New York Times Still Calling Reid’s Bill Failure “Republican Filibuster”

This afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s debt bill, S.627, failed to get to a vote for passage. The vote to end debate, otherwise known as a cloture vote, failed 50-49 as 60 votes are required to end debate.

Although Harry Reid has refused two offers by Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell to vote here and now on passage which would only require a 50 vote margin, the New York Times is putting the blame for Sen. Reid’s delay tactics on Senate Republicans.

Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, had convened the Senate at noon, then moved to a procedural vote on his own proposal for raising the debt ceiling. Senate Republicans had been filibustering that plan, which House Republicans rejected on Saturday, and the vote on breaking the filibuster fell 10 votes short of the 60 votes needed under Senate rules.

from: roll call vote to end cloture on S.627

What the Times didn’t report was that one of the people “filibustering” Reid’s bill is .. Harry Reid himself. The Senate’s own roll call reflects the reality of the situation – Harry Reid voted “nay” on the vote to end the filibuster (the cloture vote image right).

If this is a filibuster, Harry Reid is leading the way.


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  1. After passing a link to my mailing group on another very similar topic here and on this same “debt issue” subject, in response to my conclusion that we, as Americans, were getting screwed here he replied simply…”without grease.” This was my response and touches on something that the owner and editors of the NYT, and ALL OF US, would do well to realize. A brief dissertation upon THE TRUTH, something being well-trampled underfoot by our elected representatives YET AGAIN!

    “[Unfortunately Joe we ARE being greased. By the collective media that has abrogated it’s responsibility to be a non-partisan disseminator of THE TRUTH and allowing the chips of truth to fall where they may. In the last half-century the disposition of The Fourth Estate, journalism, has been to move opinion ever further to the left in this country with a partisan agenda. The vaunted Old Gray Lady, The New York TImes has a motto that states…”All the News That’s Fit to Print.” Somewhere along the way their mission became…, to advocate for all the politically slanted news that is UNFIT to print.

    In the classic founding battle over Freedom of the Press in this country the case of John Peter Zenger established a journalism precept. Now it would surprise me if the progressive teaching establishment had not expunged that lesson from history currently being taught. Zenger, a German immigrant, writing in his little Weekly Journal enraged the British Crown in the person of King George by his upstart criticisms from across the “puddle”. In England it was a standard in law that the greater the truth, the greater the libel. British law maintained that truth was no defense in a libel case.
    To the contrary the precept established by those riff-raff “in the colonies” in the Zenger trial was that…There is NO Defense Against The Truth. That after the dust had settled the standard to be affirmed was the truth above all other considerations. So that the truth was a valid defense against the charge of libel or defamation. That standard in AMERICAN Law went to show how codified Law in this constitutional republic goes to moderating those rights granted us by the Constitution and Bill of Rights; thereby, effecting the “supreme Law of the Land.”. The TRUTH modified that right we know as the First Amendment by holding the responsibility for free speech to a higher standard than merely freely stated opinion. That standard was set for journalism to hold high as a shining light for all to see for the freedom granted them and be thus reminded that in THIS SOCIETY the recognition and acknowledgement of personal responsibility matters and the “free press” has failed miserably at that simple commitment.

    How far we, as a once great Nation, have fallen! Just thinking out loud….again.]”

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