Ed Driscoll

Name That Party, Special Decline and Fall of Western Civilization Edition!


MSM talking heads can’t bring themselves to say which party had total control of Detroit for a half century:

It’s now been a week since Detroit filed for bankruptcy and yet ABC, CBS and NBC have resisted considering what caused the financial failure, details such as the city’s massively high tax rate, failed educational system and the total Democratic dominance for over 50 years. On Sunday’s Meet the Press, anchor David Gregory bluntly asked Chuck Todd, a former Democratic operative, who was responsible for Detroit’s collapse: “…Who let Detroit down? Which politicians let them down?”

Rather than point out that Democrats have controlled the city for 51 years, that Republicans haven’t held the mayor’s office since 1962, Todd evasively responded, “I think there was poor governance in Detroit for a very long time. This turned into a machine political town.” Who was responsible for the poor governance? Which machine in particular? Todd didn’t say.

ABC, the House of Stephanopoulos, was equally tight-lipped today, with the exception of token conservative George Will:

GEORGE WILL: Can’t solve the problems, because their problems are cultural. You have a city, 139 square miles, you can graze cattle in vast portions of it, dangerous herds of feral dogs roam in there. 3 percent of fourth graders reading at the national math standards, 47 percent of Detroit residents are functionally illiterate, 79 percent of Detroit children are born to unmarried mothers. They don’t have a fiscal problem, Steve, they have a cultural collapse.

KRISTINA VANDEN HEUVEL, THE NATION: I find that really insulting to the people of Detroit. I think there is a serious discussion about the future of cities in a time of deindustrialization. But in many ways, Detroit has been a victim of market forces, and I think that what Steve said is so critical, that retirees and workers should not bear this. And this story should not be hijacked as one of about greedy, fiscal, public unions.

WILL: But Steve said he…

VANDEN HEUVEL: And fiscally responsibility.

Don’t fret, conservatives. Will was up to the tag team:

WILL: But Steve [former Obama “Car” “Czar” Steve Rattner, who was also on the panel — Ed] said in his op-ed was the people of Detroit are no more to blame than the victims of Hurricane Sandy, because apart from voting, he said. Well, what did they vote for? For 60 years of incompetence, malcontents, and in some cases criminals.


Sadly, what we were once again witnessing was liberal media members refusing to acknowledge that decades of Democratic politicians and policies are what destroyed this once great city.

Of course, Detroit’s collapse follows a long history of the MSM playing a pathetic game of “name that party” whenever they’re forced to report on the malfeasance of their fellow leftwing Democrats.