2012 Iowa Caucuses
Who were the winners and losers?
- Duration 6:34
- Date Jan 7, 2012
Who were the winners and losers?
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Mitt Romney Rick Santorum Ron Paul the top three Republican finishers in a very close race out of Iowa.
Iowa this week now trying to ride that momentum into New Hampshire and the media frenzy that surrounds them continues to grind away so.
There was a lot of media coverage of the horse race itself now that the horse race denial is over how do you grade the media coverage.
Mean on the on how to cover Iowa yet well.
You know I -- my favorite quote from William -- famous Hollywood screenwriter who won two Oscars and said serving his long career -- Hollywood he said quote.
Nobody knows anything.
Those -- and if you put that we could have time to do video come compilation of all the predictions of who's on top who's gonna win is gonna win.
That all look ridiculous up to the very moment when you nobody nobody could possibly imagine that you know and any vote margin of course -- that -- vote margin between Romney and Santorum is now under scrutiny and -- -- -- -- time the -- They can change that to.
Even -- -- down.
I was frankly surprised by the Santorum the surge precisely because the media said Santorum was surgeon.
Well people that even people on the right ignored and scoffed at him with a few intrepid exceptions -- Rubin in the Washington Post Quinn -- American spectator.
Among them but it just as a reminder of how Holdren in the media is how much it's -- herd mentality.
Because a rival network had a poll showed -- at 16%.
You know a week -- so out.
And that was just that the bell going off and all the sudden everyone is talking about Santorum surgery and couldn't get enough for the guy.
So which one came first was that the surge or the predictions of the surge I do think that the media played.
A bigger role in Iowa then what is to be intended you and I think Rick Santorum has a media creation his his popularity.
I think his surge was a media creation and it also reflects on that the failed.
Political experiment that is Iowa and New Hampshire hopefully whether it's the next cycle -- within two cycles.
The people will recognize that retail politics has failed ten million dollars in the last month leading up to it.
That fit it's -- frenzy that we see from these media folks who probably should be prescribed -- and.
-- -- calmed them down it went out.
Also I have to agree with -- on this because when you look at this a 147000.
People turn out.
And look at newsroom is covering.
And they've cut back coverage of everything else everything else local and state legislatures City Council meetings foreign bureaus all being slashed -- everybody can find money just send more even one person to Iowa 15100.
Reporters what was this about how to focus on evangelicals -- and.
-- accomplish here one and the media for vote rich.
As being too modest as the national news magazine actually sort of semi endorsed Santorum I guess this is fair to say and certainly plucked him out of the pack -- being a comer and I was so that was awhile back.
Let him memory.
They just that before the show -- reminded me.
Let's also note something -- at the reporters -- from Peggy Noonan.
Two David Brooks to Ron Brownstein are noting that Santorum does represent something new.
This of the blue collar spirit this.
-- on the Wall Street -- identity politics but nonetheless a conscious steelworker evocation of the Republican base is.
The white middle class then Santorum speaks are probably better than anybody else in this race.
Rachel -- of MSNBC had kind of an interesting moments during the coverage of pile when she announced to the world.
That wrong Paul was going to be getting the endorsements.
Of New Mexico governor Gary Johnson turned out not to be correct let's play that clip.
These former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson never got much -- -- and -- -- in his effort to run for the Republican nomination recently dropped out of a run for the Republican nomination to -- the libertarian party's.
Nomination for president now we're hearing tonight the Gary Johnson has dropped his bid for the libertarian nomination.
And instead it will be endorsing.
Ron Paul -- news about I'm Jerry Johnson and dropping his Libertarian Party -- and endorsing.
On all was -- house.
-- -- Sorry that'll.
Live television -- and -- Why television I think John Chancellor -- rolling over in his -- what what happened to the you know and that those standards are if you go to if you Google society professional journalists ethics code but the first two items are.
Check your source and then check it twice this is zoos is pretty astonishing there's of them there's a value in procedure in and and checking things -- obviously -- and I didn't care.
I don't think that's fair everybody makes mistakes and she had -- hopes moment with that.
And there's such denial or did you get that they're not they're such priority.
On getting their first and getting that -- out we've talked about it -- on the show.
And I think it was very telling how she casting because she -- should actually.
You know which doesn't make it sound as they are -- out from the ether you don't necessarily have -- -- nailed down and yes the temptation is always there that you.
After resisted but to say let's go out and whether my tax that -- -- at that exact same time had that exact same message that going throughout from some very credible people but instead of falling for our hopes I think it would have been better if thinking back to the 2008 coverage of the Iowa Caucuses and all of the conversation about diversity on the stage there was no diversity on the stage for any of that speech is that night.
No one mentioned it at all that is a conversation that I think can -- -- this debate.
But -- you know that the question for me is why isn't Brian Williams or somebody like that anchoring our coverage I mean Rachel -- now.
It has been said is not a news person she is she you know she brings a point of view to the broadcast that she does so why have her front and center in your news coverage.
I I think that this is a choice in MSNBC made long ago there that you're going to have -- a -- forward view they're different lean forward whatever that means.
And they're going to go with a -- And she is the standard bearer of that form of journalism I think she does that form of journalism very well but.
There -- leaves office.
Settlement there is very -- that moment and Obermann was anchoring coverage him and the senate seat and some of the real journalist associate with NBC revolted.
And very briefly he wasn't doing anymore but then he is back now Chris is not even anchoring current TV's.
-- just got -- in our country.