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?