April 30, 2010

Pat Buchanan with some help from Andrea Mitchell repeats the Republican talking point of the day on the British Petroleum oil spill, "Will this be Obama's Katrina?" Andrea Mitchell, the AP and ABC's The Note are apparently reading from the same script this morning.

AP: BP misled government about oil spill, now it's Obama's "crisis":

The latest, as the news media continues its clumsy, GOP-friendly attempt to politicize the Louisiana oil spill. And worse, to politicize it in only one direction.

...According to the AP, "people" are wondering if the oil spill will be Obama's Katrina. But after reading the article, in which nobody mentions Katrina, it's clear that by "people," the AP means the AP.

For ABC's The Note, oil spill = political problem for WH, but not for "Drill, baby drill" GOP:

If you ever want to see a clear example of how GOP talking points miraculously transform into mainstream media 'news,' check out today's inside Beltway crib sheet, The Note, which goes on and on and about how the week-old oil spill off the coast of Louisiana is (or, might) be morphing into a political problem for the White House. (It's just like Katrina!)

But guess who the spill is not a problem for, according to The Note's coverage? Answer: Republicans. (Or the oil industry.) At ABC News, the political party that's synonymous with a pro-drilling agenda has nothing to fear from the massive oil spill. And guess what? The GOP's pro-oil VP candidate who made "Drill, baby drill" a household phrase, also has nothing to fear from the massive oil spill. (Her name never comes up.)

Add the panel on Morning Joe and Mitchell and Buchanan here to the list. Buchanan can't even manage to keep a straight face when Bob Shrum calls him out for his hackery.

Here's the talking point that should be sticking. Via Bob Cesca:

Bill Maher via Twitter:

"Every asshole who ever chanted 'Drill Baby Drill' should have to report to the Gulf Coast today for cleanup duty."

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