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Distraction Journalism

Some supposedly well-informed writers attempt, at the dawn of this election year, with an apparent straight face, contend that the incumbent president “as yet has not had a single significant scandal to his name.”  They get away with this because our supposedly even-handed legacy media choose not to report stories which, if they had occurred while there was a Republican in the White House, might generate real headlines.

And now when the president decides to kill a pipeline project which would require no additional outlay of federal funds, but would create jobs, reduce our dependence on Middle Eastern oil and thus decrease our energy costs, the folks at ABCNews have chosen to dwell on what was once called the “politics of personal destruction.”  As Conn Carroll puts it in the Washington Examiner:

There is only one story all conservatives should be talking about today: President Obama’s decision to kill the Keystone XL pipeline. Like House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, they should be contrasting Obama’s opposition to profitable, privately funded infrastructure, with his unequivocal support for taxpayer funded boondoggles like Solyndra and high-speed rail.

Instead, we are going to be talking about one of Newt Gingrich’s ex-wives, who gave a devastating interview to ABC News earlier this week, which they reportedly will air tonight.

Our friends at ABC aren’t just going after Newt.   They’ve also produced an empty and biased atory on Mitt Romney and Tax Havens. (Via Glenn Reynolds who has a lot of good links and commentary on the hit piece.)  Wonder if this was timed to distract from the Keystone Pipeline decision.  I mean, heck, Obama had until February to make up his mind.  Think maybe he did so now when the focus is on the contest for the Republican presidential nomination?

And isn’t ABC the very network that brought on a former Clinton official who, in a recent Republican debate (as our reader V the K put it) bombarded “Republican candidates with questions about social issues” so they could claim “Republicans are obsessed with/only want to talk about social issues”?

Take a gander at Yahoo!’s front page:
No mention of the pipeline decision. Or of the dribble of news about Solyndra and the politicized funding of “green” technology companies.  Solyndra isn’t the only such company facing financial problems after receiving federal cash.

Seems the only way to promote the image of a scandal-free Obama administration is to focus on the past misdeeds of and sensationalized reports about Republican candidates.

UPDATE: Jennifer Rubin’s analysis helps us see why the White House announced the decision this week (instead of waiting to give the project more serious consideration):

If it were not for the three-ring circus (apologize to circus owners everywhere) in the Republican primary, today would be really rotten news day for the White House. As suspected, the decision to put off the Keystone XL pipeline is turning into a mini-disaster, even in Democratic ranks.

Read the whole thing!



  1. Why is it Mitt Romney successfully investing private money at Bain is a scandal while Obama’s failed investment of public money into Solyndra (and 11 other failing green energy companies) and the Chevy Volt is not?

    (I am being rhetorical of course. We all know why.)

    Comment by V the K — January 19, 2012 @ 12:52 pm - January 19, 2012

  2. The MSM have their fangs out in their attempt to destroy Newt & Mitt since Obama cannot run on his record. Where was the MSM in vetting Obama? They didn’t. I expect a total backlash against the MSM at this point. It will happen sooner or later. MSM beware.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — January 19, 2012 @ 3:36 pm - January 19, 2012

  3. There’s no question that the MFM co-ordinates with the Obama administration to keep negative (but accurate and important) information about the latter from reaching the American people.

    Must be nice.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — January 19, 2012 @ 4:26 pm - January 19, 2012

  4. And people still pay attention to the MSM… Sebastian – I wish it were true that there’d be backlash but I won’t be holding my breath.

    I’m no Newt partisan and this latest surely doesn’t raise his stature but watcing the MSM is like watching a school of piranha feed on a hapless goat.

    If Newt was a Dem, it would take the National Enquirer to discover this.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — January 19, 2012 @ 6:59 pm - January 19, 2012

  5. For that matter, why is there (rhetorically again) zero MFM coverage of the parents of the Chair of the DNC being prosecuted for tax fraud?

    Again, we know why.

    Comment by V the K — January 19, 2012 @ 11:53 pm - January 19, 2012

  6. For that matter, the media never seemed to care about Bill and Hilllary’s open marriage.

    Comment by V the K — January 20, 2012 @ 5:34 am - January 20, 2012

  7. OMG, my 82 year old mother is staying with me this winter and she watches the nightly network news, so I’ve been exposed to that for the first time in years. I am really amazed at how little news is even presented. The other night was a small and very misleading story about Romney’s tax rate, a story about a car crash and how some military folks saved the day, a clip about a child model with Downs Syndrome, and few other fluff things. Anyone who gets there information from that source is going to be sadly uninformed.

    Comment by Hunter — January 20, 2012 @ 11:55 am - January 20, 2012

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