CBS's Norah O'Donnell Heralds Obama as Shutdown's 'Grown-Up in the Room'
Norah "we shouldn't editorialize" O'Donnell boosted President Obama mere seconds after the liberal politician finished his Thursday presser about the end of the partial government shutdown. The CBS anchor claimed that Obama was trying to "be, sort of, the grown-up in the room, and to look forward and say, here are the three ways we can now work together. "
O'Donnell later asserted that the President had gone back to his semblance of a bipartisanism in his lecture-like address: [MP3 audio available here; video below]
NORAH O'DONNELL: I think he's gone back to the message that has been a signature message for President Obama – we're not Democrats; we're (sic) Republicans – we're Americans – that disagreement should not mean dysfunction.
This is just the latest example of the CBS This Morning anchor promoting Mr. Obama or his agenda. She unabashedly forwarded the President's talking points for gun control during an April 2013 interview of Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson: "Do you think your fellow Republicans owe the families of these Newtown victims a vote?" Back in October 2012, she claimed that the President left his "greatest hits on the cutting room floor" during a presidential debate with opponent Mitt Romney.
The transcript of the relevant portion of CBS's live coverage of President Obama's Thursday press conference at the White House:
CHARLIE ROSE: It's an interesting conversation the President has. He seems to be wanting to identify with the frustration in the country – to point out there's been economic loss – but did say, we can't let this happen again, and we need to work together.
NORAH O'DONNELL: And I think, also, to be – sort of, the grown-up in the room, and to look forward and say, here are the three ways we can now work together. And I think he's gone back to the message that has been a signature message for – for President Obama – we're not Democrats; we're (sic) Republicans – we're Americans – that disagreement should not mean dysfunction. But I think we'll see what happens in the coming months.
ROSE: Republicans will probably be saying, these are words – how do we define action?
— Matthew Balan is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center. Follow Matthew Balan on Twitter.