A few weeks ago when the press questioned the Obama commercial accusing Mitt Romney of causing the death of a steelworker’s wife, I really believed there was hope for the media. After reading the accounts/watching the coverage of the Republican National Coverage that hope faded.
The mainstream media returned to their 2008 form desperately trying to prop up the floundering campaign of president, inventing their own slanted interpretations of what was said and done in Tampa. Below are my picks for the most blatant examples of bias during the convention
1) The Tingle Went to His Brain-Chris Matthews cries racist over Mitt Romney's welfare commercials:
"This stuff about getting rid of the work requirement for welfare is dishonest, everyone’s pointed out it’s dishonest, and you are playing that little ethnic card there. You can play your games and giggle about it, but the fact is your side is playing that card. When you start talking about work requirements, we know what game you’re playing, and everybody knows what game you’re playing, it’s a race card.”
2) The Contrarian- Juan Williams critique of Ann Romney. There was much praise for Mrs Romney's speech from both sides of the aisle. However Juan Williams saw a different speech or couldn't let go of the Democratic Party talking points.
"Ann Romney ... looked to me like a corporate wife," he said. "The stories she told about struggles — eh! It's hard for me to believe. I mean, she's a very rich woman, and I know that, and America knows that.
There was an uncomfortable pause befor Bret Baier said, "Wow, OK." and Megyn Kelly asked, "What does that mean, 'corporate wife?'"
"It looks like a woman whose husband takes care of her, and she's been very lucky and blessed in this life," Williams replied. "...She did not convince me that, you know what? I understand the struggles of American women in general."
3) Get This Man Some Tin Foil FAST! -Lawrence O' Donnell: Golf is a Bad Word. On Martin Bashir's show on MSNBC the all progressive network O'Donnell commented that a Mitch McConnell jab at Obama's excessive time on the links was really a coded message:
MARTIN BASHIR: We have seen an early draft of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s forthcoming oration. Can I quote something from you? “For four years, Barack Obama has been running from the nation’s problems, he hasn’t been working to earn re-election. He has been working to earn a spot on the PGA Tour.” How about that?
LAWRENCE O’DONNELL: ell, we know exactly what he’s trying to do there. He is trying to align to Tiger Woods and surely, the — lifestyle of Tiger Woods with Barack Obama. Obviously, nothing could be further from the truth. They find every way they possibly can to ..And I promise you, the speech writers went through, rejecting three or four before they land order that one. That’s the one they want for a very deliberate reason. That — there’s – these people reach for every single possible racial double entendre they can find in every one of these speeches.
4) Politico Falls Asleep During Chris Christie's Speech: That is the only explanation for this story calling Chris Christie's keynote address a "A prime-time belly-flop." Their rationale, Christie didn't give the convention attendees enough red meat (they weren't the target, independents in the TV audience were) and Christie's address wasn't the most talked about presentation of the night. If Moses showed up in the convention hall and presented the original tablets containing the Ten Commandments, he may have been overshadowed by Ann Romney's emotional presentation about her husband.
5) Competing With His Colleague for the Drooling From The Mouth Crazy Award: Ah, you thought Chris Matthews had this locked up? No there is real competition for the title of biggest drooling idiot at MSNBC. Remember when In his speech, Romney said:
Tonight that American flag is still there on the moon. And I don’t doubt for a second that Neil Armstrong’s spirit is still with us: that unique blend of optimism, humility and the utter confidence that when the world needs someone to do the really big stuff, you need an American. That’s how I was brought up.
When popular Tea Party candidate Ted Cruz, the GOP nominee for Senate, took the stage, MSNBC cut away from the Republican National Convention and the Hispanic Republican from Texas’ speech. 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 Governor Luis Fortuno’s wife Luce’ 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 [a Latino] ? Noticeably missing from MSNBC, too. Mia Love, a black candidate for Congress in Utah, was also ignored by MSNBC.
7) Romney Has Strange Parties: Yahoo News Washington bureau chief David Chalian didn't realize the mike was on when he was heard saying on ABC news:
"They're not concerned at all. They're happy to have a party with black people drowning," Chalian said over a break during the ABC News/Yahoo News webcast, in reference to the fact that the GOP convention in Tampa is taking place as Hurricane Isaac makes landfall on the north Gulf coast.
Yahoo fired Chalian and he apologized. But were they reacting to the statement or the fact that he was caught?
8) Bucking For a Job at MSNBC? This Washington Post story complained that the fact that there were so many minorities in GOP elected leadership positions and were given prime speaking roles mean nothing.
....according to an analysis by David Bositis of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. Bositis also said that only two members of the 165-member RNC are black and that none of the leaders of the committees responsible for drafting the GOP platform and adopting the convention rules are black.
“This Republican Party base is white, aging and dying off,” he said.9) Too Good is NO Good! The bible of the progressive left, The NY Times took a unique approach in criticizing Paul Ryan's speech on day two of the convention--it was too good. They wondered whether Ryan's address have hurt his boss:
The question now is what it might mean for Mr. Romney’s prospects of winning the White House. Could Mr. Ryan’s speech to the Republican convention here ultimately be remembered as doing more good for Mr. Ryan, the young Republican congressman from Wisconsin making his first foray into national politics, than for Mr. Romney, the 65-year-old former governor of Massachusetts making his second, and potentially final, bid for the presidency
10) Nothing distorts the truth like telling the truth. This one gave me a headache while trying to figure it out....According to NBC News Correspondent Chuck Todd, Paul Ryan's speech was truthful, but it distorted the truth (the transcript is from Newsbusters) :
For one thing, Mr. Ryan’s sheer stage presence – his cool command of the stage, his crisp and sunny delivery of attack lines, his endearing invocation of biography -- has raised the stakes for Mr. Romney. Mr. Romney’s political strengths have not, for the most part, included delivering the kind of speech that moves a hall or captures a television audience. And until now, he has avoided the intimately personal discussion of his background that was so prevalent in the Ryan speech -- starting with the death of Mr. Ryan’s father when he was 16. The line has been drawn.
TODD: In fact, the President did say what Ryan claimed, but what he left out: GM announced the plan to close the plant in June 2008, well before candidate Obama became President Obama, and more than six months before the auto bailout was approved by Congress, a bailout Ryan voted for. Then, there is Ryan’s statement that seemed to blame the President alone for a downgrade of the nation's credit rating.
RYAN: It began with a perfect triple-A credit rating for the United States. It ends with a downgraded America.
TODD: What Ryan did not say is that the agency that downgraded America’s credit rating said it was because of - quote, ‘policymaking uncertainty,’ created last summer by the standoff over the debt ceiling. That political standoff was initiated, not by the President, but by House Republicans, who repeatedly refused to raise the debt limit without corresponding spending cuts. Then, there was this charge on the Bowles-Simpson deficit reduction panel.
RYAN: He created a new, bipartisan debt commission. They came back with an urgent report. He thanked them, sent them on their way, and then, did exactly nothing.
TODD: In fact, Ryan’s claim that the President did not endorse the findings is true. But what Ryan left out: He himself was a member of that blue ribbon panel, and he voted against that report he claimed last night was so urgent.
TODD (on-camera): Brian, the challenge for voters is to listen to – well, what’s not being said, because while these politicians - and Paul Ryan last night, what he said many times was technically factual, by what he left out, actually distorted the actual truth.