No medium for these media

Some 'news' outlets seek to protect the left, defy GOP convention

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As increasing numbers of his former supporters agree, there’s no objective reason for Barack Obama to even be close in the polls – except for one: the news and entertainment media that can’t stop slobbering over him, even as Americans suffer his failures.

Don’t just take our word for it: Even Barack Obama himself said he wouldn’t be re-elected with this kind of record. Speaking of an economic recovery, Obama told NBC’s Matt Lauer in 2009, “If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.”

You don’t need any more economic news to know he’s failed on that front, but the latest is quite telling: Median household income fell 4.8 percent since the recession ended in June 2009.

In short, households have done worse since the Obama “recovery” supposedly started.

“Obama knows,” writes Rick Manning of Americans for Limited Government, “if the people focus on the fact that their wages are actually shrinking more during his recovery ... he’s going to be hiring moving vans on Jan. 20, 2013.”

If so, they’ll have to drive over the liberal media’s dead bodies.

And they even admit it.

Arthur Brisbane, outgoing public editor of the New York Times, admitted in a recent column, “Across the paper’s many departments ... so many share a kind of political and cultural progressivism – for lack of a better term – that this world view virtually bleeds through the fabric of The Times. As a result, developments like the Occupy movement and gay marriage seem almost to erupt in The Times, overloved and undermanaged, more like causes than news subjects.”

ABC News’ Jake Tapper acknowledged Sunday, ever so timidly, that in 2008, Mr. Obama had “everything going for him. You had the media, perhaps, tilting on the scales a little bit.”

Other assessments of liberal media water-carrying for Mr. Obama are less reserved.

More recently, as Investors Business Daily notes, “NBC launched its coverage of the GOP convention by essentially accusing Mitt Romney and the GOP of having a racist agenda to oust a black president.”

Sometimes the bias is embedded in what isn’t done: As media watchdog Newsbusters.org notes, NBCNews.com compiled the “notable” speeches from the Republican National Convention Tuesday night, and, “Wouldn’t you know it, the speech of Artur Davis – the former Democratic congressman from Alabama who seconded Barack Obama’s nomination for the presidency at the Democratic convention in 2008 – was not included in the list.”

Meanwhile, Newsbusters reports, liberal cable channel MSNBC did its best to skip showing speeches by minorities, including Texas senatorial candidate Ted Cruz: “MSNBC stayed on commercial through former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis’ speech, as well. Davis, who recently became a Republican, is black. Then, when Puerto Rican Gov. Luis Fortuno’s wife Lucé Vela Fortuño took the stage minutes later, MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews opted to talk over the first lady’s speech. And Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval? Noticeably missing from MSNBC, too. Mia Love, a black candidate for Congress in Utah, was also ignored by MSNBC.”

It all figures into what seems to be an actual, conscious media strategy to portray the convention as racist. And it creates the kind of charged climate you might expect: Someone Tuesday changed rising conservative star Mia Love’s Wikipedia entry to call her a “dirty, worthless whore” and a “house n----r.”

Well done, oh liberal Captains of Civility!

We’re just old enough to remember when journalists covered political conventions, rather than trying to cover them up.

But then, there’s a Democratic incumbent to protect!

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rcandrews
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rcandrews 09/01/12 - 12:28 am
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There’s no reason for Obama to even be close in the polls

Really? Have you seen whom the RNC put him up against?

Two elections in a row the GOP have thrown the election.

Think about that for a second and get back to me.

Until our income tax is kept from Uncle Scam's greedy little paws The Circle Will Remain Unbroken.

One generation's compromise is another generation's debt.

Democrats and Republicans created this mess and they should be the ones who pay for it.

And seeing how they are all collectivists how about we tax them @ of say 99% of their income until they pay for the mess THEY created?

There's a tax I can get behind, The Republicrat Tax.

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Riverman1 09/01/12 - 04:16 am
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The Retiring NY Times Editor

The retiring NY Times editor laid it out for everyone. The national press is progressive and it permeates their reporting.

MSNBC in many cases would show about half of Republican speeches and then cut in to have Al Sharpton, Matthews and Maddow tear up the speech while the speaker was still on. I mean the speech wasn't even finished. What was that show on the Comedy Channel that used to show old movies and have guys making fun of the dialogue throughout the movie? I wonder if they will do that at the Democratic convention?

Folks, it comes down now to what the NY Times editor said. It's a progressive view of the world against a conservative one. Conservatives-Libertarians are in a cold civil war with socialism is what I call it. Only one side will win and we are Greece popping in the fry pan if it's them.

carcraft
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carcraft 09/01/12 - 05:12 am
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Riverman is right

Riverman, you are correct. America is a right of center nation, this is the reason that the viewer share of the "serious media" alphabet soup is declining and the New York Slimes is on the edge of bankruptcy. That explains why News Week is in the toilet and published this article, to try to save its rear! http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/379630/20120831/newsweek-tina-brown-bara... I loved when the mainstream media fact checked Ryan’s speech. I do not recall any fact checks on Obama’s book until a sympathetic author, Maraniss wrote a book “Obama the Story” about Obama that highlighted many false tales in Dreams of My Father. Maraniss was upset by the revelations he found were used by the right. Of course the right was hungry for facts about Obama’s past that had been ignored by the rest of the media. Indeed it was another book author that exposed the fact that Obama lied about his mother’s health insurance when she died of cancer. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/14/us/politics/14mother.html Where were the press "speaking truth to power" when Obama was lying? I find it a little disingenuous when the “press” all of a sudden develops a proclivity for “fact Checking”, of course that only applies to conservatives! The press covered Obama from day one and is still trying to carry water for him. People now get their news from the internet or shows like Colbert, people find that type “news” more factual than the drivel put out by the likes of Dianne Sawyer.

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Rhetor 09/01/12 - 05:23 am
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And Fox News is . . . fill in

And Fox News is . . . fill in the blanks, ACES.

PS: Carcraft, if you actually read the fact check websites, you'll see that they let liberals and conservatives have what's due to them quite aggressively. If conservatives want to escape from the fact checkers, all they need to do is to stop fudging the facts. Good luck, guys.

carcraft
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carcraft 09/01/12 - 05:33 am
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Yah Rehtor, I noticed it was

Yah Rehtor, I noticed it was the fact check web sites that picked up the truth about Obama's mother's health insurance. I noticed the fact check web sites were all over Dreams of my Father" the way they were over Palin's book ! I really don't care if Fact checkers cover Conservatives, it would just be nice to have them cover Obama, can we say Bloody Sunday?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/01/12 - 06:51 am
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Fact Checkers

Sometimes need some fact checking done on them.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 09/01/12 - 07:10 am
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OK, carcraft, just a few of

OK, carcraft, just a few of many examples: the current web page for FactCheck.org corrects Obama's false claim that Romney shipped jobs overseas. They point out that both Obama and Romney are lying about health care reform. They have a headline "Obama twists Romney's economic record." The fact checkers had a field day with Obama's outrageous steelworker ad that blamed Romney for a cancer death. They all ripped up the Dems for falsely accusing the Republicans of trying to destroy Medicare. Right at the moment, the lie-filled Republican convention gave the fact checkers plenty of lies to debunk, but I am confident that the Democrats will catch up when they have their own convention, which I presume will also be full of lies. The solution to dishonesty in politics is not to attack the fact checkers, nor is it to defensively complain that the other side is as dishonest as yours is. The solution is for both sides to stop telling lies, not to mention for their supporters to stop believing lies. Have a great holiday weekend.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/01/12 - 07:33 am
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EMMY

Is there an EMMY for "Understatement of the Year"? ABC News’ Jake Tapper acknowledged Sunday, ever so timidly, that in 2008, Mr. Obama had “everything going for him. You had the media, perhaps, tilting on the scales a little bit.”

Techfan
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Techfan 09/01/12 - 07:38 am
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Americans for Limited

Americans for Limited Government, Investors Business Daily, Newsbusters, the disgruntled Arthur Brisbane? Why not go all out and include WorldNetDaily, Family Research Council, Media Research Center, Cybercast News Service, the Blaze, prisonplanet, and infowars? Then we can get an honest, balanced, logical, and unbiased take. :)

carcraft
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carcraft 09/01/12 - 07:41 am
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OK Rhetor- I’ll play your

OK Rhetor- I’ll play your game here is what Fact check said about Ryan’s statement on medicare Ryan, Aug. 29: And the biggest, coldest power play of all in Obamacare came at the expense of the elderly. … [T]hey just took it all away from Medicare, $716 billion funneled out of Medicare by President Obama.
The Affordable Care Act calls for a $716 billion reduction in the future growth of Medicare spending over 10 years, with most of that — about $415 billion — coming from a reduction in the future growth of payments to hospitals through Medicare Part A. And Medicare Part A’s trust fund, as we’ve explained before, is in trouble financially. It’s set to be insolvent in 2024, even with these spending cuts. Without them, the trust fund wouldn’t be able to fully pay projected benefits in 2016, the Medicare trustees estimate.
Now here is what the CBO says about the money taken out of Medicare
“The key point is that the savings to the HI trust fund under the PPACA would be received by the government only once, so they cannot be set aside to pay for future Medicare spending and, at the same time, pay for current spending on other parts of the legislation or on other programs. Trust fund accounting shows the magnitude of the savings within the trust fund, and those savings indeed improve the solvency of that fund; however, that accounting ignores the burden that would be faced by the rest of the government later in redeeming the bonds held by the trust fund. Unified budget accounting shows that the majority of the HI trust fund savings would be used to pay for other spending under the PPACA and would not enhance the ability of the government to redeem the bonds credited to the trust fund to pay for future Medicare benefits. To describe the full amount of HI trust fund savings as both improving the government's ability to pay future Medicare benefits and financing new spending outside of Medicare would essentially double-count a large share of those savings and thus overstate the improvement in the government's fiscal position.” This is from an Atlantic article. http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2009/12/cbo-democrats-double...
So who is closer to the truth? If you cut reimbursement to hospitals where are seniors going to go for care? Doctors are turning away Medicare patient’s now because they need a payer mix that allows them to pay bills, hospitals are in the same bind.
It appears to me Fact Check here is inaccurate or miss leading!

carcraft
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carcraft 09/01/12 - 08:11 am
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Now Ryan was accused by fact

Now Ryan was accused by fact check of blaming Obama for the closing of the GM Janesville plant ,
Ryan cited the closing of a GM plant in his hometown of Janesville, Wis., as evidence of Obama’s failing to deliver on promises made in the 2008 presidential campaign. But as it happens, the plant closed before Obama even took office.
Ryan: My own state voted for President Obama. When he talked about change, many people liked the sound of it, especially in Janesville, where we were about to lose a major factory.
A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that GM plant. Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: “I believe that if our government is there to support you, this plant will be here for another hundred years.” That’s what he said in 2008.
Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day. And that’s how it is in so many towns today, where the recovery that was promised is nowhere in sight.
Here’s what Obama told workers during a campaign stop at the struggling GM plant in Janesville back in 2008:
Obama, Feb. 13, 2008: And I believe that if our government is there to support you, and give you the assistance you need to re-tool and make this transition, that this plant will be here for another hundred years. The question is not whether a clean energy economy is in our future, it’s where it will thrive. I want it to thrive …
It’s true that the plant didn’t last another year, as Ryan said. In fact, the Business Journal in Milwaukee wrote that the assembly plant shut down on Dec. 23, 2008, at the tail end of the Bush administration, a victim of the financial crisis and dwindling demand for the SUVs produced at the plant. That’s nearly one month before Obama was sworn into office.
Where in any of Ryan’s statements does he blame Obama? The plant did not entirely shut down until well after Obama was in office. Who is more correct, fact check for falsely blaming Ryan for blaming Obama or Obama for implying he would keep the plant open?

carcraft
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carcraft 09/01/12 - 08:25 am
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Thfan, If I want to go to

Thfan, If I want to go to Bizzaro world I'll just listen to Biden- You know Bidenopilous...LOL

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 09/01/12 - 08:53 am
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"Wired"
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and the "New Yorker" just fired a "reporter" for making up his progressive stories. If rags like the new york times, washington post, ajc, miami herald, los angeles times, chicago tribune, boston globe, politico and the National Enquirer would learn to report the TRUTH, America would not be as divided a nation as it is. By the way, the reporter's name is lehrer, I believe.

allhans
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allhans 09/01/12 - 09:28 am
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Fox and MSNBC say they will

Fox and MSNBC say they will show Romney at his appearance In Ohio about 10:45 this morning. I might use my clicker and see what the enemy camp is up to.

allhans
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allhans 09/01/12 - 09:37 am
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I am usually not a fan of

I am usually not a fan of CSpan other than congressional hearings maybe..but they gave complete coverage of the RNC Convention - you can now view it all on their site - and they will air complete coverage of the Dem Convention. No interruptions...

robaroo
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robaroo 09/01/12 - 09:43 am
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Thank You, Rhetor at 8:10am

My sentiments exactly. Just because "my" party doesn't lie as much as the "other" party, that doesn't make make me trust either one of them.

If I had my way, the news organizations wouldn't be cheerleaders for their parties. They would present all the facts - the good, the bad, and the ugly. Then let me make up my own mind about which party would cause the least amount of damage to the country this election.

Side question for those of you who depend on MSNBC or the "fair and balanced" channel. Can you tell us the names of the candidates from any of the parties outside of the Republicans and Democrats? Can you even name any of the parties?

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 09/01/12 - 10:17 am
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Why?

...does the ACES continue to pick on our brave, young,"sort of a God" president. Weren't we told that he'd lower the sea levels and end racism if we were only smart enough to make him "Our Dear Ruler?", Obviously us mean-sprited conservatives want him to fail....I mean, gosh! He's already won the Nobel Prize for peace (not the one for economics) , just for showing up, but hey according to the liberal media if we just give him nine or ten more terms everything will be just dandy!...

constituent
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constituent 09/01/12 - 12:06 pm
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The applause from the Tea

The applause from the Tea Party audience in Tampa had'nt even died down when Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney told their first of many lies. This is their strategy for the next two months: up and down the ballot, all across the country, it's clear the Republicans will do and say whatever it takes to win. And they"ll have billionaire funders to help them drown out the truth,but voters will not be decieve when they show up at the poll in November.

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dichotomy 09/01/12 - 12:29 pm
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We HOPE that Ryan and Romney

We HOPE that Ryan and Romney are not lying to us and that they will CHANGE the direction of this country and get the economy moving. We KNOW that Obama and the Democrats lied to us and have continued to lie for the last four years. The economy stinks, unemployent stinks, Obamacare and it's forecast cost stinks, the price of gas stinks, the price of food stinks (see the price of fuel and our stupid Ethanol policy), the debt stinks, the budget......oh yeh, what am I saying, there AIN'T NO BUDGET. Obama and the Democrats are a disaster so I am ready for the HOPE and CHANGE of Romney/Ryan.

carcraft
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carcraft 09/01/12 - 01:43 pm
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Constituent What lies? Please

Constituent What lies? Please be specific!

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 09/01/12 - 02:02 pm
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The left media
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will tell of the poor 18 year old student in n.c. who was "assaulted" by his teacher for wearing sagging pants. They only mention that he may have threatened her and was not deserving of any supervision. leftie rags and commentators won't tell you about a teacher in Augusta being stabbed in the brain with a pen or pencil, later succombing to her wounds. The left media won't report that graduation rates among minorities is less than 30%, the incarceration rate at least 70%, unwed mother rate above 70%, welfare recipients over 50%, less than 20% of minority college basketball players graduate, less than 50% of football players graduate, handguns are more prevalent in the "hood's" cars than in the suburbs, most illegal aliens have NO id, drivers license and are filling emergency rooms at American's cost. The left cries for the 95% of these people mentioned above who actually are the problem. lefties, you are the enablers of this cataclysmic downfall of America. You need to teach these people to be a part of the solution, not the problem such as yourselves.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 09/01/12 - 02:10 pm
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an after thought: Wasn't the civil rights act of 1964 and the voting rights act of 1965 designed as an advantage for these disadvantaged? I can only give so much. Those of you who have been given these extraordinary powers are wearing me out by claiming they are just not enough.

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DanK 09/01/12 - 03:01 pm
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Blame it on "the media" or

Blame it on "the media" or whatever else you want. Fact is, although a lot of the populace is disappointed with Obama, the majority consider the alternative far worse. The majority of people in this country are not eager to trade in the conservative in the White House for the extremists running against him. The "media" (this paper included) have provided enough of a picture of the opposing ideologies for people to form their opinion. Editorials like this are simply pandering to the believers by churning their same old rhetoric.

constituent
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constituent 09/01/12 - 03:07 pm
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I hope you ",carcraft" and

I hope you ",carcraft" and "voters,"can read through all these lies what Mitt Romney is trying to sell voters, here's one of many lies: " creating 12 million jobs" and thousands of workers in China "cheered" when they heard what Mitt said at the Republican National Convention because they knowed Mitt liked to ship jobs. Rich people (Mitt Romney) and big corporations like to pocket all their money with " huge profits,"so they send their manufacturing business and others to China workers who produce American's products( like the shirt you wear carcraft) for $2.20 an hour, Americans want work for China's wages.

carcraft
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carcraft 09/01/12 - 03:10 pm
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Trillion dollar a year

Trillion dollar a year deficits (more in 4 years than Bush in 8) Obama care rammed down our throats, ignoring laws by executive decree and some folks call that moderate? LOL

carcraft
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carcraft 09/01/12 - 03:14 pm
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It won't be a lie unless it

It won't be a lie unless it doesn't happen, sort of like Obama lying about cutting the deficit in half! LOL Out sourcing jobs has been proven false ..

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hotsaucemom 09/01/12 - 03:20 pm
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I know the economy is in vile

I know the economy is in vile shape ( because Tea Party controlled House Republicans in Congress ,for the last two years voted against all jobs) but to be honest I rather vote for President Obama who don't have a recorded of shipping jobs like sticky fingers Mitt Romney who want to put his hands in working middle class people pockets.

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