CNN’s “Shutdown” Propaganda
The intellectual dishonesty associated with the mainstream media’s coverage of the so-called government “shutdown” is truly staggering.
First, the MSM continues to portray the “shutdown” as some sort of apocalyptic event … even though the vast majority of the federal government has kept on truckin. The MSM also refuses to discuss the massive dollar amounts taxpayers are about to get stuck with … choosing instead to focus on the meaningless rhetoric associated with the partisan wrangling.
One of the most intellectually dishonest pieces we’ve seen, though, comes courtesy of left-leaning CNN – which this week blared the headline “Small Businesses Reel From Shutdown.”
Eager to see how a 17 percent reduction in government was causing small businesses to “reel,” we clicked on the link.
Not surprisingly, it was a recapitulation of businesses which rely exclusively on government – often non-core government – to survive. In fact most of the “small businesses” featured in the story had a direct link to the bloated, inefficient American military industrial complex.
For example the story focused on a gentleman by the name of Ron Putnam, who operates two smoothie carts.
Wait what? Smoothie carts???
That’s right. According to the CNN story, Putnam is upset that the federal government cancelled the Miramar Air Show because he was planning to sell his “Maui Wowie” smoothies there.
“Putnam had already spent thousands of dollars on hundreds of pounds of bananas, gallons of cold-brewed coffee and large supplies of milk to prepare the smoothies and drinks he planned to sell through his two Maui Wowi carts at the show,” the website reported, noting that Putnam is now out of 25 percent of his annual revenue.
Pardon our French but “boo f*cking hoo,” dude.
Given the unmitigated debacle that is the federal government’s multi-billion dollar joint fighter program, taxpayer subsidization of an air show is beyond ridiculous. Seriously … this is a perfect example of misappropriated resources, and while we feel sorry for Putnam (and others who are losing money due to the small slice of government that was actually shutdown), that doesn’t mean we should subsidize unnecessary government expenses to keep them in business.
Because doing so hurts real small businesses …