Thursday, October 22, 2009

Blame Where Blame Belongs

This piece rightfully blames the Senate for not extending unemployment benefits. But the lead suggests that the blame falls on both parties:

One month after the House passed a bill extending unemployment benefits, the issue is still being debated in the Senate. While leaders in both parties are trying to negotiate a compromise, the bickering is costing people their benefits.

No, let's be quite clear on this: the Republican Party has decided to not let this past. While Harry Reid deserves excoriation for his weakness as Majority Leader, there is only one party who is denying people benefits. That is the Republican Party.

Is it asking too much for journalists to assign blame when one party is at fault? Or can they only do that when they can blame Democrats?