Need proof the mainstream press loves President Obama? Want proof the media want to “help” Republicans choose a moderate, “inoffensive” nominee whom Obama can best beat?
Just listen to the media.
I’m not sure who Keach Hagey is, but if this Politico reporter is even halfway in touch with the mainstream press, then the opening sentence to Hagey’s May 31 article tells us volumes about the average reporter: “Talk to just about any political reporters, and they’ll tell you 2008 was the greatest presidential race they ever covered.”
H/T to The Drudge Report, which linked to this Politico story with the phrase: “PRESS YAWNS AT REPUBLICANS 2012 — COVERAGE CUT BACK FROM ’08…” The actual Politico headline is, “2008? 2012 is so 2000-and-late.”
Relatedly, make sure to read Michael Barone’s recent column at The Washington Examiner, “Pro-Obama media always shocked by bad economic news.” Barone writes:
As megablogger Glenn Reynolds, aka Instapundit, has noted with amusement, the word “unexpectedly” or variants thereon keep cropping up in mainstream media stories about the economy.
“New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly climbed,” reported CNBC.com May 25.
“Personal consumption fell,” Business Insider reported the same day, “when it was expected to rise.”
“Durable goods declined 3.6 percent last month,” Reuters reported May 25, “worse than economists’ expectations.” …
As Instapundit reader Gordon Stewart, quoted by Reynolds on May 17, put it, “How many times in a row can something happen unexpectedly before the experts start to, you know, expect it? At some point, shouldn’t they be required to state the foundation for their expectations?”
Barone concludes: “A less cynical explanation is that many journalists really believe that the Obama administration’s policies are likely to improve the economy.”
Connect with Benjamin Hodge at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, The Kansas Progress, and LibertyLinked. Hodge is President of the State and Local Reform Group of Kansas. He served as one of seven at-large trustees at Johnson County Community College from 2005-’09, a member of the Kansas House from 2007-’08, a delegate to the Kansas Republican Party from 2009-’10, and was founder of the Overland Park Republican Party in 2011. His public policy record is recognized by Americans for Prosperity, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters,the Kansas Press Association, the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government, the NRA, Kansans for Life, and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).