Obama's controversial comments
Are the press protecting the president?
- Duration 5:59
- Date Jul 21, 2012
Are the press protecting the president?
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-- -- Greg -- -- someone of your life.
Some say helped a quick.
Unbelievable American system that we -- that allowed you to thought.
Some invest in roads and bridges that you got to -- is that you don't build that.
Obama's words there -- getting the attention innovators and job makers and critics of course but.
Not so much attention from the media at least not right away.
-- -- -- Run -- campaign had one of those call -- where journalists are able to call in and listen to.
What they want to present them on this particular call in the -- four.
Small businesspeople including an African American woman who said she was outraged at the president's suggestion that she -- the government's help.
In order to make her business successful all four of those people expressed the same attitude.
The first question from the first journalist who was able to ask was what are you gonna release your tax returns until they get on this line and they don't get all -- -- like a dog.
Grabbing onto your ankle and they won't let go.
I will talk about the tax returns -- a -- but but first -- Brent Bozell who of course -- with the conservative media watchdog group Media Research Center.
He counted the number of hours it took.
For the network newscast actually mention and talk about the comments that the president made NBC took 94 hours.
And then it took CBS and ABC another 24 hours to even talk about this.
-- -- -- -- -- It is actual bias and although I do believe that America act is may not just on individual animation but all of us together working together.
Another news did not look at that speech at all and it's on the conservative did.
-- the mainstream absolutely.
Did not actually some of the liberals reacting to the conservatives on some of the blogs did.
But mainstream media did ignore the story.
It seems like when Mitt Romney says something like he did last summer during the primaries that corporations are people that immediate -- is on that right away.
Here there was such a lag time and then even once they did start to talk about it Judy -- talk about too much.
I think what they did was that they took their his remarks out of context and they just plain the last part.
Of the president's remarks which as you didn't do this alone.
And therefore it led some people to conclude that Obama was -- socialist which of course is ridiculous and Mark Halperin pointed out.
That the can fly addition.
What he say anything to make it seem as if he had said something he hasn't said.
Was what really caused this controversy I don't see what's so extraordinary about it.
Hillary Clinton said it takes a village most people understand.
Yeah I struggled for that you know what the actual democratic position it called attention to a basic philosophical divide.
Between Republicans and Democrats in this election I think it's care.
And it also called attention to whether Obama intended to organize when he used the words American system -- that -- sort of a throw away the way he said it but actually the words American system date back to Henry Clay and 1815.
Is describing the system industrial development for America is a genuine praise you can look up at a school of thought.
Tom I'm not sure that the president really -- of those terms -- talking about the correctly that infrastructure that if the Internet for example wasn't created by the government and then turned over to private sector that is kind of the model.
The I think the because the White House.
Didn't see it that historical context of course critics didn't either -- I wrote about this for the American conservative it went viral seen the conservative media and on the on the web and so on and I think -- -- days before.
Both NBC news and the Obama administration realize that they had a firestorm lit under them without them properly respond.
Let me get to the tax issue because a lot of people are clamoring -- in the media.
-- after Mitt Romney we want to see more of your taxes we wanna see -- -- your taxes is this -- media driven story or is there really an appetite for this.
I think it's a media driven story but there -- some appetite for that the problem is fraught pars conservatives are concerned is this.
Where was the effort on behalf of the media too get the college records of President Obama and so much else about his background that he is virtually hidden.
They media latch on to the democratic talking point.
And as Chris solicitor of the Washington Post said this is not an issue that's gonna go away even if he releases them and Romney said this week in an interview.
If we release all these other taxes all the media are gonna do in the Democrats -- -- -- on how rich we are we already know that Ellen you're jumping that is well.
I have -- because then it it doesn't matter about his college records what matters what -- in the last 45 years with Rodney and I do think the media's taken an -- What concerns me in terms of a lack of media response was when Nancy Pelosi talked about this at her press conference on Thursday.
And basically said when I'm running for president and -- release it and this isn't as important.
That was not picked up by mainstream.
-- it didn't matter.
About Obama's college records wish her room early eighties and why it matters so much the mainstream media about Mitt Romney is high school escapade in -- in the mid sixties.
You know it was mentioned -- -- it was more than mission was a huge -- in the Washington Post in the meantime but for a week and Judy in fairness there have been an awful lot of conservatives as well who have come out.
And haven't told Mitt Romney that he should just release.
Absolutely the national review said that Mitt Romney's position was unsustainable.
I find a lot of the outrage is on the part of conservatives who say look we know he's rich but what.
It worries us is the unwillingness for him to.
Cooperate and release records his father released ten years is this the way he's gonna govern as president conservatives raises questions.
Recklessly -- -- vertically the economy is what matters most Robert Shiller the famous economist noted that with three every time that you have three months of declining consumer spending you -- a recession has bigger news in all this that might explain why didn't CBS -- transport has Romney up by a point.
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