Tuesday, July 17, 2012

And the 2012 media coverage is....exactly as expected

Seen on Google News:

What really jumps out at you here - the words "Obama ad", or the question about Mitt Romney being a perennial tax dodger?  Google knows, of course - they make their living this way.  And in a similar vein, and on the same subject, Yahoo goes inflammatory as well:

Is Sununu questioning Obama's birth certificate here?  Is he engaging in racism?  No, actually, he's trying to respond to the bullshit above, while Yahoo tries to put the worst face on Romney and Sununu as possible:

...the former New Hampshire governor, who has emerged as one of Romney's most aggressive defenders, slammed Obama's campaign for suggesting Romney might have committed a "felony" for misstating his role at Bain Capital. [Where's the word "allegedly" here?  Did Romney ever misstate his role? Why is Yahoo simply working this story from the Democratic angle?  And Why I am asking such stupid questions?]

But Sununu issued a nearly equal counterpunch, telling reporters Obama "comes out of that murky political world in Chicago where politician and felony has become synonymous." [Not quite equal to a felony charge from the Chief Executive, now is it?]

Still, Sununu added, "I am shocked that the president introduced the word 'felon' into the political discourse." [How dare he continue to criticize the president!!!]

Sununu seemed to take it a step further, telling reporters at one point, "I wish this president would learn how to be an American."

Still, [!] Sununu was back on the attack seconds later. Asked about a new Obama ad that suggests Romney won't release additional years of his tax returns because they might show he didn't pay taxes, the former governor trashed the Obama camp as "stupid."

"If (Romney) didn't pay taxes, you don't think the IRS would be knocking on his door? The IRS would have knocked at his door, and we would know all about it," Sununu said. "The Obama campaign has once again demonstrated that they are clearly and unequivocally a bunch of liars."

Most honest people  -and even many liberal outlets - seem to agree that the Obama campaign's use of the word "felony", and their four-Pinocchio attack ads, have crossed the bounds of deceny.  Yet Yahoo seems to believe that Republicans, by refuting these claims, are the ones out of bounds.

Unbelieveable.  And ABC, rather than leading with some unbiased reporting, is following the Yahoo cue:

ABC Hypes Obama's 'Barrage' Against Romney's Taxes

Over the span of three minutes, ABC featured Barack Obama's attacks three separate times for 35 seconds. Reporter Jake Tapper showcased two more right-leaning talking heads chiding Romney. That's a total of five voices piling on the candidate. Only a single clip of conservative Mary Matalin appeared as a rebuttal.

Even though Romney talked to ABC's Jon Karl on Friday, there were no clips of the presumptive nominee. However, The President was featured three times...

I'll refer you back to Professor Jacobson:

Obama can’t buy this election. He’ll have to win it the old-fashioned way — with the help of the mainstream media.

And they are working their sweet little asses off to make up the gap...

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