That's called a "question" to the Democrats -- like this socialist softball from ABC's Robin Roberts to Hillary Clinton on March 26, 2007: "A lot of people feel like they're rolling the dice every morning about their health care. They can't afford it," Roberts declared. "And two-thirds -- did you realize this? -- two-thirds of Americans who do not have health insurance are working."
ABC's "Good Morning America" was noticeably interested in helping Democrats with long interviews four years ago. By this time in the election cycle, they had offered 38 minutes of airtime to John Edwards in a town-hall setting and 26 minutes to Hillary Clinton. None of the Republican candidates received that favor in 2007. None have received that favor in 2011, either.
It's not hard to see a slant. Four years ago, Sen. Joe Biden's pathetic campaign for president had earned him four morning-show interviews with 19 minutes of airtime -- more than the apparent GOP front-runner, Rudy Giuliani, who was offered three interviews taking 17 minutes.
Then there are the evening shows. By this point in 2007, CBS "60 Minutes" correspondent Steve Kroft had already offered a first supportive "60 Minutes" interview with Obama, in January, asking if the "country is ready for a black president." In May, Mike Wallace pelted Mitt Romney and his family with nasty questions, such as why none of his five sons ever joined the military. None of the Republican candidates have been featured on "60 Minutes" this year.
Republicans may not be eager to face hardball interviews with liberal network anchors, but they feel it's necessary to be considered a viable national candidate. When they sit down on a network set, they know the anchors aren't there to make their presidential dreams come true. They know they'll be lucky if their campaign doesn't vanish with the next gotcha question.
Considering all this, it's a little amazing that Obama is doing so poorly that he only beats Ron Paul by four points in the latest CNN poll. If Obama loses, no one can blame the liberal media.
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