Media Misses: The Embrace of the Green New Deal
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Democrats unveiled their latest version of the Green New Deal on Thursday, but despite some concessions to reality, this version is still little more than socialism masked as environmental policy. But that didn’t stop the media from fawning all over it. Where was the fact-checking when you needed it?
Most media reports focused on the threat of climate change and how this was an aggressive plan to tackle it, but they glanced over its more radical, and ultimately absurd, proposals that had far less to do with environmental policy and far more to do with carrying out a far-left social and economic transformation of America.
ABC News reported, “The wide-reaching proposal calls not just for a massive overhaul of the nation’s energy sector over the next 10 years, but also investments in the country’s education, infrastructure and health care systems and a redesign of the entire U.S. economy.”
This is an understatement.
Among other things, the Green New Deal calls for the elimination of air travel through the development of high-speed trains—because the California bullet train project is going oh so well—the elimination of cars, the greening of every building in America, and even floats the idea of getting rid of meat.
Again, this would all be accomplished in 10 years.
And that’s not all.
It includes a grab bag of far-left goodies such as national health care for all and a jobs guarantee for those unable and, this is actually in text of the FAQ section, quote, “unwilling” to work.
Yes, the authors of the Green New Deal want to replace the nation of the self-made man with the unrepentant mooch.
It would seem that a proposal that has received so much coverage, and from a freshman member of Congress who has been showered with attention, would receive a little more scrutiny.
The fact is, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. and the socialist ideas she espouses are looked upon favorably by many in the press, which is why they are happy to give her cover even though they know her ideas are absurd.
When even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi clearly mocked the proposal, calling it the “green dream,” the press was willing to quickly brush over this as if she was actually praising the Green New Deal.
Politico actually buried this line at the bottom of its coverage despite the fact that an attack by the most powerful Democrat in Congress and person most needed to bring the plan to reality in the House just mocked and dismissed it.
This week the media was busy fact-checking whether or not Jewish people believe in heaven in response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address. Yes, that really happened. But where was this same “fact-checking” during the release of the media darling’s Green New Deal?