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Yahoo! & the legacy media’s culture of racist assumptions

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 8:18 pm - August 29, 2012.
Filed under: Media Bias

Why does the behavior of two boorish participants at a political convention mention this kind of coverage?

Well, the story does fit the media narrative of a racist Republican Party. We don’t even know if the two people who engaged in what the convention organizers rightly called “deplorable behavior” were even Republicans.

Interesting that the source of the story is David Shuster a man with a reputation for anti-Republican bias.  (He now works for Al Gore’s CurrentTV.)

It appears,” report that staff at Twichy, that “Shuster didn’t actually witness the nut-throwing event. It’s also worth mentioning that Shuster, who was indefinitely suspended from MSNBC in 2010, has been a frequent topic here at Twitchy, known more for his deplorable behavior than for his veracity.”

What is more newsworthy that the juvenile antics of two unidentified convention participants if what one identified Yahoo! bureau chief did say:

Yahoo News has fired Washington bureau chief David Chalian after he was caught on a hot-mic during an online video broadcast saying that Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, had no problem with African Americans suffering as a result of Hurricane Isaac, a source familiar with the situation tells POLITICO.

“They’re not concerned at all. They’re happy to have a party with black people drowning,” (more…)

Chris Christie, like Paul Ryan, reminds us that the Republican is the party of real reform

Last night, after having dinner with a friend, we ended up, pursuant to part of our conversation, watching the first half of Excalibur, a flawed, but very (very, very) watchable movie.  As a result, I missed the two “big” speeches at the Republican National Convention last night.

When I did scan the web last night, I learned that conservative bloggers andpundits, while almost unanimous in loving Ann Romney’s speech, had mixed views on Chris Christie’s.  Byron York thought the New Jersey governor’s address did not succeed. Jonah Goldberg called it “a mild disappointment.

Jennifer Rubin and John Podhoretz liked the speech, with the latter citing the governor’s failure to attack the incumbent indicated instead a suggestion

. . . that the electorate in November would turn to the Republican ticket because it understands better than politicians the depth of the country’s problems — and that only the Republicans would speak honestly about them and the need to change course before it’s too late.

Perhaps, the reason Christie highlighted his own record was to show that understanding and that even thought Republican leaders in state houses across the country face incredible obstacles to reform, but are nonetheless pushing ahead with solutions to their jurisdictions’ problems.

Christie’s goal, in short, was to warm up the audience for Paul Ryan, showing that Republicans have solutions to the nation’s fiscal problems.

In the interview with the other Republican elected to replace a Democratic governor in 2009, the National Review’s Jim Geraghty asks a question which shows not just that Republican governors have championed reforms, but that reforms has helped improve the economic situation in their states: “Completely coincidental“, he quips “that all of Obama’s national policies are only working in those Republican states, huh?”  (I.e., states where Republican governors have enacted real reforms.)

“What Paul Ryan brings to the ticket”, adds that governor, Virginia’s Bob McDonnell,

 is a seriousness about the incredible challenges facing America. (more…)

Obama’s gaffes fall on deaf ears of legacy media

Would Barack Obama enjoy the adulation he does among veteran journalists and Democratic partisans if those journalists treated him like they have such Republicans as Todd Akin, Sarah Palin and former Vice President Dan Quayle?

Every time one of those individuals misspoke, our national news media highlighted the gaffe as if it were a defining moment in American public discourse.  And in so highlighting it, they often did make a defining moment in our media-saturated culture.

Reminding us how Quayle’s spelling error in 1992 “was carried on every news wire, every news program and in every late night TV monologue“, Michael Ramirez speculates that

Quayle’s mind must have been on other things. It wasn’t like he repeated the mistake in all 57 states, or more precisely in Beaverton, Ore., in May 2008; or while traveling on the “Intercontinental” railroad in Cincinnati on Sept. 23, 2011; or perhaps, while he was speaking to the “President” of Canada in Chicago on Aug. 7, 2007.

He might not have known how to say it in “Austrian” while in Strasbourg, France, on April 5, 2009; or perhaps he was thinking of “Polish Death Camps” at the White House on May 30, 2012; or thinking about when he met with world leaders in that splendid “Asian” city, Honolulu, on Nov. 16, 2011.

Read the whole thing.  (Via Powerline picks.)  “The mainstream media”, Ramirez adds, “didn’t seem to think these incidents were worthy of a media feeding frenzy, unlike those of poor Dan Quayle.”

It seems that if a Democratic politician makes repeated gaffes, those gaffes don’t make a sound to the legacy media.

Watcher of Weasels — Last Nominees of August 2012

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:36 pm - August 29, 2012.
Filed under: Blogging,Conservative Ideas

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Americans remain unaware of Mitt Romney’s great empathy

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:34 am - August 29, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election

Given Barack Obama’s record in the White House, it seems odd that one of the few issues where he regularly leads his Republican rival is empathy.  Just yesterday, CBS News reported that their latest poll

. . . shows that half of registered voters think that Mitt Romney does not understand their problems, reflecting an empathy gap with President Obama as Romney prepares for his acceptance speech at the Republican nominating convention.

Only 41 percent of Americans said Romney understands their needs and problems, compared to 54 percent who feel Mr. Obama understands their needs and problems.

And this is not the only survey to show what CBS writers dubbed an “empathy gap.”  Perhaps, the reason is simply the stories the news networks tell.  The incumbent is cold, often aloof.  Mitt Romney while sometimes awkward in public has a long record of helping neighbors and friends in need.

It’s just that he doesn’t boast about it.

When I asked at the beginning of July if Obama had ever (personally) helped individuals in need, no reader could come up with a single example.  Maybe Obama did help out at one time or another, but the stories aren’t easy to track down.

The stories of Romney’s good deeds, however, are legion. “At every turn in his life,” his wife said last night, “this man I met at a high school dance, has helped lift up others.”

Almost every personal detail about Romney“, writes Andrew Ferguson about reading the Republican nominee’s biography

 I found endearing. But my slowly softening opinion went instantly to goo when The Real Romney unfolded an account of his endless kindnesses—unbidden, unsung, and utterly gratuitous. “It seems that everyone who has known him has a tale of his altruism,” the authors write. (more…)

MSNBC sees only white Republicans

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:55 am - August 29, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Media Bias

“At the RNC there’s obviously no red America,” wrote a friend on Facebook, “no blue American, only white America. . . . ”

This individual must be getting her news from MSNBC as was apparently the Daily Caller’s Jeff Poor:

One of the left’s favorite attacks on the Republican Party is that it is the party of old white people, devoid of diversity and probably racist.

If you were watching MSNBC’s coverage of the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Tuesday night, you might believe those assertions, since missing from the coverage was nearly every ethnic minority that spoke during Tuesday’s festivities. (more…)