The Obama/Media Synergy

Carol Platt Liebau
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Posted: Jun 14, 2011 5:18 PM
In my post about last night's debate, I slammed some of the questions, particularly about government spending,  as seemingly "aimed at producing an 'opposition-ready' quote from the candidates that could be used by Democrats to paint them as 'extreme.'"  Questions about the social issues (like gay marriage) were only asked, I argued, because they're what the press is focused on -- not because the answers would be particularly helpful or illuminating to Republican primary voters.

Well, lo and behold, today, Jake Tapper (one of the fairest MSM reporters out there) notes that the Obama campaign is sending around a "misleading" DNC tape, as Tapper puts it, "suggesting the candidates spoke only about sharia law, an anti-gay-marriage amendment, repealing health care, Sarah Palin, and the space program."  

It's perfect synergy!  John King asks the questions, and the Obama campaign immediately exploits his efforts by dishonestly portraying the candidates as "extremists" for having had to respond to questions reflecting left-wing/elite press preoccupations. 

Wonder if any other reporters -- including John King -- will do the reporting job that Tapper's trying to do in putting the record straight.