Obama, in 2008 and again in 2012, raised more money than any previous presidential candidate. He raised more money from Wall Street in 2008 than did John McCain. Democratic Hollywood mogul Jeff Katzenberg of DreamWorks brought in more than $6.6 million for Obama in the two election cycles.
Obama claims he accepts no money from "registered lobbyists." But The New York Times reported a full year before Obama's re-election: "At least 15 of Mr. Obama's 'bundlers' -- supporters who contribute their own money to his campaign and solicit it from others -- are involved in lobbying for Washington consulting shops or private companies. ... They glide easily through the corridors of power in Washington, with a number of them hosting Mr. Obama at fundraisers while also visiting the White House on policy matters and official business."
Newsies like Pelley think of themselves as nonpartisan. But where are the stories about how the growing size of government creates a growing need to lobby? In 2000, many Democrats called the election "stolen" because the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Bush. To what degree did IRS thuggery affect the election? How many conservatives decided against actively participating in the election because they feared an IRS audit?
The bigger the government, the more people will lobby to influence the outcome. Lobbying is one of the freedoms recognized by the First Amendment, the right of the people "to petition the government for a redress of grievances." In addition to health care, Obama seeks to increase the role of the federal government in education, transportation, infrastructure, "climate change," nutrition and gun regulation, among others.
In "Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News," ex-CBS newsman Bernard Goldberg describes a conversation with the then-president of CBS News. "Look, Bernie," Andrew Heyward said, "of course there's a liberal bias in the news. All the networks tilt left. ... If you repeat any of this, I'll deny it."
Pelley's "house" has been on fire for a long time. He speaks only about getting things wrong with breaking stores. But media bias is not late-breaking or fast-developing. It is a function of an anti-business, pro-collectivism left-wing education. In 1980, a poll found that 40 percent of Columbia University journalism students believed in government ownership of large corporations! Only a third believed the free enterprise system was fair to workers!
It is this left-wing ideological pool from which major news organizations hire their reporters. Apologize for that, Mr. Pelley.