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Mon Dec 10, 2012, 07:59 AM

How the Mainstream Press Bungled the Single Biggest Story of the 2012 Campaign

Post-mortems of contemporary election coverage typically include regrets about horserace journalism, he-said-she-said stenography, and the lack of enlightening stories about the issues.

But according to longtime political observers Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein, campaign coverage in 2012 was a particularly calamitous failure, almost entirely missing the single biggest story of the race: Namely, the radical right-wing, off-the-rails lurch of the Republican Party, both in terms of its agenda and its relationship to the truth.

Mann and Ornstein are two longtime centrist Washington fixtures who earlier this year dramatically rejected the strictures of false equivalency that bind so much of the capital's media elite and publicly concluded that GOP leaders have become "ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition."

The 2012 campaign further proved their point, they both said in recent interviews. It also exposed how fabulists and liars can exploit the elite media's fear of being seen as taking sides.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dan-froomkin/republican-lies-2012-election_b_2258586.html

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Reply How the Mainstream Press Bungled the Single Biggest Story of the 2012 Campaign (Original post)
BridgeTheGap Dec 2012 OP
MrYikes Dec 2012 #1
rurallib Dec 2012 #2
Uncle Joe Dec 2012 #3
Bill USA Dec 2012 #4
TimKeller Dec 2012 #5
hrmjustin Dec 2012 #6

Response to BridgeTheGap (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 08:07 AM

1. Sure wish we'd concentrate on helping Democrats, rather than fixing the republicans.

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Response to BridgeTheGap (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 09:18 AM

2. they were getting paid by corporations to miss this story

and so they did daily, weekly and monthly.
Somehow for the most part they also missed Romney's lies. Possibly because they got paid to do that also.

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Response to rurallib (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 12:07 PM

3. + Infinity with a cherry on top.

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Response to BridgeTheGap (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 06:07 PM

4. In Romney's Campaign of Big Lies, the very biggest Romney kept repeating and the GOP kept chanting

was that "Obama's economic policies haven't worked" The GOP toadies of Corporate media refused to point out the patent fraudulence of the charge. ... when anyone who wasn't comatose knew the GOP had fought Obama (and declared this tactic publicly) in everything he tried to do to rebuild the economy from the GOP's Trickle Down Deregulation disaster. Obama never got the chance to see his policies fully realized! But the GOP ball nuzzlers in Corporate media would blithely listen to Romney and the entire GOP chant this lie endlessly without even questioning them on it.

Ornstein and Mann did make some rounds to talk about their book, It's even worse than it Looks, which was devoted to the late extremism ("the GOP is the insurgent outlier of American politics"_Ornstein & Mann) of the GOP but nobody dared discuss with them their very serious charges at any length (and of course, Charlie Rose, Rabid Right Sycophant that he is, wouldn't even have them on his show!!).

for more details: The Continuing meme being promulgated by the GOP and echoed by all the Corp media toadies




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Response to BridgeTheGap (Original post)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 08:11 PM

5. Media needs to be active

News needs to be reported objectively without bias, but I think that requires discerning fact from fiction in campaign rhetoric

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Response to TimKeller (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 12, 2012, 08:19 PM

6. Welcome to DU and I hope you enjoy the site.

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