Speaking at the Al Smith dinner, which benefits Catholic humanitarian causes, Mitt Romney took on the press in a joking manner that struck many as truthful. “Now I never suggest that the press is biased,” he said. “I recognize that they have their job to do, and I have my job to do. My job is to lay out a positive vision for the future of the country, and their job is to make sure no one else finds out about it.”
He went on, “Let’s just say that some in the media have a certain way of looking at things. When suddenly I pulled ahead in some of the major polls, what was the headline? ‘Polls Show Obama Leading from Behind.’ And I’ve already seen early reports from tonight’s dinner. Headline: ‘Obama Embraced by Catholics. Romney Dines with Rich People.’”
Meanwhile, Professor Paul Kengor was not joking when he told Breitbart News that the job of the major media “is to protect Obama, not expose him.” Kengor has experienced media bias first hand since his blockbuster book, The Communist, came out in July. It exposes Obama’s relationship with Communist Party operative Frank Marshall Davis.
Frank, a character from Obama’s book, Dreams from My Father, was revealed to be Frank Marshall Davis in 2007, when a Communist Party writer named Gerald Horne made the disclosure. Blogger Trevor Loudon wrote about the connection that same year, and AIM (Accuracy In Media) confirmed the identification of “Frank” as Frank Marshall Davis on February 18, 2008, in a column titled “Obama’s Communist Mentor.” Davis’s 600-page FBI file was released in August of that year—before the election.
Asked by Breitbart News if any mainstream media journalists have contacted him about his definitive and exhaustive analysis of Davis and his relationship to Obama, Kengor replied, “Are you kidding? No way. Not a chance. They’ll send a team of a dozen reporters to fact-check Sarah Palin’s memoirs or a Romney speech, but not to investigate the President they’ve committed to coddle and preserve.”
Kengor said of the media, “They aren’t real journalists. They’re political partisans first and journalists second. They’re not honest, or they delude themselves on a grand scale. They’ve sacrificed their noble profession to an ignoble political ideology.”
Except for the jokes at the Al Smith dinner, the Romney campaign has decided not to attack media bias, even though liberal media strategies of distortion and omission can cost a Republican candidate critical voter support and in Romney’s case guarantee an Obama re-election victory on November 6.
Tim Groseclose, author of Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind, told AIM in an interview with Roger Aronoff that the leftward bias of the media has shifted the political quotient of the average American by about 20 points on a scale of 100, in terms of conditioning the public to accept the Democratic Party, its candidates, and policies. This translates potentially into millions of votes. One of the many tactics, Groseclose said, is to cite liberal groups as reliable and reputable sources of information and identity conservative sources by their political leanings, thus reducing their appeal and attraction.
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