This week's Mainstream Media Scream features Ed Schultz, the host of MSNBC’s "The Ed Show," asking why it is that Americans aren’t in love with President Obama.
On his show Friday, he said:
I want to start with a number and a poll tonight, and I want to talk about the economy, because...
I just cannot believe this number. Seriously. President Obama's handling of the economy. Only 45 percent of the American people think he's doing a good job on the economy and 52 percent disapprove? You mean to tell me we've had 41 months of private-sector job growth? We've got a stock market that is absolutely going through the roof? We've got record profits? People's 401(k)'s are in the market and that's the best people think? You know what that is? That is a lot of negative campaigning in the media. That is the Republican, conservative effect on how we think as a country.
Here's the man, the Republicans always love to quote. [Picture of Ronald Reagan appears onscreen.] Here is the man they genuflect to. Here is the man they point to for direction, Mr. Trickle-Down Economics, Ronald Reagan. Brought the philosophy, 'If the wealthy people don't pay much in taxes, our job market is going to go nuts.' It was Ronald Reagan who said 'We've got to deregulate Wall Street.' It was Ronald Reagan back in the '60s who campaigned hard against Medicare, and how many lives has Medicare saved and the quality of life for people in their later years has been just enhanced dramatically? Reagan was against all of that.
And we have put up with a set of basics dealing with Reagan -- Reagan's economic philosophy for the past 35 years. So where are we right now? It amazes me that people don't love Obama. It amazes me that the conservatives who are seeing the stock market go through the roof in dealing with a president who has pretty much been hands-off on Wall Street, it just amazes me he can't get above 50 percent when it comes to a favorable view of the economy. Well, you see, Reaganomics has hammered the working folk of America.
Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: “Ed Schultz must be making Chris Matthews proud, using Matthews’ old time slot to genuflect to Barack Obama. Most recognize the economy is barely limping along, with the lowest job participation level in decades. But like Matthews, Schultz lives in MSNBC’s alternate universe where everyone has drunk the Obama-loving Kool-Aid.”
Rating: Four out of five screams.Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.