A new study by the Business and Media Institute shows that if liberal health plans are losing popularity, it can't be blamed on TV news. From Jan. 20 to June 24 on ABC, CBS and NBC, fully 70 percent of the soundbites supported Obama's leftist health-care ideas. Network reporters exaggerated the number of uninsured Americans up to "50 million." The networks ignored how big-government health schemes like the one in Massachusetts were more costly than planned.
But 70 percent positive coverage is not enough. Just as Clinton used to do when the media were anything but fawning, Obama is whining that journalists are peddling "myths." In a conference call with liberal bloggers on July 20, he claimed, "I know the blogs are best at debunking myths that can slip through a lot of the traditional media outlets."
According to Obama, the supposed No. 1 "myth" is that his "reform" agenda is expensive. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office -- with a director selected by the Democratic majority -- sent a torpedo into Obama's plans when they concluded the legislation currently being debated would raise the federal deficit, not reduce it. "It's simply not true," claimed Obama to the bloggers.
Again, you can't blame the networks for this bad publicity. When the CBO report came out, CBS and NBC skipped it.
This eroding political campaign is beginning to smell like the expiration of Hillary Clinton's massive health-care overhaul proposal 16 years ago. The networks praised her to the skies. She was so intelligent and fluent in policy. Her almost-bionic brain was only matched by her deeply compassionate heart. Hillary gave a number of interviews with sappy anchors like Dan Rather. NBC gave her a two-hour town meeting, funded by a pro-Hillary foundation. But in the end, despite all the liberal media bias, Hillarycare tanked. American wasn't -- isn't -- buying.
Barack Obama surely thinks he proved in the primaries how much more charismatic he is than Hillary Clinton, so the same fate couldn't possibly happen to him. What he's proving now in every interview is that the charm has worn off, and the liberal-media hype is no longer effective. The conservative alternative media army is beginning to see their skepticism about Obama take hold. Expect the "mainstream" media to start pounding on them.