Who needs Fox when you've got CNN doing their bidding instead? Dana Bash gave the right-wingers all the excuse they needed to take Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid out of context when she asked him why he wasn't willing to give into the Republicans' demand to cherry-pick which parts of the government they want to fund instead of passing a clean CR.
The federal government has been closed for two days and the political dialogue has disintegrated into name calling and heated rhetoric, with Republicans holding press conferences announcing their intentions to fund the World War II memorial and claiming that President Obama’s refusal to accept the GOP’s position is opening the door to a terrorist attack.
On Wednesday, the debate reached new a new low, as conservatives seized on comments by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to argue that he does not care about children with cancer.
Republicans have offered legislation to fund the Veterans Affairs Department, the city of D.C., national parks and museums, and the National Institutes of Health while the full federal government remains shutdown. During a press conference, CNN’s Dana Bash asked Reid, “if you can help one child who has cancer why wouldn’t you do it?” Reid responded by arguing that lawmakers shouldn’t “pick and choose” which parts of the government to fund and urged House Republicans to allow a vote on a “clean” 6-week continuing resolution:
CNN’s DANA BASH: But if you can help one child who has cancer why wouldn’t you do it?
SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): Why put one against the other?
REID: Why would we want to do that? I have 1,100 people at Nellis Air Force base that are sitting home. They have a few problems of their own. This is — to have someone of your intelligence to suggest such a thing maybe means you’re irresponsible and reckless.
Media Matters has more with some additional samples of the lying right-wing hacks who are sending out Tweets on this as well here: Conservatives Made It Up: Harry Reid Didn't Dismiss Funding Treatment For Children With Cancer.