Friday, July 23, 2010

Where's the context Mr. Knoller?

Thanks to Twitter, I've become quite fond of Mark Knoller. He's such a big old cuddly bear of a guy and so endearingly geeky with his obsession for statistics. Which makes this hissy post so disappointing. He does steno for the GOPers, excusing their lame excuse that they wouldn't vote for a UI extension because it wasn't paid for and then suggests that Obama is the hypocrite:
But Republicans were quick to remind Mr. Obama what he said after signing a previous extension of unemployment benefits on November 6th of last year.

"Now, it's important to note that the bill I signed will not add to our deficit. It is fully paid for, and so it is fiscally responsible," he said.

So eight months ago, he said paying for the benefits was the right thing to do, but now he sees no need to do so.
Well Mark, where's the context on how many times GOPers passed unpaid for emergency spending, including unemployment extensions under their own watch? Strange that a numbers guy would fail to mention that.

It so happens I watched the briefing where he asked that question. Gibbs was abrupt with him and shut him right down, but Mark wasn't exactly respectful when he asked the question either. In fact, he was pretty damn confrontational. Very disappointed Mark would let his personal gripes result in such a obviously partisan post.

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