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Two reasons why Obama not acting like a winning candidate:
negative ad barrage did not (as expected) knock Romney out
& suburban voters only “lightly attached” to his campaign

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:36 pm - August 27, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Obama Hopenchange

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For the better part of the year, even as President Obama enjoyed a modest lead in most polls, I wondered why his campaign was acting so desperate, perhaps because his approval remained below 50% or perhaps because rarely topped that number in head-to-head match-ups against Mitt Romney.

I’m not alone in noticing this.  On Friday, commenting on the biased media coverage of this campaign, RedState’s Erick Erickson titled his post, Not the Behavior of a Winning Campaign. (Via Ed Driscoll.)

Finding the tone of the “fundraising emails” he has “received from Barack Obama or his surrogates” increasingly desperate, John Hinderaker wonders “how bad must Obama’s internal polling be, to cause him to whine and beg in such pathetic fashion”.

I’ve wondered the same thing, but now I have another thought  — perhaps the Democrat’s internals track closely with the national polls and show that the $120 million he spent over the summer “in hopes of”, as John put it quoting an Obama advisor, “killing Romney,” hasn’t been as effective as they hoped.  The ads may have pushed Romney’s numbers down, but haven’t made him an unacceptable alternative to a failed incumbent.

Indeed, the polls are tighter now than when Obama began his anti-Romney advertising barrage.  And perhaps that’s what’s making the Obama team sound so desperate. Their strategy isn’t working.  They had hoped to have knocked Mitt Romney out by now, perhaps in the hopes of running a more upbeat fall campaign. (more…)

Will legacy media, in Tampa, push their narrative about the Republican Party or report the facts about Mitt Romney’s economic focus and his pro-growth agenda?

Just as I was starting work on a post on the jaundiced media narrative of the GOP, I catch sight of Bruce’s latest on the Franklin Center Symposium.  Seems that new media are doing so well largely because people are rapidly losing faith in more traditional sources of news.  According to Gallup, only 25% of Americans have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in newspapers, with only 21% having that kind of confidence in TV news.

That number is unlikely to budge much in the next few days.  Over the past week, we’ve seen our media spending more time obsessing over a Republican Senate candidate repudiated by his party for making a stupid statement (while ignoring a Democratic Senator ignored by her own party after insulting her partisan adversaries and accusing them of a “sickness“) than considering the actual policy statements of the Republican candidates for president and vice president.

Consistent with this coverage, the media, Jennifer Rubin predicts, as the Republican National Convention begins, “will talk about abortion much more than will any speaker.”  These folks aren’t there, she observes “to observe or to report, but to shape, massage and even distort what is said and done.”  (Read the whole thing.)

The mainstream media comes in to Tampa with one mission,” quips Micey Kaus, “and that’s to subtly give the impression that Romney is floundering” (Via Instapundit).

It seems that for the legacy media crafting a narrative consistent with Democratic talking points is more important the reporting the facts of a dynamic, resurgent and inclusive Republican Party.  No wonder public confidence in our news media continues to decline.

Franklin Center Symposium’s Transforming the Media Landscape
The Crisis and Opportunity in Journalism

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 3:22 pm - August 27, 2012.
Filed under: New Media,Republican National Convention

At this moment, I’m blogging from the Franklin Center‘s Future of Journalism Symposium. They have three sessions beginning today. The topic today is: “Transforming the Media Landscape: The Crisis and Opportunity in Journalism”.

The speakers are: Jason Stverak, President of the Franklin Center; Steven Greenhut, VP of Journalism for the Franklin Center; Will Swaim, Managing Editor at the Franklin Center.

Will runs the great website Watchdog.org which has non-profit reporters stationed in many of our state capitals.

This is a very informative panel discussing how Franklin Center came to be after many “for-profit” reporters were fired from their state capital “beats” after the 2008 recession. Franklin Center stepped up and through innovation formed a national network of reporters who are dedicated to telling the truth about the people’s government.

Great panel so far….

UPDATE: The symposium is being livestreamed at this link.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

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No, Mr. Obama, Romney is not the candidate with “extreme” views

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:01 am - August 27, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Media Bias

Once again, we see our friends at Yahoo! trying to help the Obama Democrats get their message out.  Just look at this headline which suggests that Romney view are “extreme” and Obama  is just talking about them:

Yup, the incumbent is calling his opponent “extreme”:

President Barack Obama said Mitt Romney has locked himself into “extreme positions” on economic and social issues and would surely impose them if elected, trying to discredit his Republican rival at the biggest political moment of his life.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Obama said Romney lacks serious ideas, refuses to “own up” to the responsibilities of what it takes to be president, and deals in factually dishonest arguments that could soon haunt him in face-to-face debates.

Amazing just amazing.  Do wonder if any president running for reelection has attacked his opponent the way Obama has, calling his rival’s positions “extreme” and saying his “lacks serious ideas.” Don’t recall Reagan ever doing it in 1984 nor Clinton in 1996, nor even W in 2004.

Speaking of serious ideas, what exactly are Obama’s plans to reform entitlements to prevent their insolvency and to realize that “net spending cut” he promised and to cut the deficit in half (by the end of his first term) as he pledged?

It seems rather that Mr. Obama’s the one lacking in serious ideas.  Mr. Romney, by contrast, tapped as his running mate a Congressman who has put forward (and otherwise articulated) many serious ideas.

(I would dare say the AP reporter never bothered to follow up on Mr. Obama’s attacks and misrepresentations.)

The real extremist in this race is not the challenger, but the incumbent.  He favors bigger government while most voters prefer smaller government with fewer services.  He pushed legislation overhauling our nation’s health care system, even as the bill lost public support during his campaign to pass it.  Even his position on abortion is extreme as John McCormack reminds us: (more…)