At least five MSNBC anchors since Tuesday have promoted a cherry-picked House Democratic Caucus video that distorts President Ronald Reagan's position on the debt ceiling, inaccurately asserting that President Barack Obama is more in line with Reagan than the Republicans.
If any of the anchors had played the entirety  of Reagan's 1987 radio address, instead of giving free air time to the Democratic Party's deceptively edited spot, they would have heard Reagan articulate a position on the debt ceiling almost identical to House Republicans' and nearly opposite Obama's: "You don't need more taxes to balance the budget. Congress needs the discipline to stop spending more, and that can be done with the passage of a constitutional amendment to balance the budget." Lo and behold, the House passed a plan last night, "cut, cap, and balance ," that contained both spending cuts and a balanced budget amendment.
A compilation video of MSNBC anchors misrepresenting Reagan:
Leading the charge, Reagan-hating Reverend Al Sharpton pleaded with Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) to do what he contended Reagan would have done. "In the name of Ronald Reagan," bellowed Sharpton, anchoring the 6 p.m. ET hour of Tuesday's MSNBC Live, "I think this president in the White House right now sounds a lot more like Ronald Reagan than you guys do."