Obama granted five interviews to "60 Minutes" before that election and was (SET ITAL) never (END ITAL) asked about his record in Illinois or any of his scandalous associations, from Rev. Wright to Bill Ayers to Tony Rezko (now in prison), who helped him buy his house. Instead, Steve Kroft asked in his first interview, "Do you think the country is ready for a black president?" Kroft was still curious in his fifth interview, as they sat down in apparently racism-wracked Nevada: "I know, for a fact, that there are a lot of people out there, there are a lot of people right here in Elko, who won't vote for you because you're black. I mean, there's not much you can do. But how do you deal with it?"
Ultimately, Barack Obama will never be outspent -- if you were to calculate the price of the promotional airtime provided by the pro-Obama media, and in this cycle, their relentless Romney-bashing. While the networks manufacture gaffes overseas with Romney, real Obama gaffes -- "If you've got a business, you didn't build that" -- are called Republican smears, quotes out of "context."
In an online analysis, ABC claimed Republicans were basically lying: "Republicans have seized on the line 'you didn't build that' to falsely claim that Obama was speaking directly to business owners about their businesses." On CBS, morning anchor Charlie Rose complained about Obama being taken out of context, and the network's political analyst John Dickerson agreed that Obama needed to be defended: "Exactly, and what the president was saying, is it takes a village, essentially."
When Obama said, "Look, if you've been successful, you didn't get there on your own," he knew whereof he spoke. Everything he's gained in politics has been granted to him by an adoring news media. Look no further than Steve Kroft beginning his first Obama interview in 2007 by seriously comparing Obama with Abraham Lincoln.
It's no surprise that many voters have a serious feeling of buyer's remorse. But our shameless media have no remorse at all for foisting this man on the country and no capacity for embarrassment that they put him on Mount Rushmore without an accomplishment to his name. It's too bad America can't vote to send the media packing. But they can and should turn off the nightly narratives lamely called a "newscast."
L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. To find out more about Brent Bozell III, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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