Brit Hume, who no doubt gleans his talking points from this blog, concurs with what I’ve been saying here for some time:
“Now, look, this is how it’s going to be for a Republican in this stage of a general election campaign. The media is not going to help the Republican, broadly speaking. … A smart Republican candidate recognizes that, plans for that and thinks of ways to counteract it. They’ve done it in the past. It’s not at all clear to me that the Romney campaign is doing that.”
Brit’s correct-ish. It’s easy to squawk about media bias. The overwhelming media bias for Obama at this point is so obvious it’s like a minister pausing mid-sermon, listing to one side, and ripping off a burrito fart…kinda hard to miss. I do not think bias is necessarily partisan however. Imagine either Bill Clinton or George W Bush were still President. Imagine a deadly attack on American consulates and embassies on the anniversary of 9/11…wait you don’t have to imagine that – it just happened. Can anyone fathom this not being reported as a terrorist attack by every national media outlet? They would be in a froth about the anniversary and extrapolate from there. But at the time the media loved to dish Clinton. and to snoot about W’s ignorance as soon as his polls fell far enough to allow them free rein. For the presstitutes, both men were unseemly goombahs, the one thing the Andrea Mitchell types of the pathological media can’t abide.
For days all we’ve heard about is a laughable “movie” and how it hurt the feelings of some people so much they spontaneously tortured American diplomats, then killed them. Nope, it was not a terrorist attack. If it had been we might then question Obama. As you know questioning Obama is just this side of a thought crime. If Obama wins another term it will likely be a crime outright.
The media psychosis around Obama is complete. Not only do they avoid any news that will harm Obama’s reelection chances, most don’t even see that it’s a problem to avoid reporting any news that will harm Obama’s reelection chances. The messiah’s skivvies never have skid marks, cuz the messiah never poops. This is a fact, don’t ya know.
As unfair as the media is however, Brit’s right. Romney’s people certainly knew he’d would be attacked on all fronts. Either Romney did plan for this, which makes ignoring it campaign malfeasance of the highest order. Or he does not care – which makes ignoring it surreal. Either way it will make a difference if it keeps up. The one sure way to steal an election is to keep it close, game the polls, then quickly claim the initial bogus numbers are the real ones. Once a close swing state is called for Obama on election night the dye is cast no matter what the real numbers end up being. Once NBC says Obama won Florida only “sore losers” will question it as the media has now told us for weeks that Obama is a sure winner, and Romney’s a fool. It will make sense that Obama won Florida – how could he not? He’s been ahead for weeks, also Romney makes gaffes etc etc… What the final tally really is doesn’t matter anymore than the real reason our consulate in Libya was torched matters. Facts are not relevant to this narrative. Facts are, in fact, an annoyance and not particularly necessary. George W Bush and Dick Cheney never bothered with them and they got their war anyway. The media made sure we got scared and stayed scared.
Romney, unlike McCain, once gave of the distinct odor of a man who intended to win. He still does here and there. But his campaign has moved into the dangerous and often lethal “just wait till the debates” phase. This is like the fan whose football team is losing with 1 minute left yelping “Plenty of time! Plenty of time!” Sometimes 1 minute is enough – usually it isn’t. Especially when the commentators are hell-bent on calling the game with 45 seconds left.
I suspect Romney’s team is suffering under the delusion that their man will get 3 unfiltered chances to speak to America – and therefore pull ahead for good. Foolish in the extreme. Obama will do fine. Romney’s performance will be trashed no matter how good everywhere from SNL to CNN. Within 20 minutes the unfiltered Romney will be clogged. The narrative set this month will be maintained. Only Reagan and JFK changed the game with debates. Does anyone outside the Romney family think Mitt Romney is JFK or Ronald Reagan?
For candidates the media detests the only thing to do is attack, attack, attack. Change the subject. Make the subject the other guy in a BIG way. Make the media itself the subject of the media. Team Romney hasn’t come close to this.
I will say this: If Romney’s campaign thus far is the biggest head fake in election history and the man pulls it off and wins, I will eat six heaping helpings of crow on this blog. I live on crow for a week. I will eat all the crows…Russell…Cameron…Sheryl…