What liberal media bias?
Members of the media have apparently been using “fake” names to buy official Obama gear and contribute to the Obama campaign inside the Time Warner Cable Arena where the President is due to speak in a few minutes. During our travels around the arena, Politicker spotted a souvenir stand in one of the press stands selling T-shirts and buttons supporting President Barack Obama, “Democrats Are Hot” bumper stickers and other official Obama merchandise.
The souvenir stand was in a secure area only accessible to those with a media credential and buying campaign gear means contributing to the campaign, so we asked the woman working the cash register whether anyone at the press stand had been making purchases. Her answers were quite surprising.
The woman working at the souvenir stand told us she hadn’t been “too busy” during the day, but had seen business pick up in the past half hour or so. She then asked us whether we wanted to buy anything. When we informed her that our status as a reporter means we don’t buy campaign gear, she suggested a strategy other members of the media have apparently used to pick up their Obama swag.
“Have you ever thought of making up a fake name? That’s what the other guys do,” she said.
Perhaps the fake names would match their equally fake objectivity. While this is a joke to those who already recognize the level of bias in the media, the act itself is no laughing matter.
Matthew Sheffield of NewsBusters explains:
Buying Obama merchandise at the DNC actually requires a donation to the Democratic National Committee. Giving out a fake name to buy Obama swag is also likely a crime, if indeed it is taking place.
Perhaps they wouldn’t be able to commit such a crime if they were only asked to present some sort of photo ID.
Likely not. After all, it was just a short time ago that the headline glaring from the cover of Newsweek was asking, “Why Are Obama’s Critics So Dumb?”
This is also the same magazine who’s post-election analysis in 2008 included a prediction that there would be a baby boom based on the excitement, and subsequent increase in sex, that would result from Obama’s victory. No, I’m not kidding. Yes, I also just threw up in my mouth.
But the latest article which gets feature status on this week’s cover of Newsweek is a stunner nonetheless.
The title? Hit the Road, Barack.
The subtitle? Why We Need a New President.
Does it get any more honest than that?
Author Niall Ferguson then poses this question and answer:
Why does Paul Ryan scare the president so much? Because Obama has broken his promises, and it’s clear that the GOP ticket’s path to prosperity is our only hope.
Ferguson then goes into a little more detail as to why the GOP ticket is the only hope.
I was a good loser four years ago. “In the grand scheme of history,” I wrote the day after Barack Obama’s election as president, “four decades is not an especially long time. Yet in that brief period America has gone from the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. to the apotheosis of Barack Obama. You would not be human if you failed to acknowledge this as a cause for great rejoicing.”
Despite having been—full disclosure—an adviser to John McCain, I acknowledged his opponent’s remarkable qualities: his soaring oratory, his cool, hard-to-ruffle temperament, and his near faultless campaign organization.
Yet the question confronting the country nearly four years later is not who was the better candidate four years ago. It is whether the winner has delivered on his promises. And the sad truth is that he has not.
In his inaugural address, Obama promised “not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth.” He promised to “build the roads and bridges, the electric grids, and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together.” He promised to “restore science to its rightful place and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost.” And he promised to “transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age.” Unfortunately the president’s scorecard on every single one of those bold pledges is pitiful.
This certainly isn’t an indicator that Newsweek is shifting it’s policies to to the right. It is after all, a lone article. Several liberal pieces of tripe are surely in queue in the coming months.
But the question remains, how bad does it have to be for a hard liberal magazine to shift focus even for a day, and take a hard shot at the President?