This week's Mainstream Media Scream features CBS Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer blaming House Speaker John Boehner for failing to enact President Obama's agenda and taking down the popularity of the House.
Schieffer: "Any way you cut it, and whoever's fault it is, you have presided over what it perhaps the least productive and certainly one of the least popular Congresses in history. How do you feel about that?"
Boehner: "Well, Bob, we should not be judged on how many new laws we create. We ought to be judged on how many laws that we repeal. We've got more laws than the administration could ever enforce. And so we don't do commemorative bills on the floor. We don't do all that nonsense. We deal with what the American people want us to deal with. Unpopular? Yes. Why? We're in a divided government. We're fighting for what we believe in. Sometimes, you know, the American people don't like this mess."
Schieffer: "But it's not the case, Mr. Speaker, of just passing or not passing new laws. You've got the government in gridlock. You're laying off people in the Defense Department. They're working four days a week. You've got the sequester that is the creation of Congress. This is not something that was foisted upon Washington by somebody from Mars."
Boehner: "Who insisted upon the sequester? The President of the United States."
Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Schieffer perfectly reflects the conventional wisdom of the liberal Washington press corps: Measure success by how many new laws are implemented and blame conservatives in the House for 'gridlock,' absolving President Obama of any responsibility."
Rating: Three out of five screams.
Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.