lards the whole budget into a huge bill no member of Congress reads.

Instead, we are provided with speculative sob stories about victimized bureaucrats. Let’s look at “NBC Nightly News” on Sept. 25. Here’s how anchorman Lester Holt described the narrative off the top: “The deadline now just days away to avoid a government shutdown. What Kevin McCarthy said today as GOP hard-liners hold up a deal — and what it means for the government services millions depend on.”

So the problem here is “GOP hard-liners” are threatening to hurt “millions” dependent on government spending. Isn’t that a helpful storyline for Democrats? Are there ever Democrat “hard-liners”? Don’t be silly.

Minutes later, Holt warned, “With little progress to report, Garrett Haake looks at the tough consequences some Americans will face if a shutdown happens.”

It quickly turned a little preposterous, as Haake traveled straight to the Capital Area Food Bank, 5 miles north of Capitol Hill. Their CEO Radha Muthiah intoned, “We know that when budgets are stretched, food is the first thing to go.”

NBC told people living in mobile homes in Kentucky or Idaho that six-figure bureaucrats in million-dollar houses are in danger of running out of food within days.

Then Haake really laid it on thick: “The Capital Area Food Bank is now planning for a possible surge of 100,000 people in the D.C. region needing food assistance soon if the government shuts down this weekend.” Within days, a massive “surge” of hungry federal employees?

If that sounds overwrought, Muthiah helpfully underlined the cleaning and restaurant businesses: “Think about the cleaning crews, the food service. You know, those who have food trucks outside of government buildings and offices.”

Then Haake turned to “Wisconsin Social Security claims specialist and single mom” Jessica LaPointe, who lamented, “I have an 11-year-old son who has been asking to go to Disney World for most of his life. We’re looking at having to postpone that trip in order to just stay afloat during this unknown period.”

Then, as usual, Haake listed what would be delayed — food safety inspections, passport applications. “The White House claims 10,000 kids would immediately lose access to Head Start, and funding for WIC, a nutrition program that helps low-income women and young children, would dry up within days,” he continued.

So, is this a “news” story, or does it sound like a White House pressure campaign meant to paint McCarthy’s Republicans as an uncaring pack of lowlifes? Haake made sure to plunge in this knife: “Members of Congress — who will continue to be paid — have until midnight Saturday to strike a deal.”

Holt then asked what McCarthy’s going to do. Haake said he’s “warning his hard-liners that a shutdown now would only weaken their negotiating position.”

It should be obvious to politically savvy citizens that the “news” people seem organized to weaken the GOP negotiating position, if not obliterate it. NBC’s message to McCarthy’s “hard-liners”? Resistance is futile.


Start a conversation using these share links:

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!

The Patriot Post and Patriot Foundation Trust, in keeping with our Military Mission of Service to our uniformed service members and veterans, are proud to support and promote the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, both the Honoring the Sacrifice and Warrior Freedom Service Dogs aiding wounded veterans, the National Veterans Entrepreneurship Program, the Folds of Honor outreach, and Officer Christian Fellowship, the Air University Foundation, and Naval War College Foundation, and the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. "Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one's life for his friends." (John 15:13)


“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

Please join us in prayer for our nation — that righteous leaders would rise and prevail and we would be united as Americans. Pray also for the protection of our Military Patriots, Veterans, First Responders, and their families. Please lift up your Patriot team and our mission to support and defend our Republic's Founding Principle of Liberty, that the fires of freedom would be ignited in the hearts and minds of our countrymen.

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2023 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.