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If Obama spoke to a gathering of Mormons, would the media focus on the crowd’s criticism or the Democrat’s courage?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:30 am - July 12, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Gay Marriage,Media Bias

Returning home from a date to see The Amazing Spider-Man last night, I caught this leading Yahoo!:

Now, to be fair to the folks at Yahoo!, did acknowledge the applause Mitt Romney received at the NAACP meeting (dismissing it a tad by calling it “polite”), but this outlet like others (as I witnessed today via my left-of-center Facebook friends) focused on the boos, the hostile reaction.  Both Powerline (in their “Picks” section) and Instapundit (in this post) linked this report in Twitchy, Lapdog media play up NCAA boos for Romney:

As Twitchy reported this morning, Mitt Romney spoke at the NAACP National Convention in Houston. Predictably, his promise to repeal Obamacare was met with boos. However, his firm support of traditional marriage was met with applause (as was his support for the Keystone Pipeline and charter schools). You’d never know that, though, were you to watch mainstream media outlets. Those applause don’t suit the narrative! Are NAACP members drinking the H8R-ade? That doesn’t suit. So, ignore! Ignore like the wind!

It’s not just Mormons and evangelical Christians who support traditional marriage — and oppose state recognition of same-sex marriage.

Now, while our friends in the legacy media have played up the boos and, by and large, ignored the substance of a very solid speech, the presumptive Republican nominee addressed problems facing black Americans and discussed solutions consistent with free-market conservatism.  Seems folks in the legacy media would rather focus on the spectacle than the issues — while bemoaning how little people consider the issues.

Do wonder how the media would react if President Obama spoke to a meeting of leaders of the Church of Latter Day Saints.  Would the Democrat agree to address such a gathering?  If he spoke forthrightly as did Mr. Romney to the NAACP, I dare say the Mormon crowd would disagree with the speaker — and the media would spin the story as one of courage, a noble man daring to speak his mind before a hostile audience.

They could at least give Mitt Romney credit for speaking to a group whose leadership is openly hostile to the Republican Party and the conservative movement — and whose members tend to identify with the Democratic Party.

UPDATE:  Paul Mirengoff reports that Mitt “Romney received a standing ovation at the end of his address.”  If Mormons offered that response to a Democrat’s speech to their conclave, that would be the headline.

FROM THE COMMENTS:  V the K quips that, “If a conservative audience booed Obama, the MFM would be full of outrage over how “rude and hateful” the audience was.”

UP-UPDATE:  In this morning’s Morning Jolt (available by subscription), Jim Geraghty titles the lead item, “Boo Coverage that Focuses Relentlessly on Ten Seconds of Boos”.  Further evidence of a legacy media interested in spinning a story against a Republican?

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20 Comments

  1. Obama only makes appearances before groups of adoring cultists.

    Comment by V the K — July 12, 2012 @ 8:54 am - July 12, 2012

  2. If a conservative audience booed Obama, the MFM would be full of outrage over how “rude and hateful” the audience was.

    Comment by V the K — July 12, 2012 @ 10:07 am - July 12, 2012

  3. Obama speaking to Mormons? Hell, he won’t even go speak to the NAACP.

    Comment by Draybee — July 12, 2012 @ 2:34 pm - July 12, 2012

  4. Pretty certain anyone caught booing Obama would mean the press would lead with a headline that includes the word “racism.”

    Honestly I find it funny that Romney takes the time to give a speech to a group of people who are highly unlikely to vote for him while Obama takes their votes for granted and skips giving any speeches and instead sends Biden with a video taped message.

    Comment by Just Me — July 12, 2012 @ 8:56 pm - July 12, 2012

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