For some, this election is about numbers, but it is so much more than that. It’s about businesses closing after generations. It’s about college graduates being forced to move back in with their parents. This election is about lives, careers, futures. That is why the choice is so very clear.
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.”
Late on Monday evening, for one brief shining moment, it looked like the heavy storm clouds brewing over the 2012 RNC convention rules might disappear like so much vapor…
That is, until delegates began to look closely at the compromise—what it included, and what it didn’t.
As a groundswell of press has indicated over the last 24 hours, the consternation over proposed procedure has focused primarily, though not exclusively, on two rules: 12 and 15.
What do these two rules do?
As initially passed by the Rules Committee, Rule 15 would have required ALL states to pledge ALL delegates. Moreover, the rule would would have given candidates ultimate veto power over individual state delegate elections by subjecting nearly all delegates to candidate approval.
Rule 12—nicknamed “the rule to end rules”—would give the RNC and the Romney campaign the power to change any convention rule they like between now and September 30, 2014, provided they have a 3/4 majority of the RNC membership. The 3/4 majority was actually an amendment offered by committee members who didn’t have the votes to defeat the rule outright, but who wanted to at least try to slow down any damage.
Either of these rules alone would amount to the creation of a soviet within the Republican Party–a central oligarchy, with the states functioning as little more than controlled satellites and delegates as hollow apparatchiks. If you like kabuki theater, step right up! If you think dissent is a healthy thing that should be entertained within a party discussion, well, hey, that’s not really convenient, so just shut up.
Even establishment party leadership in numerous state delegations have been complaining—some of them quite loudly—about what’s being aptly described as a blatant power grab.
Developed in an effort to ensure “unity,” these rules have, in fact, yielded just that…but not in quite the way the people who created the rules expected. Rather than quelling dissent over a presidential nominee, they have brought clear-thinking establishment and Tea Party delegates together in deep concern and abject disgust.
Until Monday evening, the Rules Committee was preparing to do something it hasn’t done in quite some time: issue an official minority report. A preliminary draft of the report unhesitatingly recommends that the proposed Rule 15 language be rejected in favor of prior procedure.
In an attempt to smooth a multitude of ruffled feathers before Tuesday’s floor session, the Rules Committee announced a compromise that is now making the rounds. Some are falling for the compromise, believing that a crisis has been neatly averted.
However, the rule doesn’t actually solve the problem. In fact, it is a misdirect, much like those used by clever prestidigitators.
What does the compromise provide?
Ostensibly, it restores the right of the states to elect delegates according to their own current procedures, while ensuring that pledged delegates would indeed have to vote on the first ballot for the candidate to whom they are pledged.
Sounds reasonable right? Compromise reached, minority report goes away, hubbub on the convention floor silenced before it starts, and embarrassment for the RNC and/or the Romney campaign avoided, right?
Here’s the thing…
The compromise doesn’t address Rule 12…and if Rule 12 passes, Rule 15 language—or any other rule for that matter—can be rewritten whenever the RNC and the Romney campaign like…for the next two years.
Yes, three-quarters of the RNC membership is a high threshold. But rest assured, it can be achieved—by much the same process that votes for bad legislation are lined up in Washington.
Curiously, there was no official minority report prepared regarding Rule 12, despite the fact that many members are deeply concerned about it. And because Rule 15 has not been called out in an official minority report, delegates will have to vote up or down on it as part of the total rules report.
There’s definitely more unfortunate news in the Rules Report, not just for the grassroots, but for states. Unfortunately, delegates will have precious little time to read the rules over on the floor tomorrow and separate the wheat from the chaff. The best possible way to avoid a problem and ensure that the state delegations and individual RNC delegates retain any authority is for 2012 RNC delegates to reject Tuesday’s Rules Report in full and insist that 2008 convention rules are retained.
The Rules Report is expected to come up on Tuesday afternoon. Time is running out!!!
If you belong to the Republican Party and want to ensure that your ability to influence state and national party decision-making cannot be utterly destroyed on the whim of the RNC or a campaign, start contacting your state party leadership and state party delegation PRONTO!
If you’re an RNC delegate, protect the integrity of the party by rejecting the Rules Report in full.
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From the Morning Fix:
It’s official: The 2012 presidential campaign has hit rock bottom.
In the course of the last week, the following things have occurred:
[list type="arrow"] [li]* Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Mitt Romney hadn’t paid taxes in a decade, but refused to name his source.
* President Obama referred to the Republican presidential nominee as “Romney Hood” because he allegedly robs from the poor to give to the rich.
* Romney dubbed Obama’s alleged exaggerations about his record as “Obama-loney.”
* A Democratic super PAC ran an ad that not-so-subtly suggested that Romney’s actions led to the death of a woman.
* The Romney campaign released an ad accusing Obama of working to “gut” welfare reform, a claim that independent fact-checkers found highly questionable.
President Obama’s policies have failed and have made our economy worse. He’s invested taxpayers’ money into failed projects, rejected domestic energy production and wants to raise taxes to increase government spending. Because he can’t stand on his record, he is resorting to the politics of envy and division, oftentimes promoting his policies as “fair.”
President Obama calls for fairness, but ironically his failed policies are anything but fair to Americans who are trying to find work and make ends meet in this economy.
Invests taxpayers’ money into failed projects. Rejects domestic energy production. Raises taxes to increase government spending. President Obama calls for fairness, but ironically his failed policies are anything but fair to the American people. House Republicans have a jobs plan: http://jobs.GOP.gov
http://radioequalizer.blogspot.com – have a squeaky-clean opponent? Hey, that’s no problem, just invent scandals out of thin air!