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Post Lobbies for Defense Department in News Section

Friday, 22 February 2013 06:34

In an article on the impact of the sequester on the Defense Department the Post told readers:

"The $46 billion dent to the Pentagon’s fiscal 2013 budget, long considered by the brass as nothing more than a political pawn, has taken on an air of inevitability, forcing commanders across the military to plan for painful reductions and argue that American lives and livelihoods are hanging in the balance" [emphasis added].

A real newspaper would of course reserve the adjective "painful" for the opinion pages. Any budget cut will lead to job loss and displacement. However the Post is not in the habit of applying the term "painful" when budget cuts take place outside of the military.

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Drops in the Bucket are Painful for DOD but Not SS
written by Last Mover, February 22, 2013 6:43
Given the life cycle cost of the newest R-35 fighter plane at $1.5T for example, a $46B cut sounds like a drop in the bucket. If WaPo treated DOD spending like it treats SS spending projected over the long term with the usual fearmongering, it would be a drop in the bucket, not painful at all.
It really is pitiful
written by Ben Cisco, February 22, 2013 11:54
Cut everyone off at the knees, but head for the fainting couches at the thought of cutting one dime from the bloated, oveerrun-ridden defense budget.

As if being able to destroy the planet 126 times instead of 127 is SUCH a haaardship.
written by watermelonpunch, February 22, 2013 9:28
Any budget cut will lead to job loss and displacement. However the Post is not in the habit of applying the term "painful" when budget cuts take place outside of the military.

Yeah, nobody bothers to mention how painful any number of policies are. Not even when the pain caused is literal pain.
NYT clutches pearls, faints, reporting on Obama's OFA pac
written by JaaaaayCeeeee, February 23, 2013 2:58

The same day they call "The Can Kicks Back" a youth-led campaign (it's astroturfed rebelling against selfish boomers and greedy seniors for hedge funders and Wall Street since 1992), they report that Obama's fundraising for OFA has Bob Edgar of Common Cause saying it smells, and Robert K. Kelner condemning it as a loophole in the "...otherwise incredibly complex web of government ethics regulations that are intended to insulate government officials from outside influence.” I already thought it was bad when the Economist called a Pete Peterson group an independent watchdog, but the NYTimes goes all out with their reporting on OFA. "...the president and his aides have plunged into a campaign finance limbo with few clear rules, ample potential for influence-peddling, and no real precedent in national politics".

Oh the hypocrisy, especially if the Roberts court kills the last legal limits on donors with McCutcheon!
written by Chris Engel, February 23, 2013 11:38
The Post is lucky to have you.

It's like they get a free journalism consultant to tell them where they screw up on the news pages.
Guns v. Butter
written by deanx, February 24, 2013 4:38
We've had 12 years of an 'All Guns' policy.

Yes, it's going to sting as we pull back. And Yes, the DoD thought their congressional benefactors cared enough about them to save them, but they didn't. And Yes, anyone with any political foresight would have started planning a while back. It appears DoD contractors saw it coming.

I remind everyone the House Vote on sequestration was 216 to 0, Republican's vs. Democrat's. It's not how I would want to spend a peace dividend, but economically healthier new deal programs (butter) were preserved. It's not a bad deal and it's the only one we are going to get.
Gravy Train
written by FoonTheElder, February 25, 2013 12:52
But the money for the military goes to big corporations that advertise and hobnob with the big shots at the Post. They can't be upsetting their own gravy train and be something more than a shill for money.

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