Playing the Trump card

Effort to tether tycoon to Mitt Romney oozes with hypocrisy

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Like footsoldiers sent out with marching orders every day, the “mainstream” news media continue to do this president’s bidding, with no pretense of objectivity and no discernible amount of shame.

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien this week seemed to have a bizarre personal stake in getting Mitt Romney adviser John Sununu to acknowledge that Barack Obama was born in the USA. Insisting that the “birther” issue is CNN’s obsession and not the Romney camp’s – and that there are much more important things to discuss – Sununu said, “I don’t want to bring it up.”

“I bet you don’t!” O’Brien snarkily replied.

That’s not the action of a serious or marginally objective news person; it’s the open frustration of an unabashed advocate who is talking to a political opponent.

This is largely why CNN’s ratings are famously tanking. It’s not just that their anchors and guests disagree consistently and fervently with anyone to the right of left field – the large plurality of Americans – but they’re actually hostile to such folks and their deeply held beliefs.

The birther issue has been raised again – by O’Brien and other lockstep liberals in the media, mostly – because of GOP presidential nominee-to-be Romney’s acceptance of support from business and media magnate Donald Trump.

Clearly the Democrats’ strategy this week, carried out dutifully by their minions in the media, was to try to tar Romney with Trump.

Just a few problems with that.

First, it shouldn’t be the media’s role to try to tar anyone in the guise of a newscast. It should be to simply present the news.

Second, no politician agrees on everything with every supporter, as Romney pointed out.

Third, liberals in the media are selling Donald Trump very short: While a bit windy, puffed up and indiscreet, Trump has amassed as much of a fan base as he has a fortune. He’s right about the free market, about unfair trade by China, about the diminishing of American prestige around the world, about the government’s massive overspending and more. And millions of conservatives appreciate his boldness and bluntness in taking these issues on.

But the largest problem with the liberal media trying to tether Donald Trump to Mitt Romney is their unconcealed hypocrisy in doing so. They desperately want to find Mitt Romney guilty by association with Trump – but they won’t have anyone do such a thing to Barack Obama, or bring up his truly unseemly associations. His 20-year America-hating, race-baiting pastor Jeremiah Wright? Homegrown terrorists William Ayers and Bernandine Dohrn, who helped launch Obama’s first campaign? Federal convict Tony Rezko? And “Uncle Frank”?

When a Romney supporter even thought of using the Rev.Wright in a political ad, the media went apoplectic and halted that in its tracks. And when the Rev. Wright himself alleged in a recent interview that another associate of Mr. Obama’s actually offered Wright a bribe to keep quiet in the 2008 election cycle, all you heard from the liberal media was a collective yawn.

Oh, but Trump is the issue of the week.

You can decide for yourself whether such things are relevant to the 2012 election. Like Gov. Sununu, we’d prefer to be talking about how to grow jobs.

But as long as the media want to make Mitt Romney answerable for the views of all his supporters, why don’t they do the same for Mr. Obama?

Wouldn’t that at least be fair?

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fedex227
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fedex227 05/31/12 - 11:29 pm
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Is it just me or has it

Is it just me or has it gotten to the point where you don't even need to read the editorials in the AC anymore - just the title. Talk about foot soldiers, hey ACES, how about an editorial on the recent 4-minute anti-President Obama video (Romney Ad) presented on Fox and Friends - derided by Democratic and Republican pundits alike. It will never, never, never, ever happen. Republican hacks.

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Retired Army 05/31/12 - 11:17 pm
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ACCOS writes about Donald

ACCOS writes about Donald Trump "While a bit windy".

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

As in Foghorn Leghorn is a "Bit Windy"?

"A bit windy." Wow. You have no idea of the peals of out right gut busting laughter you have evoked here in my home. My Gawidah, I'm so glad mama's out of town with the grandkids. She'd have me locked up for sure.

A bit windy? How ever will I get through my prayers tonite before retiring?

And all this time here I was being facetious in nicknaming you characters the Comical.

Thanks guys! I really mean that. "A bit windy". Hahahahahahahahahahahaha! G'night all. I just can't stand it. Hehhehheh!

burninater
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burninater 06/01/12 - 12:05 am
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You know, anyone with a litte

You know, anyone with a little backbone could distance themselves right quick from the Trump birther nonsense.

Obama publicly stated he was "outraged" and "saddened" by Wright, resigned his Church membership, and that went a long way towards sucking the wind out of that story.

It's a bit disingenuous to try to blame ol' Mitt's cowardice on the Big Bad Media.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 05/31/12 - 11:54 pm
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Signs of desperation

The lefties are getting so desperate they are stretching back 50+ years to when Romney was in high school, they are pulling the birth certificate shenanigans out of the archives and they are declaring a war on women.

Sorry, folks, but none of those "issues" will put food on the table or a roof over your head.

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burninater 06/01/12 - 12:07 am
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The lefties are getting so

The lefties are getting so desperate they are stretching back 50+ years to when Romney was in high school, they are pulling the birth certificate shenanigans out of the archives and they are declaring a war on women.
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Huh. And I thought the left had nothing to learn from the way the right operates.

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desertcat6 06/01/12 - 01:43 am
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Hey, where's TECHFAN and

Hey, where's TECHFAN and SPECTA? Guess they drew the second shift of attacking the editorial staff, poking fun at any anti-Obama/Left content, and pointing each other up. Good job ACES, you got them talking again. Now you need to figure out how to get them to stay on topic for at least a couple of posts.

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Jon Lester 06/01/12 - 03:20 am
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You know what?

You owe it to the most loyal of your followers to explain why, exactly, you feel the need to deflect the endless embarrassment of Donald Trump by bringing up someone the public got tired of 4 years ago, when you should be arguing why Mitt Romney's pro-austerity platform can succeed for America, even as it's failing spectacularly in Europe.

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ultrarnr 06/01/12 - 03:23 am
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Journalism
Unpublished

It is editorials like this that graphically show the AC is not serious journalism. You make Fox News look moderate.

copperhead
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copperhead 06/01/12 - 04:17 am
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All you folks that HATE the

All you folks that HATE the editorial staff for not drooling over hussein should just stop reading their material-simple!

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desertcat6 06/01/12 - 04:30 am
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The lack of an austerity

The lack of an austerity program is what is failing in Europe. As a result the banks got antsy and don't want to keep lending, investing firms downgraded countries, tax reciepts dropped dramatically, and those that can are shifting their money out of the failing countries by the billions. This is happening because there are no austerity plans in Greece, Spain, and other countries where the citizens decided not to be responsible, not to manage debt to income crisis and selected certain failure over austerity. Are we required to go down that same road, just because the Europeans are doing it?

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JohnBrownAug 06/01/12 - 05:09 am
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The Leftists want to

The Leftists want to disparage Romney supporter, Donald Trump. While Obama has so many fringe supporters they make Trump look like Mother Teresa with a bouffant hairdo. Why doesn't CNN zero in on one or two of these Outer Limits, Rosie O'Donnell types and let us have some real fun?

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carcraft 06/01/12 - 05:46 am
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America has lost over 120,000

America has lost over 120,000 millionaires under Obama ( no the rich don't get richer). More people on food stamps, the middle class and tax payers are getting squeezed and the clowns at CNN worry about Trump being a birther? Now here is what fun is. Obama sat for twenty years in Rev Wright's Church, was married there, his kids were baptized there and Obama named one of his book after a Rev Wright sermon. Nobody, REPEAT NOBODY in the lame stream media questioned Obama about "Black Liberation" theology upon which Rev Wright built the church!!! No one of the Main Stream media questioned Rev Wright about his connection with Farrakhan. http://sweetness-light.com/archive/obamas-mentor-gives-farrakhan-his-award Obama first said he could no more deny Wright than he could deny his family just before Rev Wright went under the bus…BWHAHAHAHAHAHA Yes Aces is correct to point out the hypocrisy of the lame stream media and boy are they disparate to tar Romney with anything from 50 year old youthful indiscretions (yes Obama has been smoking with the chom gang, shee.. aw, that’s the sound of Obama smoking with the Chom gang..) to Trump. Well Obama’s Rezko and Ayers connection were never really looked at very closely either were they?

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Techfan 06/01/12 - 05:52 am
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CNN started crashing and

CNN started crashing and burning when it decided to start cutting its bureaus and staff, swung to the right, and tried to become Faux News lite. It lost its reputation as a straight news agency and a goodly chunk of its audience. I would say it's due to the appointment of Ken Jautz. Look what they've done with HNL. Instead of 24 hours of news on a 30 minute cycle, it's become some sort of mish mash of tabloid junk. Faux viewers aren't going to switch no matter how far right CNN tries to go. Faux viewership is down as well. With an average viewer age of 65, many are dying off and younger viewers aren't replacing them. Faux has even made feeble attempts to move to the center, but years of right wing slant makes that almost impossible. Younger viewers know their rep as GOP propaganda, and they run the risk of alienating their surviving older viewers. The AC's futile attempt to paint CNN as left wing, while continuing to ignore the bias of Faux is amusing but, as usual, ignores reality.

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copperhead 06/01/12 - 05:59 am
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Techfan,please defend

Techfan,please defend hussein's relationship with ayers and dohrn.

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desertcat6 06/01/12 - 06:41 am
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America Lost 129,000 Millionaires in 2011

http://www.cnbc.com/id/47631154

Different study different result? Simply put, yes. Both TECHFAN and my reference are based on 2011 numbers from two different consulting/investment groups. One caters to millionaires and the other is a leading global management consulting firm. Guess which is which?

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Shea_Addams 06/01/12 - 06:51 am
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You are wasting your time
Unpublished

You are wasting your time desertcat6. Techfan is well known on this board for hunting until she can find a link that supports her POV, posting it (with no comment as to its reason or content) and ignoring and even belittling any and all information that contradicts her. It is a common liberal tactic.

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Techfan 06/01/12 - 06:51 am
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Oooooo. They lived down the

Oooooo. They lived down the street and served on a committee. Now let's have the birth certificate question.

desertcat6
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desertcat6 06/01/12 - 07:00 am
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No doubt, but I found it

No doubt, but I found it humorous that Drudge posted the link I put up yesterday, and there's a huge article on the BCG report in the Huffington Post today too. BCG report was actually published yesterday. WSJ blog on the Chicago based Spectrem Group was published on 21 MAY.

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owensjef3 06/01/12 - 07:09 am
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The editorials are becoming
Unpublished

The editorials are becoming as silly as the LTE's .

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owensjef3 06/01/12 - 07:53 am
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Tech fan thats how it is with
Unpublished

Tech fan thats how it is with Fox and the AC. Their admitted bias is better than the MSM's perceived bias. It makes it fair and balance. It's kind of funny to me.

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DuhJudge 06/01/12 - 07:21 am
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Regardless what the words are

Regardless what the words are saying, what kind of editorial style is this? It sounds like a one sided conversation with so many rhetorical questions. Like listening to someone who is speaking into a phone.

Techfan
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Techfan 06/01/12 - 07:25 am
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Yeah, the MSM totally ignored

Yeah, the MSM totally ignored the Reverend Wright thing. Evidently, events that were hashed over endlessly over 3 years ago should get equal coverage with events that are occuring in the present.

Shea_Addams
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Shea_Addams 06/01/12 - 07:25 am
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owensjef. Please give an
Unpublished

owensjef. Please give an example of Fox or the AC having "admitted bias." I doubt you can.

Techfan
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Techfan 06/01/12 - 07:26 am
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I agree, they don't have an

I agree, they don't have an "admitted" bias. Only an obvious one.

Shea_Addams
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Shea_Addams 06/01/12 - 07:28 am
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Hmmmmm...."events that are
Unpublished

Hmmmmm...."events that are occuring in the present." Interesting. I didn't know Romney was attending high school "in the present."

Only an obvious one? But the MSM totally ignoring the numerous law suits against the Obama administration over the unconstitutionality of the "affordable care act" is not an obvious bias?

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Techfan 06/01/12 - 07:31 am
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You missed the "hashed over,

You missed the "hashed over, over 3 years ago" part. If it's breaking news, or new information, go for it.

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Techfan 06/01/12 - 07:33 am
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Excuse me, the "hashed over

Excuse me, the "hashed over endlessly over 3 years ago" part.

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Rhetor 06/01/12 - 08:00 am
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Unbelievable. Absurd. The

Unbelievable. Absurd. The liberals are not bringing up the birther idiocy. The MSM sometimes reports it when the conservatives bring it up. Every time it dies out, some right winger makes a big deal of it. The ACES has even published an Op-Ed endorsing birtherism. Did the big bad liberals force you to do it? Are the libs now writing your editorial page? Are they putting you under mind control? It is, in fact, news when major Republican figures are so delusional. Do we want to elect birther government officials and trust our nuclear weapons to people who can't tell reality from fantasy? For Romney to associate himself with Trump is not only absurd, it is hideous. Even other conservatives are calling Trump names. If conservatives make a 4-year campaign of slamming the President of the United States over his perfectly legitimate birth certificate, they should at least act like adults and accept responsibility for what they have repeatedly and loudly said.

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Shea_Addams 06/01/12 - 07:34 am
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Hashed over, and dismissed by
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Hashed over, and dismissed by his sheeple.

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