February 15, 2013 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Jobs, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, MSNBC, Nanny State, President, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment
-By Warner Todd Huston
President Obama’s State of the Union speech was yet another opportunity to demand a new laundry list of big government programs and massive spending, but MSNBC’s Chris Matthews seemed to have some trouble seeing anything “liberal” in it.
As he analyzed the speech during his February 13 broadcast, Matthews told Chuck Todd that he truly couldn’t see any leftiness. “There’s nothing lefty in here. What’s the left-wing part? Objectively, was there a left wing piece to this speech last night? I mean, truly left? I didn’t see it,” he said.
Still, even in his denial a bit of truth broke through Matthews’ partisanship. “I mean, basically, he was moving the ball maybe one foot to the left of the midfield,” Matthews admitted.
In his speech, the President proposed hiking the minimum wage, a long-time liberal goal, called for even more spending on education and infrastructure, a sop to unions, tax hikes, gun control, “green energy” programs galore. What wasn’t liberal in the President’s speech?
A transcript of the segment can be seen at Newsbusters.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.
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