Then he added to the painting of history and hope: "How do you begin to wrap your head around the bigger picture of, if you're successful, you'll move into a house where, when the Adams [family] moved in, slaves were finishing the plaster over the fireplace. How does that work?"
To be fair, other anchors also pounded Mrs. Romney and saved their go for Mrs. Obama. CBS anchorman Scott Pelley reminded Mrs. Obama how "in your speech on the first night of the convention, you said that the presidency 'does not change a person, it reveals the person.'" He added: "I wonder, has this experience revealed anything to you about your husband that you did not know?"
Then he asked the first lady, "What do you get tired and frustrated about?" She tried to demur, suggesting she was impressed with her husband's focus on moving America forward. Then Pelley ludicrously suggested, "You could have said that persistent questioning by reporters gets under your skin. That's a possibility." She couldn't answer that, either.
She should have burst out laughing. During the Republican convention, Pelley attempted to embarrass Ann Romney with a gotcha question: "The president is starting a tour called the Romney-Ryan Wrong for Women tour...A lot of women look at the Republican platform on abortion, contraception, a number of issues, and ask the question whether Republicans have women's best interests at heart?"
ABC provided its partisan favors for the Democrats, as well. On Wednesday night of the Charlotte convention, "World News" deliberately skipped reporting the embarrassment of Democrats booing loudly as some of them voted to put a single mention of "God" back in the party platform. Instead, ABC devoted three minutes to fill-in anchor David Muir talking to Caroline Kennedy about a tribute film to Ted Kennedy. Muir also gushed about Michelle Obama "electrifying the crowd here and, apparently, someplace else: Twitter. Nearly twice as many tweets per minute as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney."
All the national media's ridiculous overpraise of Obama in 2008 looks now like an enormous swindle, a real-life telling of "The Emperor's New Clothes." But the networks just keep gushing about the wondrous gifts of the Obamas, now asserting that it iss the Romneys who are somehow out of touch with reality.
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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