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NYT fascinated by Mr. Romney’s Neighborhood
(but indifferent to Mr. Obama’s)

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:18 am - June 7, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Media Bias

Over at the Weekly Standard, Mark Hemingway wonders if the New York Times could. . .

. . . spare a reporter to tell us more about the circumstances behind Barack Obama acquiring and expanding his Chicago mansion? It seems to involve an unusual arrangement with this Tony Rezko fellow, and I wonder if there’s a story there? Also, have you talked to any of Obama’s neighbors? They seem like a colorful sort.

You see our friends at the Old Gray Lady saw fit to dispatch a reporter to LaJolla to talk to Mr. Romney’s neighbors.  Four years, they didn’t seem interested in Mr. Obama’s.  But, then again, reporters tends not be interested in a politician’s neighbors.  And the Times folk were most interested in finding those who grumbled the loudest:

Little did Mr. Romney know that his efforts to quadruple the size of his house would collide with a bid for the White House, foisting the unpredictable dramas of home renovation and presidential politics onto a community that prides itself on low-key California neighborliness.

So now, after overcoming the distrust of social conservatives and evangelical voters to clinch the Republican nomination, Mr. Romney must win over another constituency, one that his campaign team never anticipated, polled or targeted: disaffected neighbors.

It will not be easy.

Um, Mike, (that’s Michael Barbaro under whose byline the article is published), you’re the only one making the presumptive Republican nominee’s plan to expand his home collide with his bid. If you didn’t try to make news out of this story, it wouldn’t be news.

And this Times reporter, like his colleagues ever eager to push a media narrative, did make sure to find gay couples unhappy with a Republican candidate.  Hemingway even referenced this in his title, “NYT: Mitt Romney Still Bullying Gays… With His House”.

This article does do one thing, provide further proof that the editors at the New York Times choose to scrutinize more thoroughly the Republican candidate for the White House than they do the Democratic.  They will leave no stone unturned in their goal to unearth the most insignificant dirty on a Republican, going where no reporters have gone before.

And when it comes to stories unfavorable to the Democrat, well, they’re not really newsworthy.

FROM THE COMMENTS:  Bill G translates the Times’ motto, “All the news that’s fit to print” into “All the dirt about Republicans we can find, infer or impute”.  That just about sums it up.

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  1. “All the news that’s fit to print” translates into “All the dirt about Republicans we can find, infer or impute”.
    Only when it becomes completely embarrassing to ignore will a negative story about a lib see print.

    Comment by Bill G — June 7, 2012 @ 6:47 am - June 7, 2012

  2. [...] love it. As Gay Patriot points out, the Times’ Michael Barbaro even searched for a gay couple to attempt to smear [...]

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  3. Gee, don’t ya get it? The Dems are the nice guys who only want to help (with other people’s money) and the R’s are the evil rich guys who have all that money and are too selfish to let the government take it and spread it around. So naturally the press must dig for any means to “prove” their narrative. The press has no reason to dig up info on the nice guys because their intentions (not results) are so pure and noble. Gag!

    Comment by TexasMom2012 — June 7, 2012 @ 8:11 am - June 7, 2012

  4. [...] love it. As Gay Patriot points out, the Times’ Michael Barbaro even searched for a gay couple to attempt to smear [...]

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  5. [...] the whole thing. I’m sure this is something the MSM will continue to ignore.Update: Speaking of the MSM ignoring Obama’s past, they’re too busy looking for neighbors who don’t like Mitt Romney.google_ad_client = [...]

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  6. When you report on the Messiah, you tabulate the miracles and the wonder of the man.

    When you report on the rich mortal who deigns to unseat the Messiah, you must dig deep into his wicked ways so that the people may clearly understand the depravity of the man.

    What worse can be revealed of a man who inserts himself into “a community that prides itself on low-key California neighborliness” and overbuilds a house?

    Think on that a moment. Romney forces “low-key California neighborliness” to talk snarky to a New York Times reporter looking for dirt on Mitt Romney. What is he, some sort of Republican with conservative tendencies?

    These rich Republicans just do not know their place. There ought to be some sort of Social Justice Czar for protecting “low-key California neighborliness” from the intrusion of such people. After all it is Romney who forced them to turn into a babbling hen house of gossiping, disapproving, rattled old biddies. And it took the NYT to courageously bring us their plight.

    Comment by heliotrope — June 7, 2012 @ 9:40 am - June 7, 2012

  7. You can’t find what you are not looking for.

    Comment by TnnsNE1 — June 7, 2012 @ 9:51 am - June 7, 2012

  8. The media’s left-wing bias is undeniable. So, naturally, they try to deny it. “Biased? Who? Us? How?”

    As Dan pointed out, the bias comes powerfully in the selection and framing – in other words, in the manufacturing – of so-called “news stories”.

    Still, the media occasionally feels compelled to report a real story: something happening in the world, that others have spread the word about. I’m shocked to see this story as the top headline on Yahoo, at the moment: SWAT-ting attacks on conservative bloggers prompt calls for investigation. It picks up the theme of last week’s ‘Brett Kimberlin, Terrorist Murderder Who Harrasses Critics’-fest and does a decent (if quick) job of presenting Patterico’s, Erick Erickson’s, and RS McCain’s stories.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — June 7, 2012 @ 10:32 am - June 7, 2012

  9. [...] love it. As Gay Patriot points out, the Times’ Michael Barbaro even searched for a gay couple to attempt to smear [...]

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