Tip for the MSM: ‘When Dems vote for it too, it’s not a Republican filibuster’


This morning, the Senate voted 68 to 31 to avert the filibuster of a gun control bill – even though senators have yet to see the Toomey-Manchin language regarding background checks. Here’s how a gleeful Politico took the news:

A “Republican filibuster”?

Tsk, tsk, Politico. Your bias is showing. The need to paint the GOP as obstructionists trumps the need for honesty:

The Senate on Thursday ended a GOP filibuster on a new gun control bill, clearing the way for debate to begin on a hugely emotional issue that has dominated headlines since the tragic December shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Here’s the thing: 16 Republicans voted in favor of cloture:

In a follow-up tweet, Politico writers John Bresnahan and Dan Berman noted that senators split from their party, though their article still called it a “GOP filibuster”:

Sixteen Republicans split with their party leaders and voted Thursday to end the GOP filibuster of gun control legislation and begin what will be a contentious Senate debate on the issue.

Two Democrats split with their party: Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska and Mark Pryor.

But, somehow, this is a Republican filibuster.

Politico isn’t alone in its disingenousness:

So, if 16 Republicans voted against it, and two Democrats voted for it, how is it a GOP filibuster?

It isn’t.

Take note, Politico et al.:

That’s good advice. Now put your bias away and do your jobs.

  • http://twitter.com/lowfibass Bill Musick


  • Canadian in USA

    Sadly typical. I am no longer surprised by this level of dishonesty.

  • John Taznar

    How does one “break a filibuster” that never occurred?

    • TocksNedlog

      Shhhh. You’re giving information to the
      low-information voters. Keep doing that and pretty soon CNN will have no viewers at all!

  • SJ’s Dad

    Voting for a bill no-one has read? . . . Hmmm . . . where have we heard this B4?
    ACA ANYONE?!?!?!?!?!? (How’s that one workin’ out?)

  • Lady 12

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but weren’t some of those sixteen names on another list? Like, the senators who went to dinner with Obama during the filibuster?

    • http://twitter.com/KayGester KayGee

      Most of those 16 are also on many “RINO” lists, ESPECIALLY McCain, where not a week goes by without Twitchy calling him out on his RINO behavior… so its interesting to see them get let back into the “Real Republican” fold by some of their most vocal detractors when it suits the interests of finger-pointing at news outlets. http://www.rinolist.org/rinos/az/us-senators/john-mccain/

      • TocksNedlog


        • http://twitter.com/KayGester KayGee

          so you are or aren’t surprised by McCain leading the charge of RINO turncoats?

          • TocksNedlog

            Never said that I was surprised by McCain’s actions. I live in Arizona; I know all about him. The fact that he may be a RINO doesn’t mean the media are reporting this story accurately. They aren’t.

  • ceemack

    Eighteen senators filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964. One of them was a Republican.

    I’m sure PuffingtonHost, Softball, Dullitico and the other left-wing outlets would call THAT a “Republican filibuster”.

    • Kate

      I prefer to call Chris Matthews’ show “Eightball.”

  • GaryTheBrave

    If it was a Democrat filibuster and only one Republican joined it would be reported as being bipartisan.

    • mike_in_kosovo

      Of course!

  • mike_in_kosovo

    “Now put your bias away and do your jobs.”

    Silly #twitchyteam….bias *IS* their jobs!!!

  • TocksNedlog

    If it weren’t for lying, they’d have nothing to say.

    “Dead air! Dead air!!!”

  • kim

    Politico, Fauxcahontas’ cousin Pinocchisheep

  • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

    Anything to help the democrat party get votes.

  • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

    Anything to help the democrat party get votes.

  • n2sooners

    The media’s definition of bipartisan is a majority of the democrats and at least one republican.

  • n2sooners

    The media’s definition of bipartisan is a majority of the democrats and at least one republican.