A hat trick for the CBS “Early Show” this week: fear-mongering, Bush-bashing, and Christmas consumerism all in one story.
The head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission is under fire because of the recent spate of recalls of consumer products, especially toys. While Democrats say the Bush administration is endangering children by refusing an increase in the agency’s budget, the administration retorts that what Democrats really want is a shift away from product testing toward a concentration on litigation against companies. Not that it would benefit a big Democrat constituency like trial lawyers or anything.
But the creme de la creme of the piece on CBS was how co-host Julie Chen turned Bush into the Grinch in an accusation leveled against Acting CPSC commissioner Nancy Nord:
American parents are upset, they’re frightened, they feel like their Halloween and their Christmas is now ruined. They don’t know what to buy. Members of Congress are calling for your resignation. Are you going to resign?
Yes, because Christmas (and Halloween? What do you need to buy for Halloween?) is all about the stuff parents buy. Typical.