The Media Research Center crunched the numbers and the broadcast networks covered the secret Romney tape 13-1 over the Obama tape (nearly an hour and a half vs. just over six minutes). Full details and Brent Bozell’s reaction below in bold:
MEDIA PIG PILE ON SECRET ROMNEY TAPE
13X MORE COVERAGE FOR ROMNEY TAPE THAN OBAMA TAPE
ALEXANDRIA, VA – Since a blurry and mysteriously edited tape of Mitt Romney answering a campaign strategy question at a fundraiser back in May was released on Monday, the liberal media have used it to declare his candidacy all but dead. On Tuesday, the Romney campaign exposed a 1998 video showing then-State Sen. Barack Obama espousing his far-left philosophy of wealth redistribution (a theme consistent with his 2008 presidential run), and the liberal media almost completely ignored it.
According to an analysis from the Media Research Center, the three broadcast networks, ABC, CBS and NBC, covered the Romney tape for 1 hour 28 minutes over 42 stories on their morning and evening news broadcasts. For comparison, they covered the Obama tape for a total of 6 minutes 28 seconds over 8 stories. That’s a 13-1 ratio.
Even if you only start counting from the moment on Tuesday when both tapes were available, the ratio is still 10-1, (1 hour 6 minutes committed to the Romney tape vs. 6 minutes 28 seconds to the Obama tape).
Media Research Center President Brent Bozell reacts:
“We’ve seen this play out over and over and over again. If it hurts Barack Obama’s chances of re-election, the media ignore it. If it hurts Mitt Romney, they obsess over it night after night.
“We saw it in July when Obama disparaged small business and at this point in the cycle the networks had given it ZERO coverage. We saw it last week when the networks relentlessly attacked Romney’s criticism of the Obama Administration’s spineless response to anti-American violence in the Middle East. Now we’re seeing it again this week with this manufactured controversy surrounding the secretly recorded – and edited – Romney tape.
“The Obama campaign wants the Romney tape to be a big issue, and the liberal media obey, covering it for nearly an hour and a half. Romney counters with a damaging tape of Obama, and it’s gets less than seven minutes of total coverage. The double standard is absolutely staggering. The liberal media are nothing more than the press office of the Obama campaign.
Like an overeager Labrador retriever, the liberal media will do anything to please their master, even if it means biting his opponent every day between now and the election.”
Our friends at MRCTVhave a great new video that goes through a short history of the liberal media’s penchant for hastily laying the blame for spree shootings and other violent attacks on conservatives. Yet time after time, when all the facts came out, we learned that it was anything but conservatives behind each and every incident. Of course, by the time all the facts came out, the media spin and speculation had already sowed the seeds of misinformation. As is to be expected, some of the worst offenders were MSNBC talent like Keith Olbermann and Ed Schultz.
Talk about irony. The front page of today’s Washington Post featured a large photo of a Rick Santorum rally in New Hampshire, with two of MRC’s “Don’t Believe the Liberal Media!” signs front and center. That’s nice, but perhaps the Washington Post should read its own front page more often.
Just days ago, a Post columnist personally and viciously attacked Senator Rick Santorum’s family over how they dealt with the death of their newborn son. Even though some at the Washington Post recognize their paper’s dislike of Santorum and his social-conservatism, this hasn’t stopped the paper from printing outrageous and offensive content on its pages.
Looking at the title of this post, you might think that was a quote from the Perry Campaign or maybe from the National GOP contrasting a controlled GOP low regulation state like Texas to a high tax and regulation state like California. That would be the natural reaction.
Hearing this, you might then think: “Well MSNBC must be talking about the advantages the Rick Perry has over Barack Obama if he is the nominee.” Amazingly you would be wrong again. This was part of an explanation why Governor Perry would have trouble selling his job creation record nationally with Mitchell saying (and I’m paraphrasing): This isn’t something that you can apply nationally.
Really? We can’t take nationally the equation:
Less regulation + low taxes = more jobs
as a national message? Do I actually hear Andrea Mitchell and MSNBC saying this?
Even funnier was their complaints about the number of minimum wage jobs created. We now have a situation where millions upon millions of Americans have burned through both 99 weeks of unemployment AND savings and reserves and Mitchell is actually complaining that the jobs created in Texas aren’t paying enough?
I’m reminded of a quote from an old comic book Jon Sable Freelance about a children’s author who moonlights as a mercenary. He is negotiating the price for his services to recover a stolen item with a potential client:
Sable: My finders fee is 30%
Client: That’s pretty steep!
Sable: Depends on how you look at it, I’ve always thought 70% of something is worth more than 100% of nothing.
Mitchell and company completed their trifecta of cluelessness by complaining about the possibility of the Gasoline Tax expiring and what a bad thing it would be for the environment.
Yup with 9% unemployment and fuel prices raising the cost of everything from food to lumber MSNBC is complaining about a potential drop in gas prices for consumer’s nationwide.
Bottom line MSNBC may think a lot more of the Arianna “AOL lost 800 million last year and all I got was this lousy $315 mil“ Huffington method of wealth and job creation but outside of the MSM bubble where real people pay their bills and business’ struggle to stay open, that train of thought has not only left the station, the station has been closed and replaced by a liqueur store.
I’ll give the last word to Erica Douglass, she may not be as chic with the inside crowd as the esteemed Ms Huffington but I think Mitchell learn a thing or two she heard this:
California just isn’t worth it. My priorities have changed. I value income freedom and flexibility more than I value living near the beach. I value having a paid-off house I can call “home” more than I value having a half-million-dollar noose around my neck that declines in value by the day…
…I’ll go run my business, create jobs, and continue to advocate for less government, fewer laws, and the freedom for us all to create more small businesses…from my new home in Austin, Texas!
Nazis are attacking the St. Petersburg Times! Those poor journalists! Hitler is coming for them!
Well, of course that is not actually true. But it’s understandable why someone might think so, from the panicked headlines the St. Pete Times has been posting lately.
First there was Wednesday’s hysterically-titled blog post by Adam Smith, “Has Adam Hasner gone off the deep end?” in which he claims that Adam Hasner is comparing our government to the Third Reich.
Then, today, Daniel Ruth writes an op-ed, “Hasner mining for fear,” in which he says that Hasner was attempting to “link the nation’s economic woes to the threat Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich posed to the world.”
NAZIS!!!!!!!! HITLER!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!
Hold on a second here. What exactly did Hasner write? Would someone who’s Jewish really be so careless with a Hitler reference?
What has the St. Pete Times’ panties in a bunch is Hasner’s July Fourth message. You can read the entire note here on his Facebook page.
Let’s look at the key language in the second through fourth paragraphs:
…The very freedom we celebrate this weekend is threatened like few times in our nation’s history.
On July 4, 1941, as Hitler’s Reich spread its influence across Europe, President Roosevelt used a radio address to proclaim the Fourth of July holiday as an example to the world in its fight for freedom. President Roosevelt said, “several new practices of tyranny have been making such headway that the fundamentals of 1776 are being struck down abroad, and definitely, they are threatened here.”
Nearly five months to the day later, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Despite the challenges, a generation of Americans would answer the call to save America, and the world, from a dark future under the control of brutal empires and savage dictators.
Today, the biggest threat to our liberty is not a foreign government, but our own. The worst practice of tyranny is not from a dictator, but from our debt – a debt which threatens to enslave future generations of Americans to a diminished future, a lower standard of living, and a reduction of our freedoms. We face more restrictions on our liberties from stifling bureaucrats than from threats abroad.
Wait. Go back and look at parts I highlighted with bold print.
Hasner mentions Hitler once, and only once, in a reference to the challenges that Franklin D. Roosevelt was facing on July 4, 1941. Sooo…let me get this straight…Hasner mentioned Hitler only as part of a reference to the President who fought the war against the Nazis.
If that’s “going off the deep end,” then I guess it’s also crazy to mention King George III if you’re talking George Washington, or mention that Abraham Lincoln fought to free the slaves, or Ronald Reagan’s efforts to end communism. Take note, politicos: the St. Pete Times does not want you to discuss history! Only an extremist would reference American history and past struggles for freedom in a July Fourth message!
Well what about the rest of the message? Does Hasner connect current events to the Nazis?
No, the exact opposite is true. Hasner said the “biggest threat” is not a foreign government, but abuses of power within our own government. And we’re not facing a threat from a dictator, but from our crushing debt. In other words, FDR fought Hitler and the Nazis, and Americans today are fighting something entirely different, “not a foreign government,” “not a dictator.”
Maybe Adam Smith and Daniel Ruth need to go take an SAT prep course and brush up on their reading comprehension. When someone says “we are not fighting X, we are fighting Y,” that is not “comparing” X and Y! That is saying that X and Y are different. It’s really not that complicated.
[Cross-posted at Sunshine State Sarah]
For those of you who thought that Joy Behar was the biggest idiot on TV her record for feebleness on a live broadcast is about to be surpassed by MSNBC’s Martin Bashir.
Bashir is already a record holder in recognition of his yellow journalism piece on Michael Jackson which many people believe sent the singer into the depression that ended up with the “king of pop’s” death.
According to Dieter Wiesner, Jackson’s manager at the time, the Bashir interview sent the singer down the path that lead to his death.
Having won in the journalistic narcissism category, Bashir is now trying to cinch the drooling idiot class.
Yesterday he editorialized that Sarah Palin’s use of the Stars and Stripes on the bus bringing her message to the people was illegal!
In fact, the whole thing could be in breach of a federal law because the United States Flag Code establishes important rules for the use and display of the stars and stripes, the flag of the United States. Under standards of respect and etiquette, it’s made clear that the flag of the United States should never be used for any advertising purpose whatsoever. Yet that’s precisely what Sarah Palin is doing. She’s using the flag of the United States for her own financial purposes. She drapes herself in the stars and stripes and makes millions of dollars in the process. This has got nothing to do with the presidency and everything to do with filling her pockets. And by raising her profile, she raises her income. It is as simple as that.
No seriously, this guy means it.
Forget for a moment the reasons for Palin’s bus trip. Even forget for the fact that there is nothing wrong with a former governor and vice presidential candidate making a living, or that the bus doesn’t really abuse the American Flag.
If Bashir is correct anybody that uses Old Glory in the quest of commerce should be arrested. That includes when Coors Light reduces prices for July 4th Celebrations, or when news networks decorate their Election Night sets with American Flags, like the Network below did for the 2010 Elections. Granted it is a network with a very small audience, but using Bashir’s twisted logic, MSNBC should be prosecuted way before Sarah Palin.
I keep thinking/hoping, eventually journalists are going to wake up.
I’ve spent 30 years in the business, always cynical about its mission (the business is supposed to attract cynics), and waiting and wondering if good sense and logic will finally win out over the obvious politics.
A ray of hope.
Veteran journalists (many now retired) are starting to speak out about what they are seeing with today’s “journalists.”
“If you watch an Obama news conference, and watched a Bush news conference previous to that, where correspondents sit in their seats with their hands folded on their laps, [it's] as if they are in the room with a monarch and they have to wait to be recognized by the president,” says Sid Davis, the former NBC Washington bureau chief who covered nine presidents. “It looks like they are watching a funeral service at [Washington funeral firm] Joseph Gawler’s and it shouldn’t be that way.”
Gawler draws no distinction between Obama and Bush as far as news conferences go, but we’ll leave that one alone for now. At least Bush held news conferences. JFK held one every 16.4 days, every two weeks, twice a month (word it as you wish). And, I’m talking about the wide open, “anything goes” news conferences where any question can be asked–not the quickies where 2 people are hand-picked for their ability to fire fluff balls. “Excuse me, you, in the back, from Better Homes and Leftist Gardens.”
Obama has played 10 times as many rounds of golf as he has held news conferences—so don’t say this job is just too tough and he’s too busy.
[H/T Toby Toons for the image.]
This past week in the wake of the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords by Jared Lee Loughner (that killed six people and wounded nine others–including the congresswoman), the mainstream/liberal media instantly pounced on “the violent rhetoric” by Sarah Palin and the Tea Party as the cause of Loughner’s mad shooting spree. Oh, and they did this within half an hour of the victims being shot, before any of the facts of the case had come in. To be specific, the likes of Andrew Sullivan (he of “Trig Truther” fame), Markos Moulitsas, Matthew Yeglesias, Paul Krugman, The New York Times Editorial Board and just about everyone at MSNBC immediately implied that “right-wing rhetoric”, and specifically Sarah Palin, were accessories to this tragedy. In fact, Markos Moulitsas even went so far as to tweet out “Mission Accomplished Sarah Palin” immediately after the shooting, and blamed her based an obscure map that she had put out almost year ago on her Facebook page “targeting” certain districts for the 2010 election. To quote Alex Knepper, according to liberals, “Guns don’t kill people, Sarah Palin’s metaphors do”. (See an image of her Facebook map below.)
Except that it didn’t take conservative bloggers long to learn that the Democrats had put up a similar “target” map in 2009 (before Palin did) stating which Republicans they wanted to “target” for opposing the now infamous stimulus bill.
Here in Oakland, in addition to two high-visibility state-wide races for senator and governor, we also have a hotly contested three-way race for mayor (plus seven other also-ran candidates) in our first “instant run-off” election, which in turn is generating much speculation how this will upset the usual electoral calculus.
Not to mention the almost smoking-gun evidence of a conspiracy by the local corrupt party* machine mayoral candidate, acting in concert with a supposedly-independent PAC to evade mutually-agreed upon campaign spending limits so as to spend the over half a million dollars extracted from all his “friends” from the unions and the other usual suspects, almost twice as much than his opponents combined.
So what is the daily political cartoon of the day that our local paper choose to reprint?
Well, we bring you this hot-breaking item from Delaware, via Missouri**…
Besides the ludicrous linking of O’Donnell to Nixon’s denial of criminal activity, why two weeks later after the issue first was manufactured is O’Donnell still being pummeled in almost every media modality?
And why, of course, is there no cartoon with Coons in the middle saying “I am not a Marxist”?
[Hint, hint...turnabout is fair]
And why no discussion of Coons’ youth by the press beyond Coons curt dismissal? Because only Republicans are held responsible for everything they might have said from nursery school on? Do
asses donkeys bray?
And why did our local paper see fit to publish this cartoon about a rather obscure race in Delaware (for Californians) that has previous attracted almost no attention besides a few AP briefs?
Though there is the silver lining is that 1) they aren’t attacking California Republicans for one day, and 2) they might actually help O’Donnell by drawing attention from California Republican donors. And it may well be that most readers will be scratching their heads in puzzlement.
And you’re going to tell me that there is no JournoList activity still going on?
Why that’s as ridiculous as telling me that mean Aunt Nancy also lied about Santa Claus…and that she forgot to tell me I was on the hook for all those neat presents Santa carries about on his sled. Next thing, she’ll be telling me is that
God The Goddess is a Democrat.
*Democratic. Did you really have to ask?
**John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri
(cross-posted at RedState)
As many of you might already know, I recently wrote a diary that explained not only the details of the Black Panther scandal, but also the MSM’s deliberate blackout of the story.
Well, since I last wrote that diary, a couple of new revelations have come to light with regard to this scandal…like, for instance, the fact that “the nice young man Mr. Holder let off the hook” (to quote Ed Morrissey) is actually a raving racist who “hates crackers” and wants to “kill all of their babies”. (H/T to Kenny Solomon for the video).
Furthermore, it’s also come to light (thanks to Andrew Breitbart) that that King Samir Shabazz, the head Philadelphia chapter of Black Panthers who was the one of the Panthers involved in the PA voter intimidation case, is also regularly preaching “revolution” and posing with guns when he’s not shouting about killing white babies on street corners. (Again, H/T to Kenny Solomon for leaving this link in the comments section of my original diary about the Black Panthers.)
And finally, there is a new video out of Black Panther Party leader, Malik Zulu Shabazz, praising Osama bin Laden. Is the MSM awake yet? Not yet?! Pathetic. (H/T Hot Air, Breitbart.tv and BigGator5 for the video.)
PS–It looks like, back in 2009, Malik Zulu Shabazz might have visited the White House. (H/T Jaded by Politics.) And the hits just keep on coming…. Is the MSM awake yet? Didn’t think so.
PPS–Just so you know, as Haystack pointed out in his excellent diary, our super competent and not a all corrupt DOJ has made it possible for these maniacs to visit polling places in Pennsylvania with their nightsticks again in 2012. However, they can currently visit other polling places in the country–they just can’t visit PA until 2012. I feel so much better now, don’t you?
UPDATE: Today, the Hillbuzz posted an explosive video from Fox News where they interviewed a Democratic activist who claimed that the Black Panthers–and many Democratic special interest groups similar to them–were intimidating Hillary supporters throughout the 2008 Democratic Primary. In other words, this incident in Philadelphia was not the first time that Obama supporters had engaged in some sort of voter intimidation. (See Jaded’s excellent diary for more details on this matter.)
It’s no wonder that Eric Holder and the MSM want to shut this story up as fast as they possibly can.
This Live Wire is cross-posted on Hillbillypolitics.