Brent Bozell

For many months, the liberal media elite has made no secret that in its mind the field of Republican presidential candidates includes Mitt Romney and a collection of clowns. Clearly, Romney is the opponent that Barack Obama and the liberal establishment want nominated.

Journalists have mercilessly savaged every single conservative alternative to Romney who's ascended to the top of the polls: Palin, Bachman, Cain, Perry and Gingrich. It's too bad for them that the results from the Iowa caucuses threw off their bold predictions that the Romney juggernaut would achieve lift off in Des Moines, Iowa. Yet Romney won by only eight votes over, surprising, Rick Santorum. This means one thing only: Senator, step up to the guillotine.

"He's about to face the meat grinder of tough scrutiny for the first time," promised Ann Curry on the "Today" show. I'm still waiting for Obama to face the "meat grinder of tough scrutiny for the first time." Instead, he gets to handle Barbara Walters' slow-pitch puffballs in prime time, being asked what kind of superhero powers he'd like to have.

Some would protest Obama has faced some meat-grinder questions recently. Take the president's "60 Minutes" favorite, Steve Kroft, who put some tough questions to the president on CBS in December. The complaint? Obama compromised too much with heinous right-wingers. Kroft scolded, "There are people in your own party who think that you were outmaneuvered, that you were stared down by John Boehner and Grover Norquist and capitulated. ... It seems to be all the compromising is being done by you."

The compromising is supposed to be done by the conservatives. The media stayed on their message with a relentless discipline after the Iowa results. Santorum, like the other authentic conservatives, are too "far right" to win. Ann Curry started the meat grinder. "So is he going to have to change his conservative message as he's looking into north, looking into New Hampshire, which is a much less conservative state?"

ABCs Jake Tapper laid out the "reality" of Santorum moving to the center. "His is an unapologetic, in-your-face conservatism. But Santorum argues this is all part of his fight for the traditional American family," Tapper reported. "But in order for Santorum to succeed, he really needs to expand beyond those base Republican voters."

Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
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