Mainstream media agenda
Attack Romney, protect Obama?
- Duration 8:50
- Date Sep 22, 2012
Attack Romney, protect Obama?
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Some of the media headlines earlier this week following the release of a secretly recorded video of Mitt Romney speaking to a group of supporters at a fund raiser in -- Yeah.
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At that moment as president.
Waiting for -- for a -- -- -- that you.
40% of Americans occasionally -- -- message -- low taxes doesn't that.
-- didn't camera clip made public by the liberal Mother Jones Magazine.
Quickly became the focus of the mainstream press CNN reporting.
The video quickly caught fire as potentially damaging material to the Republican presidential nominee.
The Associated Press Romney keeps really learning histories -- lessons.
And political Jonathan -- The worst -- -- enforce the character not the person and that's I think the problem with this video.
Political analysts in the press latched onto this latest diversion to repeat the -- -- that the Republican candidate is out of touch Mitt Romney's comment didn't convey innocence and that the at all which is what the problem is -- those comments and also with his overall persona he only has so much time left.
To come up with -- credible.
Reason why he should be commander in chief Mitt Romney's message clearly missed by most of the media.
Was defended by supporters and the candidate himself he.
Believes that every American -- have skin in the game.
-- -- -- -- And he doesn't want what the president wants.
Which is a bigger more bloated government that's -- people's money -- -- more oppressive of people's lives the problem right now as you see in this country.
So many people of fallen into poverty.
They're not paying taxes they have to rely on government and the right course to help them is not just to have government handing out but instead government helping people.
That to get back to good jobs.
As for the secret video feeding the media narrative on Mitt Romney Newsweek Howard Kurtz of the Daily Beast website tweeted.
I think the Rummy 47%.
Fundraising video has already been shown more often than the Rodney King beating tape.
Lots of topics to cover in connection with that hidden video first of all Jim.
How -- feed into the media narrative I mean the liberal media must've thought this was a gift from them right.
They've just they've gotten through -- rounding.
His speech -- statement about Libya.
Two weeks ago and then they have this -- -- let me sum up the last weeks where -- -- the coverage here.
Ten minutes of Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams and Scott Kelly saying well what -- promises Romney obviously his campaign is doomed.
Then they cut -- -- an embassy being torched her protests are bad news about and the Iraqis allowing Iranian supply weapons to Syria.
And they show us anything.
And they move on no no context you know a few lonely voices like Charles Krauthammer say look the entire Obama foreign policy has collapsed last humans and that.
Oh except the exception of you people like -- the mainstream needed to move on to you know.
-- eating departure whatever it is so that that what remains is the ten minutes of solid clobbering -- Romney every night on the videotape.
Do you agree Judy wasn't due to become sort of a smokescreen for the media.
Look I think it had to happen because so many conservatives Jim piled on it wasn't just the liberal media.
It was talking about a string of gaffes.
I think -- -- bill but called at a one man blooper real but it's a repeatedly.
Set of mistakes.
Minor major things just nature at I don't think that this isn't a great example of media bias I think this is covering.
The man the candidate.
But when when President Obama for instance said one that that the Supreme Court could not overrule a law passed by congress.
That didn't get a whole lot of attention in the media but but the media pounced on this -- -- Well I think it did get attention by the way that when the president said that people challenged him there was lots of discussion of -- -- go on for now but this is in the midst of a presidential campaign.
I would say this that when I notice is that the New York Times did not put the story initially on the front page they had it inside some earlier in the Washington Post inside initially it then bombs outside as the fire picks up.
Why does the fire picked up now here its interest -- I don't know if you view political as liberal or right wing.
But political was a ready talking on the previous Sunday about -- inside the Romney campaign.
And now it looks like here was -- -- repeated gap and so in this situation I think what you get is the reflex of problems gaining momentum a campaign slipping in the polls and -- and I think this is where that mainstream media is so simplistic.
-- that's the story.
Will all rushed out -- the snowball starts to roll Rick they just keep giving -- a push.
Well you know a couple of points first -- -- you know what I think -- is correct that it didn't initially go on the front page.
But that's the problem.
This is a one day story it should have been -- that story coming multiple day story and the context is better for Mitt Romney fires up the base.
No one is giving the full video because the full video is fantastic for people like me.
We want to see that debate about entitlements we want to have that debate about who's getting too much in 47% of Americans not paying taxes however the media it would not.
Play the whole tape they just wanted this -- story well and and Romney.
Essentially backed up what he said he said look I didn't say it very elegantly.
But but yeah out at 40% 47% of Americans unit who pay no taxes is something of a problem than the next day.
Outcomes this video from 1998.
I believe of then state senator Barack Obama saying he believes in -- for redistribution.
That didn't get much play at all right but there's a larger context here and the Gallup.
Poll has a finding that says a record number of Americans 60%.
Just don't trust -- media and as the highest percentage since they've been keeping track in this poll.
And I think that might explain why.
In the middle -- 200.
News stories and editorials saying -- -- -- -- -- done for for sure in -- some on the right.
-- was actually creeping up -- -- in the polls Gallup has him tied.
As as of Thursday.
Tied he's been going up for two weeks in -- Obama and now we know who knows that's a final word on polls but the thing is it does suggest that that dynamic of 60% of Americans don't trust him -- and -- and if the media are pounding on around me this much and we don't trust and the -- -- Romney must cubicles or get that must be okay.
-- the media decided that the redistribution comment from then state senator Barack Obama just wasn't a story maybe you can say because it happened fourteen years ago whatever.
But it was.
It's because it happened fourteen years loud horn is -- banana as a record that I don't want clearly can look -- but it has sorry well it got it got six and a half.
Minutes of coverage.
Eight stories on sort of the Big Three networks in the meantime.
They devoted about 88 minutes of coverage -- to Romney's hidden camera.
Camera -- -- -- -- is an instance in which you have the man who wants to be president of all of us saying.
That half of the voters don't opt out there and half of the voters are -- -- iron and -- don't let us.
Let's go let's go to that weren't exactly -- there was people yeah his people -- Which is offensive but let's go to your point you said you would like to have this discussion and I think lots of Americans thought that when Paul Ryan was selected as the vice president.
You Renny get this larger discussion about entitlements and like.
Why is it that you think this statement was made in private donors the -- in a public setting.
It's because on the substance of it it is offensive but here's the thing.
Most of the people who pay no taxes and remember -- call when you're talking about that 47%.
The overwhelming majority of them hate.
Payroll taxes the local taxes property taxes in the -- Where you're talking about coming back and -- -- on all that you're talking now let's talk about who pays no taxes -- you're talking about a majority of the elderly in our society or people.
Who are so -- Or you don't make less than 20000 so that's the substance of it as -- -- Obama's statement on where that that substance of that is we have a tax.
Policy that is about redistribution what do you think we're not out into the cubs and media are not -- -- -- to say it is I thought the discussion was held back checkers went crazy M.