MSNBC Analyst: Press ‘Largely Sympathetic’ to Dems’ Shutdown Argument

by Andrew Johnson

​Frequent Morning Joe guest Mark Halperin said that the White House doesn’t have very much incentive to negotiate on the continuing budget resolution because the media coverage will shift the blame to Republicans.

“Here’s what the White House and the Hill will monitor: One is how the press covers the shutdown and does it go back into 1990s mode of saying, ‘Obstructionist Republicans are causing a shutdown, and real people are hurting?’” Halperin said on the show this morning. “The press is largely sympathetic to [the White House's] arguments on this, that it’s the House Republicans’ fault.”