To get a sense of hot our friends in the mainstream media, check out this screen capture from Yahoo!’s home page this morning:
First, note that they lead with two stories critical of the surging Republican candidate. Wonder if Yahoo! ran this many stories critical about a surging Democratic candidate four years ago as a then-freshman U.S. Senator from Illinois rose in the polls. The article is amusing, particularly for the spin of writer Ryan J. Foley:
His links to the Koch brothers could undercut his outsider, non-political image among people who detest politics as usual and candidates connected with the party machine.
Says who? Did they interview any conservatives excited by his outsider appeal? Or just peddling this notion of Koch Brothers as nefarious insiders prevalent among left-wing bloggers, agitators and Beltway pundits as well as their flacks in the mainstream media?
Seems that ties to these entrepreneurial siblings are troublesome only to these folks on the left. We don’t hear from any conservatives about his such links could undercut his appeal. Indeed, Mr. Foley fails to quote anyone from the conservative rank-and-file or Tea Party activist who are concerned about these “links.”
(From now on, we need to ponder the use of “could” when referencing Republican candidates in the mainstream media.)
To justify the possibility of undercutting (suggested by that “could”, the writer only quotes a left-wing activist:
To some liberals, Cain’s rise with the help of AFP shows the incredible influence that outside groups controlled by super-wealthy individuals with specific agendas can have on the political process.
“Herman Cain is the first presidential corporate spokes-candidate,” said Scot Ross, a liberal activist who leads One Wisconsin Now, which has often mocked AFP as a front group for corporate interests.
Emphasis added. To some liberals? Interesting how this AP writer tends to frame his coverage of the Republican campaign.
UPDATE: John Hinderaker also takes note of the same slanted AP article and offered:
The Associated Press’s story of the day on Herman Cain relies on battlefield preparation that has been done over the last year by the far left: “Long ties to Koch brothers key to Cain’s campaign.” This is one of those wink-wink pieces; you wouldn’t really get the point unless you are aware of the left’s over-the-top campaign against Charles and David Koch, two of the very few seriously rich people who support conservative causes
Read the whole thing, especially as John more thoroughly eviscerates the writer’s attack.