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CNN readily responding to shiny objects dangled by Obama campaign?

Given the small size of CNN’s primetime audience, I wondered last week whether we should fret too much about the “news” network’s bias.  Still, it does make good sport to take note of their bias.

Last night and again this afternoon, while catching CNN during the cardio portion of my workout, I once again found the network exploring an issue raised by the Obama campaign (though, this time, with surprising even-handedness).  Still, they were covering the specific topic the Democrats wanted to discuss, Mitt Romney’s record at Bain, rather than the broader inquiry we should be making — into Obama’s record in Washington.

Last week, I recall seeing lengthy discussion at CNN of Mitt Romney’s adolescent antics.  And that week, the Romney campaign wanted to talk about the debt the federal government has racked up since Obama took office.  Did CNN cover that story with any depth?

This got me wondering whether or not CNN chooses (more readily) to cover those issues the Obama campaign wishes to discuss and downplay those issues pushed by his likely Republican opponent.

I will not have time today to investigate this hypothesis as I’m about to rush out to hear one of the few grownups in Washington speak at the sacred shrine of freedom in Simi Valley.  As time allows this week, I will try to check the CNN website to see if their programs tend to follow Obama administration talking points.

Time to investigate the legacy media investigators?

Over at Breitbart.com, John Nolte wonders what conservatives should do given the readiness of the legacy media to investigate the private lives of certain individuals who put Obama’s record in the spotlight or support his opponent:

So desperate is the media to Palace Guard for their Precious One that everyday Americans who dare ask Obama a question he flubsappear in a Romney campaign ad, or donate to a pro-Romney super PAC, are now considered fair game.

But if this is the new MSM standard, what are those of us in New Media to do? In a perfect world we wouldn’t be faced with this question because in a perfect world the media has integrity and would never even consider attacking and intimidating private citizens.

Read the whole thing.

Should conservatives now start investigating the private lives of these journalists?

No, not their personal lives, but should at least inquire into their ideological affiliation.  They do seem to be working in tandem with the Obama campaign.

We should at leas be asking them to indicate whether or not they have communicated and/or collaborated with that campaign, the Democratic party, its various auxiliaries and allies — and should investigate to the best of our abilities their ties to such outfits.

Obama’s continues to support Washington’s sclerotic status quo

On Saturday, Michael Barone linked a Weekly Standard piece by Yuval Levin which he described as a “must read”, adding that “the Romney campaign should definitely read the whole thing, and act on it.” Having read the lengthy essay, I agree.

Yuval offers a sound means for Romney to approach the issues facing the country in the current campaign and to advocate for real reform (some might call it to put forward his hopes for change).

And Levin offers a sharp critique of the incumbent’s sustained support for Washington’s sclerotic status quo:

His express objectives are to protect our existing entitlement system from structural reforms, to increase the tax burden on investment and employment, to further empower and liberate regulators, and to bring more of our economy into the public sector. His economic policy is unimaginative in the extreme—combining early-20th-century social democratic theory with mid-20th-century pork barrel politics. His answer to the government’s fiscal woes is to squeeze the military and the taxpayer to buy a few more years of denial. In every respect, he stands for stagnation and stasis, for defensive consolidation rather than aggressive growth. He thinks the best we can do is to manage decline.

Simply put, President Obama has no interest in a new way of thinking about America’s prospects, and therefore essentially nothing to offer to assuage the public’s growing anxiety. All he can do is try to direct that anxiety away from himself. He is at best irrelevant, at worst a great impediment, to the effort to keep America growing in the new economic order we are entering.

Like Barone, I urge you to read the whole thing.

Obama: different today from his 2008 media image?

Isn’t it fair,” asks Jim Geraghty on Friday, “considering the poor job the press did in examining much of” Barack Obama’s life, to ask if the Democrat “is just a fundamentally different man than the image that was presented to the country in 2008?”

Interesting how so many of our friends in the legacy media back then didn’t spend much time investigating the image of the candidate produced by his campaign.

Slow blogging at GayPatriot. . .

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:45 am - May 22, 2012.
Filed under: Blogging

It seems that my quest for some distance from blogging has finally caught up to me. I thought I would take the weekend off, then resume blogging at full steam yesterday, but I had other things on my mind; and it was nice not to have to think about politics as much as I normally do.

Does seem so people are so obsessed by it — that if they can’t talk about politics, they have nothing to say.  (Saw someone just like that last night–even at a panel related to the entertainment industry, he kept turning it back to politics, blaming Bush for Obama’s spending binge.)

There are a number of issues I do wish to address, have yet to weigh in as I would like on the Romney campaign’s awkward handling of the Grenell matter, given that I’ve had time to reflect on it since the story broke. And there’s still much to consider related to the president’s recent fundraising plea directed to the gay community.

(I had actually thought this would be a longer post and I do hope to start blogging regularly again tomorrow, but just needed to take a break. I feel a bit like I used to feel after I ran road races, particularly half-marathons, felt a kind of exhilaration for my effort, had enjoyed the experience, but needed a few days before I could get back up my pre-race pace.)