On Wednesday, Walter Russell Mead (from whom I learned the term, “legacy media”) blogged that President Obama has been complaining how the media just doesn’t like him. (Via Powerline Picks.) As most anything by Mead, this one merits your attention.
Wonder why Mr. Obama isn’t grateful to media Mead labels mainstream (MSM) in this particular post for not showing greater interest in administration embarrassments, like the bankruptcy of Solyndra (and other “green” energy companies receiving federal money) and the Department of Justice’s “Fast and Furious” program and the failure of that department to provide more than 90% of the documents subpoenaed by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (related to said program). Not to mention the near obliviousness to his budgets which even his fellow partisans in Congress reject.
“Few incumbents”, observes Mead, “have ever had this kind of support from the Fourth Estate; few challengers have ever had such a hard time getting a break from the media as Governor Romney.” (Emphasis added.) It does seem the media amplify every error Mr. Romney makes — or they perceive him to be making.
Maybe that’s changing. The New York Times reported yesterday that the presumptive Republican frontrunner had helped a Texas couple (“who could not qualify for a mortgage”) buy a home that they had once rented from him. (Via Powerline.)
We can only hope that the publication of this article marks a change in the media coverage of Mitt Romney. Previously, their focus had been largely critical, with critiques strikingly similar to attacks coming from the Obama campaign.
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