Obama Wins Second Term, Fox News Credits Mainstream Media
Oh Fox News – the gift that just keeps on giving. I try to stay off their site because they just make it too easy… it’d be like if I were a hunter (and I’m not) and I did all my hunting at a game preserve where they kept the birds under lock and key until right when I got to that spot and then they flushed them out in front of me… and yet, I still ended up shooting my hunting partner in the face. That’s a good enough analogy for what has happened as President Obama has won a second term without anyone officially saying who won Florida and it’s 29 Electoral Votes (and it looks like Obama will be declared the winner of Florida) when Fox news posts an article that neither blames Mitt Romney for losing nor credits Obama for winning. Instead, it’s the mainstream media that unfairly influenced the election with their liberal bias while forgetting that Fox is part of the mainstream media.
I’m not going to cover the entire article (because if I do, I’ll be at it all day), so check it out here if you need a frustrated laugh. Instead, I’ll just check out the first bit they’re made about: “The Media’s Biased Gaffe Patrol Hammered Romney.”
Case in point: the GOP candidate’s trip to Europe and Israel in late July. A Media Research Center analysis of all 21 ABC, CBS and NBC evening news stories about Romney’s trip found that virtually all of them (18, or 86%) emphasized “diplomatic blunders,” “gaffes” or “missteps.”
This piece was written for the Fox News website by Rich Noyes, who I assume was home sick the day Romney’s quotes made it back stateside. Just try to imagine if the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom came to Atlanta in 1996 and said, “The stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials — that obviously is not something which is encouraging,” and went on to say that he found the situation “disconcerting.” Wouldn’t your first response be, “Hey, fuck you, buddy! Go back to your country!” I mean, seriously, who goes to the host country and tells people that their Olympics sucks and mine was better? That just makes you sound like an asshole. Hmm. Sound.
Similarly, when the left-wing Mother Jones magazine in September put out a secretly-recorded video of Romney talking to donors about the 47% of Americans who don’t pay income taxes, the networks hyped it like a sensational sex scandal.
I’ve written about this before, so I have the actual quote handy:
“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 on government, who believe that they are victims, who believe 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’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. And I mean the president starts off with 48, 49… He starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax. 47 percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. So he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean, that’s what they sell every four years. And so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to do is convince the 5 to 10 percent in the center that are independents, that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending upon in some cases emotion, whether they like the guy or not…”
See, I think this quote got so much attention because he seems to be saying that 47% of Americans are fucking slackers. “All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that they are victims, who believe 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’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them.” See, that makes it sound like he’s saying that the 47 percent of Americans are deadbeats who don’t work and just sit around and collect government checks… and, well, he is right about some of those people in the 47 percent, because they’re fucking retired! Also, some people make so little money that they don’t pay taxes or get the payroll taxes they did pay back in refunds. “I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” That is awesome. So it seems like Romney is saying 47 percent of Americans are slackers. Hmm. Seems.
And, they stated that Obama didn’t get similar treatment:
After the president in a June 8 press conference declared that “the private sector is doing fine,” the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts gave it just one night’s coverage, then basically dropped the story — nothing further on ABC’s “World News” or the “CBS Evening News” in the weeks that followed, and just two passing references on the “NBC Nightly News.”
I’m not saying that Rich Noyes counted wrong, but I’ve heard that sound bit a million times, and I don’t watch Fox News, so somebody must be playing it. Maybe NPR? I do listen to a lot of NPR…
And, when Obama infamously declared, “You didn’t build that,” ABC, CBS, NBC didn’t report the politically damaging remark for four days — and then only after Romney made it the centerpiece of a campaign speech.
Now that is some tremendous spin. I think about everyone knows now that this quote taken out of context and then publicized heavily by Fox News and the Romney Campaign and RNC referred to the infrastructure that businesses use to make their profits – highways, power lines, internet… that sort of thing. That’s what he was talking about and anyone who watched the full quote knows that and it’s that same reason that compelled me to include the entire Romney quote regarding the 47 percent. To put this statement down as something the media didn’t criticize the president for is nothing short of laughable.
But that’s Fox News. This is how they roll. Now that the President has won an undeniable victory, all they can do is downplay it, say he didn’t win it on his own, that it’s not a mandate to execute his policies… I mean, what else can they do? Sarah Palin isn’t hot anymore and they have a contract with her. (Seriously, what the hell happened to her neck?) The article goes on to make similar ridiculous points, but I won’t air them out here because… meh, who cares. I’ve had my fun.
And I have a nor’easter to prepare for… you know, cold air – as opposed to hot hair.