The establishment media have saved Democrats from embarrassment by refusing to cover their struggling attempts to explain away the positive economic effects the Republican tax bill delivered for the working class.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other leading Democrats predicted the tax bill would be a disaster for the working class — “Armageddon” is how Pelosi described it — only to see more than three million American workers receive bonuses and pay raises as a result of the GOP tax cuts. Additionally, 90 percent of workers are expected to see an increase in take-home pay in 2018. (RELATED: Senior Hillary Adviser Tells Students He’s Nervous They Will Like The Tax Cuts And Vote Republican)
Pelosi, one of the wealthiest members of Congress, has consistently dismissed the bonuses that workers are receiving as “pathetic” and “crumbs.”
Democratic Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), similarly struggled to explain the bonuses when confronted about them at a town hall. Wasserman first claimed that she hadn’t “heard of any bonuses over $1,000,” even though tens of thousands of workers have received bigger bonuses than that. (Apple, for example, gave employees $2,500 bonuses.) After establishing that misleading premise, Wasserman Schultz then claimed that $1,000 doesn’t go “very far for anyone.”
Republican have pointed to Pelosi and Wasserman Schultz’s comments as proof that the Democrats are out of touch with working class voters. Republican senators even released an ad mocking Pelosi for the “crumbs” comment.
But the establishment media have ignored the entire Democratic debacle. As of this article, the New York Times, the Washington Post and CNN have combined for zero articles about Pelosi’s “crumbs” comments, even as she has doubled– and tripled-down on them.
If Speaker of the House Paul Ryan had dismissed working class benefits from a Democratic bill as “crumbs,” Washington Free Beacon editor David Rutz argued Friday, “the press and chattering class would have a field day.” Rutz noted that CNN and MSNBC’s on-air coverage have similarly buried Pelosi’s comments from public view. (RELATED: Media Bias Against GOP Tax Bill Misleads The Public [VIDEO])
It’s worth noting: at the same time that they were ignoring Pelosi’s “crumbs” comment, some prominent members of the establishment media were instead advancing conspiracy theories about President Trump’s mental health.