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Cracking Under Pressure?

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. . . .

Please read the whole thing.





10 Responses to “Cracking Under Pressure?”

  1. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    September 25th, 2012 @ 10:58 am
  2. Math Is Hard | hogewash
    September 25th, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    […] Math Is Hard Posted on 25 September, 2012 by wjjhoge The Main Stream Media dutifully reported that 18,000 people attended an Obama campaign rally in Milwaukee at a venue with 5,000 seats. Breitbart reports that there were empty seats in the hall. (H/T, TOM) […]

  3. Frank B
    September 25th, 2012 @ 11:21 am

    Reince has me thinking of… Patton: Now there’s another thing I want you to remember. I don’t want to get any messages saying that “we are holding our position.” We’re not holding anything. Let the Hun do that. We are advancing constantly and we’re not interested in holding onto anything except the enemy. We’re going to hold onto him by the nose and we’re going to kick him in the ass. We’re going to kick the hell out of him all the time and we’re going to go through him like crap through a goose!

  4. JeffS
    September 25th, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

    Take a gander at THIS.

    Surrendering in public. The mind boggles.

  5. Wombat_socho
    September 25th, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

    People still listen to Madonna?

  6. JeffS
    September 25th, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

    I expect that a significant portion of the 47% does.

    But then, there’s this.

    God bless the New York Post.

  7. JeffS
    September 25th, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

    A significant portion of the 47% does, so this is worth looking at. Or at least listening to, if you can’t stand the sight of Madonna shuffling and wheezing on the stage.

    And then there’s this.

    God bless the New York Post.

  8. JeffS
    September 25th, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

    Dang, Discus can be a pain, huh?

    ‘Scuse the double post.

  9. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    September 25th, 2012 @ 4:20 pm
  10. Adjoran
    September 25th, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

    Once again, the coverage is intended to influence the 2-5% of voters who are “bandwagon voters” and make their decisions late and based solely on who they believe will win, and to discourage anti-Obama voters from showing up.

    The propaganda scum factory Politico is even expressing amazement that Republican congressional candidates aren’t abandoning Romney!

    The biggest “tell” is that they keep assuring us “the battleground states are shifting to Obama” yet he is spending money in “solid” states like New Mexico and spending lots of cash AND making appearances in Wisconsin. Somebody’s internal polls aren’t saying what the public polls seem to me.

    In fact, even the public polls aren’t saying what the MSM/OFA would have us believe. Since Romney’s “bad week” beginning 9/11, he’s moved UP slightly in the daily tracking polls and in several battleground states. Only those polls with wildly skewed samples show the opposite.