In response to a compromise on tax policy, conservative media are again comparing the United States to Greece. According to right-wing logic, the deal brings America even closer to the violence and discord in Greece, Italy, Ireland, France, and just about every European country whose citizens have protested austerity measures.
Of course, conservative media figures have spent at least three years ringing this same alarm. Economic experts have spent just as much time dismissing this panicked comparison, but to little avail. This Media Matters video, drawing on three years of television coverage of deficits and spending, shows the prevalence and longevity of the Greece talking point:
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- Bill O'Reilly, Joe Scarborough, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Steve Doocy, Neil Cavuto, John Stossel, Martha MacCallum, Stuart Varney, Greg Gutfeld, Melissa Francis, Jim Lacamp, Gretchen Hamel
- The O'Reilly Factor, Scarborough Country, FOX & Friends, Your World w/ Neil Cavuto, America's Newsroom, Hannity, America Live, Cato Institute, The Five