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A Dreadful Media Campaign

By L. Brent Bozell · Nov. 7, 2012

Throughout the very long presidential election cycle, two trends remained consistent. The media lauded Obama no matter how horrendous his record, and they savaged Obama's Republican contenders as ridiculous pretenders.

From the start of the Republican race in 2011, every candidate who took the lead took an unfair beating. They even slimed Sarah Palin in case she decided to run. Martin Bashir announced she was “vacuous, crass, and, according to almost every biographer, vindictive, too.” Newsweek mocked Michele Bachmann on its cover, making her look pale, confused and nutty, with the headline “The Queen of Rage.” Politico and other media outlets tried to pin sexual harassment claims on Herman Cain without naming, or even knowing the accusers. The Washington Post killed trees to report in earth-shaking depth how the Rick Perry family had leased a hunting property where once the N-word was painted on a rock. Never mind that it was the Rick Perry family that covered it with white paint. Chris Matthews smeared Newt Gingrich by saying “He looks like a car bomber … He looks like he loves torturing.” Matthews thought Newt was also polluting the civil discourse. “Ever since he appeared on the national scene, politics has been nastier, more feral, too often uglier.”

Then late in the cycle came the dark horse, Rick Santorum. He emerged and was slaughtered. Former New York Times editor Bill Keller sneered, he “sounds like he's creeping up on a Christian version of Sharia law.”

The only one who seemed to miss his own special episode of When Journalists Attack was Mitt Romney. But when he emerged as the nominee, all bets were off. The Washington Post published a 5,400-word “expose” documenting the shocking revelation that teenaged Romney just may have pinned a boy down and cut his hair. In 1965.

To be sure, The Washington Post did publish a historical piece on Obama's high school career, as well. Exactly a month after its Romney-Running-With-Scissors article, it devoted 5,500 words in the Sports section to an excerpt of David Maraniss's new biography with the headline “President Obama's Love for Basketball Can be Traced Back to His High School Team.”

Despite the news media's infatuation with him, Obama rarely reciprocated. He reduced to a trickle the media's access by minimizing the number of White House press conferences. He hasn't called one since June. Instead, he hopscotched from one flippantly unserious interview to another, from Leno to Letterman, from “The View” to “Access Hollywood.” When Obama did consent to interviews with “news” shows, it was more of the same, with embarrassing fawn-a-thons from Charlie Rose at CBS and Brian Williams at NBC.

Even the September 11 attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the deaths of our ambassador and three others, and the subsequent and ongoing serial dishonesty of this administration in its refusal to take a lick of blame for the scandalous lack of security, and the refusal to help the men in need – has been brushed under the rug to help Obama. The only man hammered on that issue was Mitt Romney.

Anyone who hoped any of the liberal debate moderators would bring accountability to Obama saw his hopes eviscerated. Anyone who hoped Steve Kroft would press Obama in his September 12 “60 Minutes” interview only saw Obama insisting “Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later.”

This passage from Peter Baker of The New York Times says it all about Obama's press avoidance all the way to Election Day: “Nor has Mr. Obama faced many tough questions lately, like those about the response to the attack in Benghazi, Libya, since he generally does not take questions from the reporters who trail him everywhere. Instead, he sticks to generally friendlier broadcast interviews, sometimes giving seven minutes to a local television station or calling in to drive-time radio disc jockeys with nicknames like Road Kill.”

How can you read that and not think journalism is road kill?



Jim in Alabama said:

God Bless you for you great work Brent!

We no longer have a free press.

We have a tyrannical press.

So Obama gets to thank the American people for "What you all have done for me."

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Tad Petrie in Westerville, Ohio said:

Yes, the mainstream media has sunk to as low a level as we have ever seen in this country. Rest assured, they WILL go lower, they will have to because the President WILL continue to do stupid things that require cover from the press.

The maintream media however is not to blame for the President's re-election, the people who voted for him are! The people who bought into the BRAZEN LIES told by the President and re-told by the mainstream media.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 8:28 AM

The American in Columbus, Ohio replied:

For a stunningly frank and true view on the destruction of our United States of America, please read Joan Fischer's Patriot Post column, dated November 7, 2012, and titled,
“November 6, 2012: A Day That Will Live in Infamy”

If you don't already have tears in your eyes now, you will.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Old Desert Rat in Las Vegas, NV said:

It will be interesting to see huge newsprint empires fall one by one. Newspapers will be one of the first industries to fail. Many have tottered for years, this election will push them over. The synchophatic press will find themselves wondering, "what happened"... a sad day for honesty and integrity.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Melba Sibrel in Tennessee said:

But you don't mention Dr. Ron Paul? Oh, yes. That's because the media didn't slander and slaughter him, his own fellows did. Idiots.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 9:59 AM

richard ryan in Lamar,Missouri replied:

Ah yes; good ole Ron Paul the perennial presidential candidate. You Paul worshipers bare a large amount of responsibility for the re-election of the treasonous murderer, Barack Obama. Thanks for the demise of The American Republic.You people are no less blinded by your pathological ideology than are the backers of Obama.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Melba Sibrel in Tennessee replied:

Sir, stop presuming to know me. I worship only the one true God, (God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit). I am free from the tyranny of sin thanks to Jesus Christ's dying in my place on the cross and rising again on the third day. But in this Kingdom of Grace, where God allows evil men to rule, we must deal with those who would put us under the tyranny of such men (thankfully, that is only temporary). I did NOT re-elect Obama -- those who cast a vote (or perhaps, stole a vote) for him DID.

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Orf in Pennsylvania said:

Just as Dec. 7 is the day of infamy, Nov. 6 should be declared the day of tyranny when Americans chose security and surrendered freedom.

Republicans long ago should have stopped the propaganda media by getting the FCC to cancel their broadcast licenses. This would have destroyed the Obamanation's chief propaganda arm. The second thing they should have done was to force integration in the colleges and universities -- but not just racial integration -- political integration, so that places with 90 percent liberal teachers and professors could not indoctrinate students with liberal theory and lies.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Robert A. Holloway in Cleveland, Ohio said:

I am completely baffled at the reelection of Barack Obama. If he were a
Republican candidate would he have still been elected? So many items
of failure in his four year term, and yet, he was fawned over by the Press.
Main Stream media seem to have become his publicity agents. I am 88-1/2
years but I have never seen such a miscarriage.

Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Miss Kitty in Missouri said:

Who can forget the auspicous interview with Pimp with a Limp? It's dereliction of duty by the press.

Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Honest Abe in North Carolina said:

A slim majority of the United States' voters have spoken and they prefer a an imposter who is the product of the imaginary world of entertainment thanks to the entire TV-movie industry. They have been suckered, just like the automotrons led to believe in flying saucers, noise as music, global warming, talking animals, zombies and sex without consequences. The German National Socialists could have conquered the world with such an organization at their beckon and call. To bad for us, too bad for posterity.

Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Mike Schuerger Sr in Medina, OH said:

Main Stream Media = Malpractice Media

Too bad we can't sue them for Malpractice.

Their readership and viewership keeps falling, and the wonder why. Apparently they haven't fallen far enough yet.

Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 5:25 PM