By now, the media bias in favor of Obama is so glaringly obvious that it’s clear - MSNBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, The New York Times – are nothing but shills for the Democratic Party.
I saw this years ago. During the 1994 congressional elections, I was living in London, and the contrast between the American media coverage and that of the European media shocked me. Whatever their personal sentiments, it was clear to the Europeans that American voters were in a “throw the bums out” mood, and that’s what they reported. The American press, on the other hand, was in complete denial, like Kevin Bacon’s character in Animal House, screaming, “All is well!” as he is trampled by a stampeding mob.
And it has gotten worse. With each successive election, the American media has tried harder not only to influence the outcome, but to dictate it; to control it. You know their tactics; there’s no reason to recount them all here. Old media has lost every shred of credibility it once had.
But somehow, the “poll results” have remained sacrosanct.
So for weeks we’ve been hearing how Obama is “pulling ahead” in almost every “major poll.” I hear some conservatives worrying that the election is already lost. This is nonsense. After months of hearing the media spout lie after lie, they report skewed, self-serving poll results, and you believe them?
Despite the media’s love affair with Obama, and despite the fact that McCain has not run anything like a brilliant campaign, Obama is still (allegedly) only 5 or 6 points ahead. I think even this alleged point spread is exaggerated. My suspicion is that Obama and McCain are neck-and-neck. The media wouldn’t believe that, because they spend all their time talking to people who think like they do, as well as believing that they, like God, can make something happen just by announcing that it’s so. But as Sarah Palin and Joe Wurzelbacher have shown, Americans roar their approval when someone has the guts to tell them the TRUTH. And, like Joe, many Americans don’t reveal who they’re voting for, even when asked.
WAKE UP! The whole purpose of the media spin is to persuade conservatives that the election is over: stay home, don’t vote, don’t bother. One sure way for conservatives to hand Obama the election is to do precisely that.
The second fatal error conservatives can make (and I know I’m inviting the onslaught here) is to throw away your vote on a third-party candidate who cannot win, on the assumption that a couple of years with a super-liberal government will turn people’s heads around.
Laura Hollis is an Associate Professional Specialist and Concurrent Associate Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, where she teaches entrepreneurship and business law. She is the author of the forthcoming publication, “Start Up, Screw Up, Scale Up: What Government Can Learn From the Best Entrepreneurs,” © 2014. Her opinions are her own, and do not reflect the position of the university. Follow her on Twitter: @LauraHollis61.