Skip to comments.86 Percent of ABC, CBS, NBC Evening News Stories on Romney's Overseas Trip Emphasized His 'Missteps'
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."
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.
The media hasn’t been fair and balanced in a long, long time.
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....
He “offended” the Palestinians? Or dear me, say it ain’t so.
They were only “missteps” if you’re a Islamoterrorist-loving, America-hating commie lib piggy.
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.
You mean, Radio Tirana....yep, their nightly program of "Marxism and You" didn't make for the most interesting listening.
I certainly believe it to be true.
“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.
Can you expect anything less from the Moral Sewage Media?
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.
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.
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.
Why conservatives care what the media says about a liberal is beyond me.
“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.