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The Axis of Liberalism Marches to Re-elect Obama

By Larry Elder · Oct. 11, 2012

“I just thought it's too difficult. And you're not going to like this, but my gut feeling is that all the media is against George, Republicans, any Republican.” – Former first lady Barbara Bush, who said she was surprised when her son won the presidency in 2000.

The Axis of Liberalism – the other AOL – is the media, academia and Hollywood.

First, the media.

About reporters' reaction to the 2008 Obama campaign, Joan Walsh, editor of the left-wing, said, “I was struck, when I got to Iowa and New Hampshire in January, by how our media colleagues were just swooning over Barack Obama. That is not too strong a word. They were swooning.” (Emphasis added.)

The Washington Post's ombudsperson, Deborah Howell, examined her own paper's 2008 coverage of the McCain-Obama race. To her credit, she admitted that the Post's reporting and analyses dramatically favored Obama: “The op-ed page ran far more laudatory opinion pieces on Obama, 32, than on Sen. John McCain, 13. There were far more negative pieces about McCain, 58, than there were about Obama, 32, and Obama got the editorial board's endorsement … .

"Stories and photos about Obama in the news pages outnumbered those devoted to McCain. Reporters, photographers and editors found the candidacy of Obama, the first African American major-party nominee, more newsworthy and historic. … Some readers thought the Post went over (Sarah) Palin with a fine-tooth comb and neglected (Joe) Biden. They are right.”

What about The New York Times, America's most influential newspaper?

The New York Times' ombudsman, Arthur S. Brisbane, also admitted that his paper was biased to the left: “Across the paper's many departments … so many share a kind of political and cultural progressivism – for lack of a better term – that this worldview virtually bleeds through the fabric of the Times. As a result, developments like the Occupy movement and gay marriage seem almost to erupt in the Times, overloved and undermanaged, more like causes than news subjects.”

Most people still get their news from national and local television, and from their local newspapers. Virtually all of the editorial pages of the major newspapers are liberal, and reporters self-describe as liberal far more often than they self-describe as conservative.

The second leg of the AOL is academia.

The American Enterprise Institute examined the political registrations of professors at 20 colleges and universities, representing a cross-section of higher education – public and private, big and small, in the North, South, East and West. By a more than 13-1 margin, the profs were registered with a party of the left. Many departments had no professors from a right-wing party.

How out-of-touch is academia? Most Americans, for example, oppose reparations for slavery. Not so in academia. Luntz Research Companies polled a cross-section of social science and liberal arts Ivy League professors and found that while only 11 percent of Americans support reparations, 40 percent of Ivy League profs approved.

The California division of the National Association of Scholars recently released a report accusing the University of California of pushing liberalism rather than providing students with an education. Liberal profs, says the NAS report, have turned the UC campuses into “a sanctuary for a narrow ideological segment of the spectrum of social and political ideas.”

Brian McHale is an Ohio State University English professor. A senior professor at this publicly supported school, McHale sent an email to fellow profs asking them to allow Obama campaign staffers to come to class and “make a pitch to your students about registering to vote.” He added, “If you were willing, the volunteers could also take a couple of extra minutes to see whether they could interest any of your students in volunteering for the Obama campaign themselves.”

Look at political contributions of those in the education field. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, 82 percent of the donations ($200 or more) to federal candidates and PACs from primary to graduate school educators (not including teachers unions) went to Democrats in 2008.

The third leg in the Axis of Liberalism is Hollywood.

Of the entertainment industry's total contributions of $200 or more, $9.7 million went to Obama in 2008, versus $1.2 million for McCain. DreamWorks mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg has single-handedly raised nearly $7 million for Obama's campaigns and super PACs in the last five years.

Ever wonder why so few sympathetic portrayals of conservatives on the large and small screens? MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell, a former Democratic senator's legislative aide and a “West Wing” television show writer, said: “You'll never, ever, get the Republican TV show. The Writers Guild of America, my union, is at a minimum 99 percent leftist liberal and, like me, socialist. And we don't know how to write it. We don't.”

Some Republicans wonder why, given this tepid recovery, Romney is not doing better. Given the Axis of Liberalism's power and its hostility toward “the right wing,” it is a testament to the strength of ideas that Republicans ever win.



p3orion in Midland, Georgia said:

Fortunately, most of us are still not employed in the media, academia, or pop culture (you were too narrow in naming only Hollywood.) It is only for that reason that Republicans EVER win anything in our country. But we should also be careful not to tacitly support those who ARE in those fields when they stray too far from their TRUE callings, and be sure to let them know when they have.

Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 1:01 AM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

Smelly rats have far too many pet projects to throw public funds at! Conservatives want to prevent our money, from getting to Wash,DC,in the first place. Gun runnin' Holder, is perhaps the most despicable creature, to ever become Attorney General. Crime happens FAST under this renegade marx administration, and now we are FURIOUS!( I'm off topic, pardonne moi, L.E.

Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 6:34 AM

Hard Thought in Vicenza, Italy said:

Any that gets political advice from someone who makes a living pretending to be somebody else needs to have their head examined.

Just because somebody is good at make believe doesn't make them a sage political advisor.

Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Hard Thought in Vicenza, Italy said:

Should started with "Anybody"

Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 9:34 AM

wjm in Colorado said:

Any who now supports Obamao, such as the Communist Party of America, are committing treason. The Democrat party platform is contained in the Communist Manifesto. They seek to destroy the Republic and the Constitution in favor of a marxist utopia that History has proven to always fail, and ended in tyranny and slavery. Traitors all, they must be voted out. Failing that, the tree of Liberty may need refreshing.

Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

The liberals hate the things that made us a great nation. Hard work, reliance on your own ability, teaching your children right from wrong and not leaving it up to the schools, and being proud to be an American. If you suffered a setback you went to your parents, your friends or even the church and never to the govt for a bailout. When you borrried money you always paid it back no matter what. Your word was as good as if you had posted a bond. Those are the things that made us who we were just a few years ago. However, those things are frowned upon by the leftwing loonies that infest our three branchs of govt today and the freeloaders who live off the sweat of others.

Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 4:27 PM