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Seems legacy media prefers Obama campaign* as sources**

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:24 pm - July 14, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Media Bias

Yesterday, for the third (or was it the fourth?) day in a row, I caught CNN while doing my cardio.  And once again, it seems that the majority of the network’s campaign/politics coverage originated in left-of-center blogs and Democratic talking points.

Once again, they talking about Mitt Romney’s record at Bain.*** At least on Friday, they finally offered Mitt Romney’s side of the story.  The network, according to Ed Morrissey, is even reporting 

. . . that the accusations from Team Obama of felonious conduct are sheer nonsense and lies — and got that message from four executives at Bain, two of whom are “active” supporters of Barack Obama.  John King spoke to all four, three of whom are Democrats, and all four said that Mitt Romney left Bain in a big hurry in 1999 in order to work full time on rescuing the Salt Lake City Olympics.  The rushed departure created a lot of paperwork headaches as Bain tried to unwind Romney from leadership, which required a significant amount of time.  That’s why the company had Romney’s name on their SEC paperwork the next two years . . . .

As yet this morning (PST), Yahoo! led with a story reporting that Obama remains unrelenting on bashing Romney’s job record.  And this even after fact-checkers have debunked the story.

This reminds us of two things, first the desperation of the Obama campaign and second, the bias of new sources like CNN.  The network ran with a story generated by the Obama campaign.

When, pray tell, have they run with a story (and continued coverage over a period of days) generated by a Republican campaign (outside of the primary cycle)?  Or one widely reported in the conservative/libertarian blogosphere, say, “all those unverified credit-card donations” to Obama’s campaign.

*and left-of-center blogs

**to Republican campaigns — and right-of-center blogs.

***Has CNN ever done a segment on the “38 instances in which [Obama’s] biographer [David Maraniss] convincingly disputes significant elements of Obama’s own story of his life and his family history“?



  1. I am a bit confused. The MSM is overwhelmingly liberal. It talks back and forth with each other. It sees FOXNews as a biased outlier preaching to an insular and finite choir. They do not see themselves as being insular and preaching to a finite choir because they bump into their soul mates in the media wherever they go and they believe they are making the logical editorial choices.

    Most of us have learned how the MSM paints the picture they present of reality and we give it scant attention and less credence.

    The greatest power of the internet is that we can find brilliant rebuttals to the goofiness of CNN, the NYT, Katie Couric, and all the high dollar mega players who are mired in their entrenched view of the world. Formerly, we wrote letters to the editor and engaged in other activities of throwing time and energy down a black hole.

    Constant opinion driven news has boomeranged on the MSM and they are engaging in their own rapid decline because of their haughty refusal to engage in acts of true journalism.

    The liberal troll will feel compelled to explain that FOXNews is ideologically driven and, therefore, just as biased as any media outlet. But this fails to explain why FOXNews is so strongly placed and growing. And it fails to explain why FOXNews gets so much mileage and viewership out of issues that the MSM ignores or misrepresents.

    Therefore, it seems natural that they would do what they do and always have done because they find constant affirmation from one another. They don’t, in their minds, preach to the choir, they present the news their viewers seek.

    There is supposed to be some sort of deference owed to the fourth estate and journalistic “integrity.” That is based on the assumption of a “public press” that is indifferent to political party or ideology. But the fact is that journalism is more driven by salacious gossip, inference and fraternalism than anything remotely related to “fair and balanced.”

    Newsweek and Time are just plain jokes in terms of being seen in anyway as the summary news resources they once were. Even The New Yorker, which was once hailed for its strict fact-checking, has decided there is more money to be mined in liberal political ideological pandering than in providing informative, unique views into the obscure corners of life.

    It should be possible to report the news without an agenda. It should be possible for the editorial hand to insist on agenda-free journalism. It should be possible for the media to use clear language and not repeat the spin and verbal chicanery that is so prevalent in political discourse. That is to say, the media should not aid and abet politicians in misleading discourse and demagoguery. “Hope” and “Change” deserved fundamental scrutiny. The MSM fundamentally adopted it without so much as a blink.

    We are now in the “brave new world” of citizen journalists taking on the job of the fourth estate on the internet. I love it. While one must be wary of sources, it is far easier to gather information on a given topic than ever before. I no longer subscribe to three newspapers and three weekly news journals. I no longer have any print media delivered to my mailbox.

    And CNN is stuck in the rut of depending on the same old worn out tired personalities who just keep on keeping on. They are no different from a tenured faculty that has retired behind the desk.

    Comment by heliotrope — July 14, 2012 @ 1:26 pm - July 14, 2012

  2. I still say that Romney needs to be specific and meet with Paul Ryan to offer projections as to how much the deficit will be reduced and by when. Also, meet with Eric Cantor and Ryan to project how a simplified tax code will contribute to deficit reduction and project what the unemployment rate will be over his four year term.

    The attacks from the Obama campaign has to be answered with much more force. He can´t be John McCain and say that Barak is a nice guy. Hugo Chavez just gave him that endorsement. As for the MSM being fair and balanced; it is as mythical as Obama´s Hope and Change. If any leftists had an ounce of sense they would see that Fox is fair and balanced. Juan Williams, Pat Caudell, Doug Schoen, Bob Beckel, Joe Trippi,and Jesse Jackson´s daughter are hardly conservative.

    Comment by Roberto — July 14, 2012 @ 2:08 pm - July 14, 2012

  3. The voters who will decide who is President will not begin paying attention to the election until the weekend prior to the election. They will read the Washington Post, watch CNN, A/C/NBC and learn what a cool, hard-working fellow Obama is, and what dastardly bastards the GOP are, and just how inexperienced, and – let’s face it – not quite legal Mitt Romney is.

    Those voters do the same thing every 4 years. Consider voting their patriotic duty, and listen all they can in the very short drive/walk to their assigned polling station. And, proud that they prevented some whacked bitch who can see Russia from her porch from being elected, they drive on to work and return to their shell for another 4 years.

    Comment by DaveO — July 14, 2012 @ 6:30 pm - July 14, 2012

  4. The Obama campaign is not paying attention or rather dismissing it. Being faithful to Alinsky´s Rules For Radicals which says, in essence, tell a lie long enough and people will believe it. Romney´s campaign has to hit back and hard, like Obama´s connection with Tony Rezko, who´s now doing time. Romney should not be like Senator McCain, who treated Obama with kid gloves and said he is a nice guy. Well Hugo Chavez just gave Obama his endorsement and called him a nice guy. That has to be worrisome, given Hugo´s alliance with Iran. Obama had said that Chavez is no threat to the U.S. even though he bought billions of dollars of warjets from Russia. Romney has so much with which he can hit Obama, and he should use it. As Leo Durocher said, ¨nice guys finish last.¨

    The MSM will probably ignore any defense of Romney even from the left. The MSM and left cable channels being fair and balanced is as mythical as Obama´s hope and change. In their criticism of Fox they have failed to note that among its regulars are, Juan Williams, Bob Beckel, Doug Schoun, Pat Caudell, Joe Trippi, and the daughter of Jesse Jackson. None of them can be called conservative. That to me is fair and balanced.

    Comment by Roberto — July 14, 2012 @ 7:18 pm - July 14, 2012

  5. The mainstream media will never be fair, and conservatives have to accept the fact that they are at a disadvantage with independent voters. They just have to work harder to get their message across.

    Comment by davinci — July 15, 2012 @ 7:32 am - July 15, 2012

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  7. The Tea Party is the seed of a very strong Liberty Tree. Since 0bamatax was first jammed, the seed sprouted. In 2010 it was a fairly large sapling. This November the canopy will spread coast to coast. 47 States Go Red …….. Romney Nov 6!

    Comment by Teapartyguardian — July 15, 2012 @ 9:44 am - July 15, 2012

  8. Other than preaching-to-the-choir, I don’t understand the thrust of the Obama campaign’s “Bain Strategy”. At this point in the campaign-cycle the battle should be shifting to the Centerist-undecided. Those likely “outraged” by the source-of-all-evil Bain Capital, and it’s Dark Prince Mitt Romney, never would have considered voting for him anyway.

    Those in the middle-class, non-partisan Center are sophisticated-enough in this day of the non-stop business news-cycle, CNBC and Larry Cramer are not be “shocked” by Bain Capital. Disappointed, probably disillusioned, …but not “shocked”.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — July 15, 2012 @ 12:20 pm - July 15, 2012

  9. I don’t understand the one ad with the worker claiming that business was thriving at his company until Bain took over. If it was thriving, what did they need a venture capital company for?

    Comment by TGC — July 16, 2012 @ 1:24 am - July 16, 2012

  10. Michelle Malkin also exposes how Team SnObama is telling the MSM how to write the narrative:

    If I were a journalist and any politician – no matter which party – told me how to do my job, I’d tell them to do something anatomically impossible to themselves. These libtards have no spines or cojones.

    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — July 16, 2012 @ 11:53 am - July 16, 2012

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