The HoustonChronicle.com premium website is featuring a story today with an opening paragraph that is the perfect lede for the reopening of BlogHouston.net (now .com). For those who don’t know, BlogHouston.net was an offshoot of the original “opposition” news in Houston, ChronicallyBiased.com. The proprietor of BH, Kevin Whited, took an extended break and recently announced a reopening. Here is the opening paragraph by Houston Chronicle writer (I just can’t make myself call him a journalist) Stewart M. Powell:
Veteran Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said a possible endgame for the nine-day shutdown of federal operations would involve negotiations over long-term spending without the Draconian defunding of the Affordable Care Act sought by fellow Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
If that isn’t ChronicallyBiased, then you can kiss my…well, something.
Draconian defunding? Really?
How about the Draconian implementation of a mish mash hodgepodge of laws designed to force citizens to purchase an item they don’t want? Where is that in your story Mr. Powell?
The article itself gets worse for our esteemed Sen. John Cornyn. Check this out:
Without naming Cruz, Cornyn faulted critics of Obamacare for sticking to their initial strategy of linking the perennial partisan debate over federal spending with elimination of funding to implement the Affordable Care Act, the official name for the health care law.
The law was enacted in 2010 and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012.
Since the shutdown, House Republicans have sent the Democratic-led Senate four successive measures designed to repeal, delay or modify the most sweeping health insurance overhaul since Medicare in the 1960s. But none has passed the Senate.
“I think we’ve now discovered that this has morphed into the debt ceiling debate,” Cornyn said. “The debt ceiling is where the big money is and where I think the fight has to be – where we have to draw the line in the sand.”
Cornyn said $1.1 trillion in federal borrowing over the next year would be at stake in prospective negotiations over the debt ceiling.
Is Sen. Cornyn kidding me? The debt ceiling is where the “big money” is? Increasing the debt ceiling to pay bills already approved is worse than the freaking train wreck called the unAffordable Care Act? Theater of the absurd. The CBO says that the uACA will cost the taxpayers an additional $2.6 trillion in NEW spending, not including the cost of paying higher premiums for poorer care.
How do you even respond to something like that?
Well, I’m sure the guys over at BlogHouston.com will figure out a way to. Check out their reopening and welcome them back to the fray. We need all the help we can get.
Dale Huls says
Now I really am confused! Does Big Jolly support Cornyn and criticizes Cruz (most recent articles) or does he criticizes Cornyn and supports Cruz? Why are you bashing a blogger who appears to be supporting Cornyn and his appeasement policies. Please help me out.
Sally Belladonna Baggins Stricklett says
I heard Cornyn on the radio, and I'm almost positive that quote is spot on. He said it was the debt ceiling and that was where the big money is. I think it was the Matt Patrick interview.
David Jennings says
It's really pretty easy Dale Huls.
Yes. Yes. Powell is not a blogger, he is a paid professional journalist. He put out a biased report, I commented on it.
See, I don't go through life with a script or teleprompter. I look around and say, hmm, I like that or I don't like that. I don't have to support Ted Cruz when he is wrong. Likewise, I'm free to support John Cornyn when he is right. You should try it sometime – it really is liberating. Just say no to blindly following whatever Freedomworks, or Heritage Foundation, or Rush Limbaugh says.
I hope that helped you out.
Dale Huls says
Not really. Guess I missed the professional rivalry thing.
kevin whited says
* How do you even respond to something like that? *
Ha, well, I think you just gave it a pretty good go. 🙂
Thanks for the shout out!
David Jennings says
Dale Huls I find this interesting. Tea Parties around the country complain about bias in the mainstream media. I point out an example of that bias and you attack me. I have no idea what you mean by "professional rivalry thing" because I'm not a professional journalist and do not make a plug nickel from doing this.
And then the other day you when on a rant about how I attacked the Clear Lake Tea Party when the simple truth is I didn't mention the CLTP at all.
Is there something else going on here?