Ed Morrissey catches a detail in the lastest Bloomberg poll which suggests that information is getting through the legacy media’s filter. “One month after Democrats bragged at their convention that they would pound Mitt Romney on foreign policy and national security,” he observes, “Barack Obama suddenly finds himself at a disadvantage on the issue of terrorism.”* He cites Uri Friedman’s post on Foreign Policy reporting that
The foreign-policy results of the new Bloomberg National Poll haven’t gotten much attention yet, but the survey contains some bad news for the Obama campaign. According to the poll, Mitt Romney has a 48-42 advantage over Barack Obama on the question of which candidate would be tougher on terrorism. Romney, in other words, has encroached on one of Obama’s signature strengths.
Polls taken earlier in September and in August, showed Obama leading Romney on the issue, usually by double-digit margins. If the legacy media had been doing their job this past month, the Republican might have opened up a double-digit lead on terrorism and national security, instead of just edging ahead.
Instead of covering Obama’s foreign policy/national security blunders, the legacy media have been covering for them. Democratic pollster Pat Caddell wonders why the media have not devoted much attention to the president’s decision to jet off to a fundraiser in Las Vegas the day after the terrorist attack on our diplomatic personnel in Libya:
First of all, we’ve had 9 days of lies…If a president of either party…had had a terrorist incident and gotten on an airplane [after remarks] and flown off to a fundraiser in Las Vegas, they would have been crucified…it should have been, should have been, the equivalent, for Barack Obama, of George Bush’s “flying over Katrina” moment. But nothing was said at all. Nothing will be said. […] It is [unacceptable] to specifically decide that you will not tell the American people information they have a right to know.
(Italics in original.) Via Instapundit. Each day we read an increasing number of reports showing how the White House narrative on the Libya attacks is at variance from what intelligence agencies knew — even on the day after the attack.
“This Isn’t Bias Anymore“, writes Ace, “This Is Simply the Communications Arm of OFA.
*The NBC/WSJ poll (released ten days ago) was, I believe, the first poll to pick up the president’s declining approval on foreign policy, with only 41% of independents approving. (I link Ace here because it was on his blog where I first read about that poll.) And outside of FoxNews, its seems only ABC News’s Jake Tapper was on the case.
UPDATE: Yesterday, doing cardio, caught Anderson Cooper on CNN and he started off the show on the story, but didn’t have any administration officials on to press them on their conflicting accounts.