No medium for these media

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

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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