Utah Media Present Lopsided Coverage of Sen. Lee's Shutdown Strategy

November 6, 2013 - 8:47 PM

Today the Media Research Center released a new analysis demonstrating that Utah's local media leveled a deliberate, lopsided, and relentlessly hostile attack on Sen. Mike Lee for his anti-ObamaCare stance before, during, and after the government shutdown that began in October.

By a staggering margin of 33-to-1, editorial opinion at Utah's two largest newspapers - the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News - was harshly against the strategy of linking ObamaCare's fate to government funding. Coverage in the news pages was scarcely more balanced, with 32 news stories tilting against the conservatives' strategy, vs. just three in favor and 13 conveying a balanced debate.

MRC analysts reviewed all 116 news stories, editorials, and opinion columns in the two papers that talked about Lee's role in the shutdown. The study included all stories from September 17 through October 31 - a period beginning two weeks before the start of the shutdown and ending two weeks after the shutdown concluded.

Now that ObamaCare has crashed to earth in a ball of flame, the Utah media that pounded Sen. Mike Lee relentlessly for his attempt to spare the nation this pain owe him a sincere apology. Lee led a courageous fight in Congress to defund ObamaCare in hopes of saving the American people from this big government embarrassment.

Rather than applauding the principled efforts of their own senator, the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News parroted the national liberal media's shutdown hysteria. The wreckage of ObamaCare has vindicated Lee's efforts to tie the fate of Obama's doomed health care law to government funding. Even some Democrats are now calling for a delay.

The honorable thing for the Utah media to do is apologize and acknowledge that while they were too short-sighted to see the oncoming disaster, Sen. Lee saw the forest for the trees.