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If National Public Radio political editor Domenico Montanaro is wondering why he's getting the cold shoulder at work these days, this might explain it.
Montanaro was one of four journalists to appear on the NPR Politics podcast for a weekly roundup segment on Feb. 8 when the subject of the Jan. 20-22 government shutdown came up, a showdown prompted by bitter divisions in Congress over the immigration policy known as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).
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NPR congressional reporter Kelsey Snell: Uh, he says that he's committed to getting something done. That is a little bit further than he's gone in the past but for Democrats that's not enough. They want the same kind of firm commitment that (Senate Majority Leader Mitch) McConnell gave and what Ryan did there is just not that.
MONTANARO: Now, big picture here, Chuck Schumer and Democrats shut the government down not too long ago over DACA and it didn't work out so well for Democrats. Not only did they not get anything out of this, but they were almost evenly blamed for the government shutdown and President Trump this time around is saying, hey, if this is going to be over DACA, let it shut down.
Alas - Things - Run - Narratives - Media
Alas, all good things must eventually end, such as the two decade-plus run of one of the major narratives in the media, namely, that Republicans are always to blame for government shutdowns. This was inevitably coupled with media commentary that Republicans doing this was yet further evidence of their nihilistic hatred of government and indifference to the suffering of people dependent on the state.
This time around it was obvious to all but the most delusional leftist that it was Democrats forcing a shutdown as they underestimated the public's demand for border security and misread public sympathy for illegal immigrants.
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