On CBS, Bob Schieffer was handing out the shovels to dig a grave for Romney. "I just can't think of anything that he could have said that could have hurt his cause more." I can. Another million-dollar wager here. Before this one's over there are going to be one, or two, or three or more "earthquake" moments for Romney. It could happen while he's brushing his teeth if these reporters decide that constitutes a new "earthquake."
There were 88 minutes of TV morning and evening news on this Romney tape on ABC, CBS, and NBC. The networks were right. There was an earthquake -- of their own making.
In response, the Romney team directed the networks to a 1998 tape of Obama where he professed his love for redistributing other people's money, solidifying the socialist world view Obama has so zealously denied. The networks gave this real bombshell six and a half minutes of attention.
That's "fairness" to these TV people, a 13-to-1 advantage for Obama. So you say Obama's comments were logged 14 years ago, and don't constitute "news?" OK, then consider the coverage of Obama's "Fast and Furious" scandal. On September 19, the Justice Department's inspector general released a scathing report detailing the government's incompetency that resulted in the death of an American border agent. The same networks that devoted 88 minutes to Romney talking about government dependents voting for Obama gave this scandal just six minutes and 40 seconds of airtime.
As usual on this scandal beat, CBS gave it most of the play, three minutes and 59 seconds. NBC allowed one minute and 44 seconds. ABC included a mere 61 seconds of anchor blather.
It must have been a joke over at ABC when morning anchor Amy Robach announced: "And now to the big story in Washington" as she gave it a grand total of (SET ITAL) 26 seconds (END ITAL). We know by now that to these "news" manufacturers, nothing can be a "big story" unless it makes Obama look good and helps him win a second term.
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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