Skip to comments.Obama’s Boys on the Bus - The media pull out all the stops to reelect the president
Posted on 10/06/2012 3:28:01 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
The Time cover story last week was headlined The Mormon Identity. The cover, featuring Mitt Romney in a stained-glass window, said in smaller type, What Mitt Romneys faith tells us about his vision and values. Newsweek had President Obama on the cover, identifying him as The Democrats Reagan and heralding the story inside as What Obama Will Achieve in His Second Term.
Neither of the stories, to put it mildly, was helpful to Romneys presidential campaign. The piece in Time was fair, but the timing, long after Mormonism had faded as a factor in the election, was suspect. In Newsweek, Obama was lionized, while Romney and Republicans were treated like hyperpartisan right-wingers.
My point in citing the newsmagazines is not that theyre colluding to reelect Obama. They dont have to. It comes quite naturally to these pillars of the mainstream media to elevate issues with a pro-Obama tilt. And theyre not even the biggest contributors to the liberal bias that has dominated media coverage of the presidential race.
The bias has been so massive, palpable, and unprecedented that the scales have begun to fall from the eyes of a few stalwarts of the media establishment. Obama, Mark Halperin of Time noted last week, has been covered as a candidate, rather than as an incumbent whose record needs to be scrutinized. As you might suspect, this coincides neatly with the presidents reelection strategy.
The Huffington Posts Howard Fineman has suggested the media have all but given the president a free ride. Obama was such a cool and uplifting story to so many in the media in 2008 that they have essentially ceded ground to him that they have yet to reclaim, Fineman wrote. The president has campaigned without having to seriously and substantively defend his first-term promises or shortcomings, and without having to say much, if anything, about what, if anything, he might do substantially differently if he is fortunate enough to win again.
The most explosive criticism of press bias has come from Patrick Caddell, the former pollster and adviser to Democrats George McGovern, Jimmy Carter, and Gary Hart. We have a political campaign where, to put the best metaphor I can on it, the referees on the field are sacking the quarterback of one team, tripping up their runners, throwing their bodies in front of blockers, and nobody says anything, Caddell said in a speech.
If you hadnt guessed, the refs are the media, their victims Romney and Republicans. No fan of Romney, Caddell said Obama is protected by the media. Any other president who flew to Las Vegas for a fundraiser hours after the killing of the U.S. ambassador in Libya would have been crucified, he said. But Obama wasnt. It should have been the equivalent, for Barack Obama, of George Bushs flying over Katrina moment, Caddell said. But nothing was said at all and nothing will be said.
Coverage of the Obama administrations response to the Libyan attack also reflects the medias double standard. Within 24 hours, Pentagon and intelligence officials had concluded the assault on the Benghazi consulate was an act of terrorism planned for the eleventh anniversary of 9/11, according to numerous reports. Yet five days later, Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, insisted it began spontaneously as a reaction to the Cairo demonstrations against a hateful video. White House press secretary Jay Carney continued to say the same.
An obvious question arises, or at least should. Was there a cover-up? If we had a Republican presidentor even a Democratic president not named Obamathe press would be pursuing that possibility with great intensity. And the national news would be focused on efforts of the president and his aides to deflect blame for the eruption of assaults on American embassies in Libya and across the Middle East. But in Obamas case, this hasnt happened.
Kirsten Powers of the Daily Beast is one of the few journalists to doubt the administrations motives. Its spin doesnt make sense, she wrote, unless it is seen as a deliberate attempt to mislead Americans into believing al Qaeda has been decimated, as President Obama has been known to assert. But most of the media herd was fretting about Mitt Romneys taxes, she added, thus too busy to probe a far bigger story that might embarrass Obama.
In the treatment of Romney and Obama, the double standard has become habitual. The hunt for gaffes is the defining trait of the media in regard to Romney. But the most egregious gaffe by Obama this yearYou didnt build thatwas ignored for four days and reported only after the conservative press had created a mini-firestorm over the comment.
In September, Romney innocently joked in answer to a reporters question. Look at those clouds. Its beautiful. Look at those things. This was turned into a running gag for no other reason than to make Romney seem wooden, wrote Gawkers John Cook. Imagine if Obamas every heh or uuuhh made it into his quotes.
Media fact checkers, too, have been notoriously one-sided, to the detriment of Republicans. Paul Ryans speech at the Republican convention was flyspecked in a novel way: He was faulted not for what he said but for what he didnt say. Meanwhile, Joe Bidens constant stream of misstatements, goofy comments, and gaffes are routinely tolerated. From insensitively telling a wheelchair-bound state senator to stand up to not recognizing how many letters there are in the word jobs, the media have let Biden get away with gaffes that would have gotten GOP VP picks pilloried, says Geoffrey Dickens of the Media Research Center.
Several months ago, a journalist with four decades of experience and I discussed the matter of media bias in the election. We agreed it would probably be worse than ever. And it has been. But we never figured it would be this bad and, a month before Election Day, still getting worse.
OMG = Obama Must Go
“....for months, the Obama campaign has relentlessly portrayed Romney as an inveterate scoundrel: a dissolute shylock maybe even a felonious one who fleeced mom-and-pop stores, secreted his ill-gotten gains in offshore vaults, and, in his spare time, tortured his own pooch. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it its the Alinskyites following their dog-eared rule book.
The problem for our community organizerinchief is the debate setting. With no slavish Obamedia filter between the candidates and the viewers, the Obama campaigns ludicrous distortion of Romney collided, one on one and for all to see, with the reality of Romney. The challengers upbeat energy simultaneously effused respect for the presidents office and sheer joie de vivre at the prospect of laying bare the presidents miserable record of forcing Obamas vision of Euro-America to compete with Romneys traditionally confident, self-determining America......
....It was a Romney who has appeared in flashes over the years, but then frustratingly veered away. Suddenly, he seemed comfortable and commanding like hed finally arrived at where he wanted to be, like he planned to be staying for a while. When his moment came, the biggest in his political life, the guy who couldnt connect knew he was connecting like there was no tomorrow. And maybe there isnt. He was the very picture of the happy warrior somewhere, at least for this night, Ronald Reagan and Bill Buckley were smiling........”
......and take Biden with you!
Does anyone actually read Time or Newsweek any more? The half dozen people who do are probably Obama supporters anyway.
“Does anyone actually read Time or Newsweek any more?”
My parakeet does. But then again the parakeet has always leaned left on the perch.
With any luck at all, President Romney will hold his press conferences in a phone booth. Don’t even recognize the alphabet media commies as part of the “free press”.
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After years of fruitless demonstration against the Vietnam War and a list of more arcane causes the American Left watched two cub reporters at the Washington Post take down the Nixon Administration. Overnight the activists enrolled in journalism schools and flocked into the newsrooms and TV studios. They worked hard and eventually gained control. Today the news media, and mass media in general, is a greater enemy than any force that exists outside our borders.