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86 Percent of ABC, CBS, NBC Evening News Stories on Romney's Overseas Trip Emphasized His 'Missteps'
Townhall.com ^ | August 4, 2012 | Elisabeth Meineke

Posted on 08/04/2012 4:37:20 PM PDT by Kaslin

I get that Mitt Romney's overseas trip may or may not have been the most well-executed presidential campaign booster, but it appears the networks are determined to forego any flowery rhetoric they reserved for 2008 Obama and emphasize Romney's failures. According to the Media Research Center,

"Mitt Romney's week-long international trip resulted in unrelentingly negative coverage from the big three broadcast networks, a stark change from the glowing press awarded to then-candidate Barack Obama's world tour in 2008. While Obama was treated like a rock star (from the Associated Press: "It's not only Obama's youth, eloquence and energy that have stolen hearts across the Atlantic...."), Romney endured a focus on gaffes and the trivial. 

MRC analysts examined all 21 ABC, CBS and NBC evening news stories about Romney's trip to London, Israel and Poland between July 25 and July 31. Virtually all of these stories (18, or 86%) emphasized Romney's "diplomatic blunders," from his "golden gaffe" at the Olympic games to "missteps" that offended the Palestinians."

Honestly, the best part, though, is when MRC puts this side by side with coverage Obama received on his overseas tour before getting elected president:

In July of 2008, Barack Obama's international tour took him to Israel where, in an attempt to show toughness over Iran, the then-senator incorrectly told reporters that he was a member of the Senate Banking committee. (Obama erroneously referred to "his" committee's calls for divestment from Iran.) There was no outcry and no reporting of "errors" or "gaffes," at least on the three broadcast evening newscasts.

Obama's 2008 foreign tour, unlike Romney's 2012 version, received glowing coverage.

When the Democrat arrived in Berlin to speak, Brian Williams could hardly contain himself. On the July 24, 2008 Nightly News, he trumpeted, "...The man from Chicago, Illinois, the first ever African-American running as presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party, brought throngs of people into the center of Berlin, streaming into this city, surging to get close to him, to hear his message."

On the same program, Andrea Mitchell was beside herself, marveling at the large crowds: "It's hard to figure out what the comparison is. What do you compare this with?"

Then-CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric couched the visit in the most favorable terms, hyping, "Barack Obama extends the hand of friendship to Europe."



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: hypocrites; lamestreammedia; romneyoverseas
If anyone did blunders it's that stupid mayor from London and the media
1 posted on 08/04/2012 4:37:31 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

The author doesn’t “get” anything, she’s just another twit led around by the nose by other twits. Amazingly stupid people writing our news.


2 posted on 08/04/2012 4:41:30 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (.)
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To: Kaslin

The media hasn’t been fair and balanced in a long, long time.


3 posted on 08/04/2012 4:42:49 PM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: Kaslin
The Media is so transparent no one but democrats pays any attention to them anymore. They have so damaged their credibility that they have become a joke.
4 posted on 08/04/2012 4:43:27 PM PDT by MCF
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AND....
just look at the ratings of any of those networks.

I don’t watch any of them and I believe there are many people just like ME....


5 posted on 08/04/2012 4:44:44 PM PDT by haircutter
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To: Kaslin

He “offended” the Palestinians? Or dear me, say it ain’t so.


6 posted on 08/04/2012 4:48:59 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: Kaslin

They were only “missteps” if you’re a Islamoterrorist-loving, America-hating commie lib piggy.


7 posted on 08/04/2012 4:48:59 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The NRA did not create James "The Joker" Holmes. Harvey Weinstein's Hollywood did.)
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To: Kaslin

Few FReepers know, or remember, the old Radio Albania, but the US MSM has become the equivalent, with the exception of FOX.
The Marxist were quite clever in their takeover of most all
American MSM print and broadcast outlets.


8 posted on 08/04/2012 4:50:37 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: Kaslin

RACIST!!

(mute)


9 posted on 08/04/2012 4:51:36 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: AlexW
Few FReepers know, or remember, the old Radio Albania,

You mean, Radio Tirana....yep, their nightly program of "Marxism and You" didn't make for the most interesting listening.

10 posted on 08/04/2012 4:52:12 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: Kaslin
I got a phone call from an anonymous source claiming to be Joe Biden who said that ABCNBCBS know absolutely NOTHING about foreign affairs (except for the same sex stuff with animals).

I certainly believe it to be true.

11 posted on 08/04/2012 4:56:35 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: dfwgator

“You mean, Radio Tirana.”
_____________________________________

Well, I figured that most people would recognize Albania
more then Tirana.
I recall the most amusing part of their broadcast was the
prolific use of “Marxist/Leninist”. It was in almost every sentence.

I guess we can look forward to similar tactics on NPR/PBS.


12 posted on 08/04/2012 5:10:06 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: haircutter
just look at the ratings of any of those networks. I don’t watch any of them and I believe there are many people just like ME..

I was trying to think of the last time I deliberately tuned into one of the ABC/NBC/CBS newscasts. I can't recall...it must be fifteen years or more. Waiting until 6:30 to have Brian Williams and his ilk tell me in 20 minutes a day's worth of current events --- and expecting it to be accurate -- is akin to a self-inflicted lobotomy.
13 posted on 08/04/2012 5:13:52 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: jwalsh07

Can you expect anything less from the Moral Sewage Media?


14 posted on 08/04/2012 5:34:54 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Kaslin
Virtually all of these stories (18, or 86%) emphasized Romney's "diplomatic blunders ..."

In addition to positive stories gushing approval of every move Romney makes, I want to see just as many pictures with a halo behind Romney as they did for the Obamessiah in 2008. Otherwise, the MSM will look like a one sided propaganda machine.


15 posted on 08/04/2012 5:39:47 PM PDT by magooey (The Mandate of Heaven resides in the hearts of men.)
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To: Kaslin

Only in the slime stream media is the truth termed a gaff. They have no experience with the truth since DumBO has yet to utter one.


16 posted on 08/04/2012 5:46:17 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (6 November, 2012, the day our embarrassment is sent back to Kenya.)
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To: AlexW
I have heard the Radio Tirnana broadcasts but they didn't really have much appeal.

As a teenager I liked listending to Radio Moscow and their obvious propganda. I especially liked the Soviet postage stamps they would send in response to a reception report and a request for a QSL.

17 posted on 08/04/2012 6:20:38 PM PDT by foxfield
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To: Kaslin

Why conservatives care what the media says about a liberal is beyond me.


18 posted on 08/04/2012 6:31:58 PM PDT by napscoordinator (GO TO CHIC-FIL-A 1 AUGUST FOR BREAKFAST, LUNCH OR DINNER (OR ALL))
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To: foxfield

“As a teenager I liked listending to Radio Moscow”
___________________________________________________

I also listened to Radio Moscow, before and after becoming a ham in 1958.
Working DX became my specialty, achieving “Top of the Honor Roll” in DXCC. (working every possible country).
I had many Soviet cards, many of which were propaganda, such as one of the Russian, A.S. Popov, “the Inventor of Radio”, haha. They also sent many Sputnik cards.

When I moved to Slovakia,(2005) I met a man who knew my first CZ/SK contact from 1959, OK3EA. The ham had been the pediatrician for his kids.
I visited him in a nursing home in 2008. He died two days later.
I think Albania was the only, or one of few, hardcore Marxist satellite countries. I spent very little time listening to their drivel.


19 posted on 08/04/2012 6:58:27 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: Kaslin
Virtually all of these stories (18, or 86%) emphasized Romney's "diplomatic blunders," from his "golden gaffe" at the Olympic games to "missteps" that offended the Palestinians."
Sounds like JournoList is still alive and well after all.
20 posted on 08/04/2012 7:16:17 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Kaslin
and people are surprised by this???
21 posted on 08/04/2012 7:22:13 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Kaslin

Do you suppose that someday most American TV news viewers will become aware that the reason their lives are a constant series of surprises is that nothing they’ve been lead to believe is actually true?

Or will they just continue to be fixated on bright shiny objects?


22 posted on 08/04/2012 8:37:29 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: Kaslin
If anyone did blunders it's that stupid mayor from London and the media

Agreed.
Yet, the MSM twists it and a certain gang of folks on FR jump with glee as they now consider the MSM to be a moral force. And they say those who will vote for Romney to get rid of Obama are the ones compromising their principles...

23 posted on 08/05/2012 3:51:07 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: trebb
Yeah I noticed that.

Re: and a certain gang of folks on FR jump with glee as they now consider the MSM to be a moral force. And they say those who will vote for Romney to get rid of Obama are the ones compromising their principles..

24 posted on 08/05/2012 4:07:50 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: trebb

25 posted on 08/05/2012 4:14:31 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: AlexW

Another one was Radio Havana Cuba.


26 posted on 08/05/2012 8:28:28 AM PDT by stbdside
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To: Kaslin

I suspect that Mittens will continue to think that he is treated “fairly” by the media; he may not even be able to know if he is getting “fair” treatment. Still I am committed to voting for this potential failure, either in the election or later in office.


27 posted on 08/05/2012 12:15:49 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Past is prologue: The American people again let us down in this election cycle.)
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