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MSM Obsess Over Romney, Ignore Obama Tape

Our unbiased news media at work. The Washington Post’s ‘Post Politics’ RSS news feed has 11 articles relating to Romney’s video in their first 15 news slots. Its sister ship, the Politico, has 12 pieces relating to the Romney video in its top 15 spots:

From the Washington Post’s ‘Post Politics’ news feed:

1. Romney faces twofold challenge in getting campaign back on track

As Mitt Romney struggles to put a cascade of missteps behind him, the Republican presidential nominee faces a twofold challenge: first, to steer the conversation back to the economy, and second, to prevent his recent difficulties from curdling into a perception that the race is becoming unwinnable.

2. On Letterman, Obama says Romney ‘writing off’ much of country

NEW YORK — President Obama responded Tuesday to controversial remarks by Republican Mitt Romney by suggesting that his opponent was “writing off a big chunk of the country” and was wrong to suggest that nearly half of Americans think of themselves as victims entitled to a handout from government.

3. After Romney watched grainy video, a mad scramble to respond

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Mitt Romney was inside the 1960s-era federal building in Los Angeles, in an FBI field office for his first official intelligence briefing as the Republican presidential nominee, when his personal aide, Garrett Jackson, showed him a video.

4. In video, Romney strays from standard GOP points about ‘makers’ and ‘takers’

For many conservatives, the idea is as obvious as gravity: Government has divided America into makers, who work hard and pay taxes, and takers, who don’t do enough of either; there are too few of the former and too many of the latter.

8. Romney video shows collapse of private spaces

Mitt Romney’s mistake in speaking bluntly at a May fundraiser was not only in the words he spoke but also in failing to anticipate the ears they might reach. An audience that looked like an exclusive group of Republican donors this week multiplied — thanks to the pervasiveness of video technology — to the entire world.

9. How a Mother Jones reporter pursued the Romney ‘47 percent’ story

Big scoops come in small increments. It takes some luck and some connections, some phone calls and e-mails, and the time to build a relationship. Just ask David Corn. Corn, the Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones magazine, on Monday wrote one of the most-talked-about stories of the 2012 presidential campaign about a video of Mitt Romney telling Republican donors at a May 17 fundraiser, among other things, that President Obama’s supporters constitute the “47 percent” of the nation who are “dependent upon the government, who believe that they are victims.”

11. Mitt Romney’s darkest hour

In politics when it rains, it pours. The release of a recording of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney at a private fundraiser in May telling donors that “there are 47 percent of the people…who are dependent on government, who believe that they are the victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them…I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives” is the latest body blow for a campaign that can’t seem to get out of its own way of late.

12. Mitt Romney: ‘Palestinians have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace’

Mitt Romney told a private audience of campaign donors in May that the pursuit of Middle East peace is likely to remain “an unsolved problem” because the Palestinians have “no interest whatsoever” in reaching a peace agreement with Israel.

13. Romney videos: Lawmakers, pundits differ on what response should be

Republicans agree that Mitt Romney is struggling to break free of a series of unforced errors and missteps. How he should respond is another matter. In videos published by Mother Jones magazine, the Republican presidential nominee tells a private audience of campaign donors that supporters of President Obama will vote for the president “no matter what.” Romney adds that he does not “worry about those people.”

14. Excerpts from leaked Mitt Romney fundraiser videos

Below are excerpts from a series of videos of Mitt Romney speaking bluntly at a fundraiser published on Monday by Mother Jones magazine. Mother Jones obtained the video from a confidential source. “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…

15. Scott Brown disagrees with Mitt Romney’s ’47 percent’ comments

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From the Politico’s news feed:

1. Romney RIP — not so fast

It’s not over till Karl Rove gives up on the race, says one top Democrat.

2. House GOP plays down Romney remark

The sentiment is the remarks reveal a deeper problem of closing the deal with the middle class.

3. Noonan: Romney camp ‘incompetent’

Peggy Noonan takes out the dagger and cuts deep in her latest WSJ column.

4. Obama: ‘All of us make mistakes’

"What people want to know, though, is you’re not writing off a big chunk of the country," he said during a Letterman appearance

5. Mitt Romney, man of constant sorrow

Since beginning of summer, GOP nominee has suffered from seemingly endless stream of missteps.

6. Ryan: Mitt was ‘obviously inarticulate’

Romney’s running mate weighed in a bit deeper than he did in interviews earlier Tuesday.

7. HuffPo, MoJo duel for video credit

Mother Jones had access to the entire video but The Huffington Post posted the most damaging clip first.

9. Mitt strays from stump in MoJo video

But there don’t appear to be any new landmines.

10. GOP split on Romney remarks

They are deeply divided in their responses to a controversial video of the candidate.

12. Romney stands by remark

Mitt Romney’s campaign is defending his comments.

13. Poll: Romney has support from 47%

A new poll suggests many of those people support the GOP nominee instead.

15. Who are Romney’s ’47 percent’?

He comes under fire after stating that 47 percent of Americans don’t pay income tax. 

Meanwhile, neither one of the two news outlets mention the recently discovered tape of Obama talking about his belief in ‘redistribution’ back in 1998, or Mitt Romney’s response to it.

Why is that?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, September 19th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “MSM Obsess Over Romney, Ignore Obama Tape”

  1. AcornsRNutz says:

    Oh, this old saw. Hey, Romney told a truth they didn’t like to hear. If the 47% of Americans he talked about want to prove Romney wrong about how they have been bought lock stock and barrell by the dems and the bamster, than they ought to go out and vote for him.

    But this is another example of the real problem in America. The truth has become wrong to express and you will not only be hung out by the media for it, but worse still, there are enough Americans who buy into this crap. A lot. Like 47% at the very least. This is why Rush hit it square on the head when he said America could survive obama but not his voters. Of course he was crucified for that comment as well. But its true. The problem in this country both the worst and most difficult to fix is that there are enough people willing to vote for and agree with this guy for us to be sweating it. Rush always used to say that dems/libs lie because if the truth were out they wouldn’t stand a chance. Well, that is becoming less and less the case. I can’t think of how obama could be more overt in his socialist/fascist intentions for America, and yet he still has a shot to win RE election. How crazy is that? I have heard it said and completely agree that if this election isn’t a landslide defeat of obama, as in historically so, the country as it was founded or intended may never agian have a chance.

  2. Mithrandir says:


    Act hysterical about nothing, present it to the judge in a way that assumes you have found the smoking gun to rest your case…..for all time.

    When are people going to catch on, that this is just part of the standard playbook?

    Politics is just getting more and more predictable and boring, or people are just getting stupider.

  3. Anonymoose says:

    The Democratic party is larger, better funded, and had free publicity from the media–I’m amazed any Republican candidate could ever get elected.

    The problems with the voters are multi-fold:

    The dependent unemployed losers, the very people whom Romney spoke of.

    The intelligent but gullible, who simply accept whatever the media says; every soundbite become part of their background thought, in which case Romney is every bit the radical yet inept clown the media makes him out to be, which actually is more appropriate for Obama/Biden.

    The armchair radical who listens to “Rage Against The Machine” and sympathizes with the Occupy movement, all the while working a job and living a conservative middle class lifestyle.

    The Guilty Conscience, to whom making sure we have right for gays, ID cards and homes for illegals, affirmative action for blacks, and nothing they say or do can be construed as hurting anyone’s feelings. I think this makes up the biggest share of the Democratic electorate as nothing has worked better than letting people think a Democrat vote is a Get out of Hell Free card.

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