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Legacy media cover for Obama’s foreign policy failures

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.

RELATED: Kirsten Powers: More Americans will be put in danger if the media doesn’t start challenging the White House on Libya

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.



  1. The media is so far in the bag for Obama they have totally forgotten to cover the issues. They aren’t even putting a nice pro Obama spin on things, they are ignoring them while trotting out Romney gaffes as if they somehow matter.

    If Bush was in the white house-or really any GOP president and probably a democratic one not named Obama the media would have torn him to pieces over the Libya incident, the economy, Fast and Furious and various leadership failures.

    Shoot if the media were honest it would be demanding that Holder’s head roll and I can’t help but think they would be dragging the Secretary of State over the hot coals over Libya in addition to the president.

    The media has forgotten how to honestly cover the president to the point that I am not even sure they realize they have quit being honest.

    Comment by Just Me — September 28, 2012 @ 11:51 pm - September 28, 2012

  2. Has anyone ever explored the idea that if the worldview has a negative image of he US or of The leader of the US was appearing weak or feeble, that there might be old panicking. Yes O has been a bit slow on the uptake. And his team is really not focused.

    But please, folk really don’t understand what kinda f@cked up mess one has to consider everyday. Most of us just have the minor tribulations of workplace conflict and annoyances of co-workers, or are headed off on holiday, or have had the pleasure of spending time with family folk. . .the little ole position of POTUS. Puhlease. . .yes O and his folk have fucked up.

    But like I have said before, this election is not about putting this country on the right track bu is all abut knocking O outta the WHITE house.

    Comment by rusty — September 29, 2012 @ 12:58 am - September 29, 2012

  3. The other post had this

    Ann said it was hard
    During an interview early this evening with Radio Iowa, Mrs. Romney directly addressed her fellow Republicans who’ve criticized her husband.

    “Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring,”

    Step up and take over the POTUS

    Comment by rusty — September 29, 2012 @ 2:16 am - September 29, 2012

  4. True as it might have been, Mrs. Romney’s “break” was also sad and damaging. Self-pity is doom for candidates. They’re asking for the honor of representing and leading us. We expect them to act as if it’s a privilege, not a burden. Worse, an admission like this is a tell. Winning campaigns never allow themselves to seem frazzled or put-upon. And Mitt Romney himself has not, or not very much.

    Comment by rusty — September 29, 2012 @ 2:19 am - September 29, 2012

  5. rusty, what do your comments have to do with the point of the post?

    Do you think the media were right to ignore that Obama jetted off to a campaign fundraiser the day after the 09/11/12 attacks? And how do you feel about the president not meeting with his national security team the day after that attack, preferring instead the adulation of an crowd of adoring admirers?

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — September 29, 2012 @ 2:57 am - September 29, 2012

  6. As mobs attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and the embassy in Cairo, Romney’s campaign in a statement Tuesday night portrayed the administration as apologetic over the incidents. Romney himself repeated the criticism on Wednesday morning after it was apparent that U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three others had been killed in Libya.

    Fellow Republicans said the statement could be portrayed as political opportunism, and Obama told CBS News earlier in the day that Romney had a tendency to “shoot first and aim later.

    Comment by rusty — September 29, 2012 @ 9:45 am - September 29, 2012

  7. BDB, should Obama have pushed the pause button on his campaign?

    LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – President Barack Obama observed a cardinal rule of politics as he returned to the campaign trail on Wednesday: don’t interfere when your opponent is committing political suicide.

    As Republican rival Mitt Romney scrambled to contain the fallout from his reaction to the attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Libya and Egypt, Obama spoke broadly about the tragedy in a manner that emphasized the vast power he commands as commander in chief

    Comment by rusty — September 29, 2012 @ 9:57 am - September 29, 2012

  8. Up here in the People’s Republic of Seattle, there are alot of folk with connections with our wonderful military, Bremerton, Joint base LM in Tacoma, Everett etc.
    The U.S. has flooded the Persian Gulf with the largest armada ever gathered for a military exercise. More than 20 ships and participants from every continent except Antarctica are practicing a mission to keep Gulf waterways free from mines.

    Folk from different circles have been talking about the increase of folk in the area since June

    It is a tragedy that we lost those folk at the Embassy
    But one could consider the Obama response a tad bit cautious
    An overzealous reaction to the terrorists could have just fanned the anger that wss started with the release of the you tube video

    Staying on track, keeping his schedule my have been an important signal that Terrorist attacks aren’t going to strongly affect the O administration

    Comment by rusty — September 29, 2012 @ 10:16 am - September 29, 2012

  9. Obama bows to Asian leaders (Saudi Arabia and Japan); but does not bow to the Queen of England (as no leader of a republic should, BTW). Obama flies off to a fundraiser after white foreign service employees and staff are killed; so it is now very clear to me that Obama hates white people!. Take that Kanye West!

    Comment by Charles — September 29, 2012 @ 10:16 am - September 29, 2012

  10. But then you have this side. . .
    Giuliani said the White House was reluctant to admit al-Qaeda involvement because it wants to dismiss that threat following last year’s killing of Osama Bin Laden.
    “I think it’s because they have this narrative that they defeated al-Qaeda,” he said. “They never say the words ‘Islamic fundamentalist terrorism’. They want to wish it away. The president was moving on to Asia – he was going to declare this a great victory for himself and unfortunately, this terrible act of terror intervened in their very convenient narrative.”

    Comment by rusty — September 29, 2012 @ 10:36 am - September 29, 2012

  11. During George W Bush’s presidency, I remember talking with a college student friend of my son’s. This was after the flap about Bush saying Osama bin Laden wasn’t important. The friend was outraged. I asked if bin Laden was killed right now, would that mean terrorism and al queda would be gone? He admitted they’d still be around, so I pointed out Bush was correct. And now that bin Laden is dead, I see that al queda and terrorism are still around. And now how does President Obama deal with them?

    Comment by Louise B — September 29, 2012 @ 10:58 am - September 29, 2012

  12. rusty, you’re still not addressing the point of the post, Obama’s dereliction of duty and the media’s biased coverage.

    Perhaps, Mitt Romney slipped up in issuing his statement, but he’s not the president. And in this aspect at least, the one who currently occupies the office isn’t acting very presidential

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — September 29, 2012 @ 11:22 am - September 29, 2012

  13. Guess what, rusty?

    We don’t care.

    In fact, we REALLY don’t care.

    You see, rusty, we know what the game is; you’re a bigoted, desperate, and hypocritical shill who will do and say anything to get Barack Obama re-elected.

    You don’t care about truth. You don’t care about facts. You don’t care about bias. Indeed, you and your fellow talking-points repeaters were screaming that Romney was responsible for murdering a man’s wife because Obama told you to do it.

    This is tantrum-throwing. You and your fellow liberals are screaming at the top of your lungs and flailing your little fists because you want Barack Obama re-elected and have gone completely irrational to do it. Your only goal in coming here is to attack, berate, and break conservatives into letting you have your way, just like a three-year-old who throws a screaming fit to get his mother to give him candy.

    It’s not happening any more, rusty. You have been exposed as a deranged, hateful bigot who is so amoral that he will attack a man for adopting three children that you and your fellow liberals threw out as “unwanted”.

    You treat Dan like sh*t, rusty, and it’s not happening any more. He made a point. You called him a liar and tried to smear him. You can’t coherently or cogently argue because you can’t accept any viewpoint other than “Obama good, Romney bad”, so you attack and berate him.

    You truly do not care about anything other than getting what you want. You are a con man, a liar, a grifter who will do and say anything to try to worm his way into peoples’ good graces and will then try to take advantage of their being a better person than you are to rob from them and harm them.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — September 29, 2012 @ 11:53 am - September 29, 2012

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  15. Shorter Rusty “I can’t defend the O, so I am going to cut and paste all sorts of drivel.”

    Comment by The_Livewire — September 29, 2012 @ 5:07 pm - September 29, 2012

  16. “2.Has anyone ever explored the idea that if the worldview has a negative image of he US or of The leader of the US was appearing weak or feeble, that there might be old panicking.”

    this is the most stupid thing I have ever read, considering it comes from rusty i am not surprised.

    So rusty please tell, why you good boys of the left didn’t apply this noble sentiment during the bush years?

    At that time it was national sport to make the US or the leader appear weak, disorganized and constantly under friendly fire.

    Comment by susan — September 30, 2012 @ 1:09 pm - September 30, 2012

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