Posted on | September 25, 2012 | 10 Comments
No, not me. I haven’t lost it yet. I’m talking about Team Obama telling reports to “f–k off,” among other things. The situation is not as rosy for the Democrats as the media would have you think, but I’m under pressure — gotta drive to an event in Cincinnati this morning — so I’ll just quickly cite my American Spectator column:
Reporters circled around Reince Priebus at a campaign rally Monday in Lima and one asked the Republican National Committee chairman what he thought of polls showing Mitt Romney trailing President Obama in this crucial battleground state. Priebus said he was satisfied that the GOP challenger was “within a field goal” of the incumbent, and made a bold prediction: “We’re going to outspend the DNC 10-to-1 [in Ohio] for the next six weeks… We’re going to crush ‘em on the ground.”
Such confidence might surprise those millions of Americans who know only of the presidential campaign what the major news media tell them. More than 1,500 people turned out in Lima on a Monday afternoon to see Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan. The size of the crowd that packed inside the Allen County Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center might seem a significant indicator of GOP strength in the heartland, but it was scarcely noticed or mentioned in the horse-race coverage of the election campaign. Instead, the media’s narrative of the race relies heavily on poll numbers suggesting that Obama’s re-election is all but assured. Among these is the most recent Ohio poll, by the University of Cincinnati, that showed Obama above the magic 50-percent threshold, leading Romney by five points, 51-46.
This theme was made explicit in an Associated Press article over the weekend with the headline, “Tide shifts to Obama in most competitive states.” Such tendentious reporting has drawn increased skepticism from critics, including Tom Blumer, who suggest it is part of a deliberate effort to create a false sense of momentum for the Democrat. And when the media are caught in gross errors — e.g., reporting that 18,000 people attended an Obama rally at a 5,000-seat arena — this skepticism seems entirely justified. In fact, there are reasons to believe the momentum has actually begun to shift toward Romney and Ryan, given the recent debacle in Libya, which Ryan hit hard in his speech Monday in Lima. . . .
- Sept. 24: Scenes From Ryan Rally in Lima, Ohio
- Sept. 24: GREETINGS FROM LIMA, OHIO
- Sept. 24: The Best Revenge: Ohio-Bound
- Sept. 23: Memo From the National Affairs Desk: Worldwide Headquarters of Crazy, Inc.