Savannah Guthrie

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  • Media, Experts, And Civil Rights Groups Condemn Ted Cruz's "Blatantly Unconstitutional" Anti-Muslim Proposal

    Cruz's Call To "Patrol And Secure Muslims Neighborhoods" Met With Widespread Criticism

    ››› ››› NICK FERNANDEZ

    Media, experts, and civil rights groups are all criticizing Ted Cruz's call to "patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods" in the wake of terror attacks in Brussels, Belgium, seemingly inspired by ISIS. The plan has been called "counterproductive and unconstitutional" and "the exact opposite of what we need to do."

  • Media Keeps Up False Equivalency Reporting On Government Shutdown

    ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

    Media outlets continue their campaign of false equivalency to misleadingly assign President Obama an equal share of the blame for not negotiating with Republicans to repeal, defund, or delay the Affordable Care Act to end the government shutdown. But polls show the American people overwhelmingly disapprove of GOP actions that led to the shutdown.

  • Uh, they are "the Bush tax cuts for wealthier Americans"

    Blog ››› ››› FAE JENCKS

    This morning's edition of NBC's Today show featured a segment on the midterm elections which highlighted the Democratic Party's 2010 election "campaign playbook" of "blaming Bush." During the segment, correspondent Savannah Guthrie claimed that "Democrats are banking that President Bush is even more unpopular than they are, even framing the latest battle in Congress as a fight over extending the Bush tax cuts for wealthier Americans."

    However, this argument is hardly a frame at all. Congress is debating whether or not to extend tax cuts passed under President Bush that fall on those earning more than $200,000. Hence, they are, indeed, fighting over "extending the Bush tax cuts for wealthier Americans."

    It's shocking that we have to explain this, but here goes. Congress is currently debating the extension of tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003 which are due to expire on January 1, 2011. The cuts were based on proposals President Bush campaigned on, spearheaded by his administration, and signed by Bush. Additionally, a report by CNN's Dana Bash even called the original 2001 legislation Bush's "centerpiece tax-cut proposal." There is little doubt that these tax cuts are affiliated with the former President.

    Referring to these tax cuts as the "Bush tax cuts" is hardly a tool of the Democratic Party, with Republicans using the same phrase to describe them. While defending the cuts a few weeks ago, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell referred to them as "the Bush tax cuts." John McCain and Mitt Romney used the same words to describe the cuts in a January 2008 debate for the Republican presidential nomination. This isn't some sort of political trick; the tax cuts are commonly referred to by all parties as the "Bush tax cuts."

    And yes, the discussion in Congress is generally over the portion of those Bush tax cuts that fall on "wealthier Americans." While it is true that all provisions of the Bush tax cuts are set to expire by the end of the year, the debate in Congress is essentially over the tax cuts for Americans making over $200,000. Reuters reported that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi intends to "push for a House vote before the November 2 election on whether to extend tax cuts for the middle class while letting those for wealthier citizens expire." Likewise, President Obama's proposed FY 2011 budget calls for only allowing the "tax cuts that affect families earning more than $250,000 a year to expire."

    Guthrie's suggestion that Democrats are somehow distorting the fact that Congress is debating the extension of certain provisions of the Bush tax cuts is simply bizarre.

  • MSNBC's Guthrie advances falsehoods to claim Kagan is inexperienced

    ››› ››› BROOKE OBIE

    On MSNBC, Savannah Guthrie falsely claimed that Elena Kagan "has never been in private practice ... never tried a case, never litigated a case in court." In fact, Kagan has worked in private practice, has argued before the Supreme Court, and has legal experience comparable to that of conservative justices.

  • MSNBC journos oblivious to their role in political debates

    Blog ››› ››› JAMISON FOSER

    MSNBC's Nancy Snyderman and Savannah Guthrie just discussed health care polling:

    Snyderman: I must say I have looked at these numbers since last night and into this morning. I think they are all over the place. Which, to me underscores the confusion about what's what.

    Gutherie: Yeah, you know, I had the exact same reaction. Kind of, "What?!?" You really see Americans all over the map. On the one hand, support for the public option growing. On the other hand, when you ask if they like the president's plan, which he has said he supports a public option, the majority don't like it.

    So what you really take away from all of these conflicting and self-contradictory numbers is, there's a failure of message here. Either Americans don't understand what it is, whether or not to oppose it or favor it, because you see them thinking that it's going to make costs go up, but then some people think it should pass. It's really hard to look at these numbers and come up with a consistent philosophy as to how Americans feel about health care reform. And if that is the case so far into this debate, one really wonders where the messaging is, and where the failure is.

    Where to start?

    Is Savannah Guthrie really surprised that American public opinion is not monolithic?

    Are MSNBC reporters really just realizing that polling on health care reform yields contradictory results?

    Guthrie thinks disjointed poll results "so far into this debate" shows a "failure of message" on the part of reform advocates. Does she really not understand that a "debate" involves two sides, and that the two sides have been saying contradictory things, and that if the public has trouble sorting out what's true, that means the media has done a lousy job of making clear which claims are true and which are false?

    Guthrie never so much as hints at the possibility that maybe the media haven't done a good job of explaining health care reform. The lack of self-awareness is stunning.