February 2013

Thursday, 28 February 2013

The problem with Alan Simpson

Ezra Klein: "For reasons I’ve never quite understood, the rules of reportorial neutrality don’t apply when it comes to the deficit. On this one issue, reporters are permitted to openly cheer a particular set of highly controversial policy solutions. At Tuesday’s Playbook breakfast, for instance, Mike Allen, as a straightforward and fair a reporter as you’ll find, asked Simpson and Bowles whether they believed Obama would do 'the right thing' on entitlements — with 'the right thing' clearly meaning 'cut entitlements.'"

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