Super Tuesday & Expectations

Posted in Election 2012,Media Bias by Ryan on the March 7th, 2012

From the headlines and network analysis, you would get the impression that Mitt Romney didn’t have a very good night.  In reality, he won a majority of the contests, placing 1st in 6 of 10 states, 2nd in 3 and 3rd only in 1.

The narrative is that he somehow isn’t connecting with people, even though he now has more delegates than all the other candidates combined. And then some.  I think it is safe to say that Romney doesn’t have a “connection” problem, he has an “expectations” problem.  Expectations seem to have become Romney’s biggest challenge.

Some might argue that his inability to seal the nomination somehow represents a problem, irregardless of the fact that the current occupant of the White House was mired in a contested primary for months before becoming the nominee.

So when you take a step back and objectively look at what happened last night, Romney won the state that all eyes were on.  The rest of the races were essentially a wash.  Romney won everything he was expected to, with the exception of swapping North Dakota for Alaska, and Santorum won everything he was expected to.  And Gingrich of course won his home state of Georgia which really opens the path to the nomination for him because…..he has more delegates than Ron Paul or something.

A pattern has really emerged this cycle.  Romney is so far and away more polished, prepared, organized and funded than other candidates, that it isn’t that he can’t quite seal the deal with the voters, but instead he can’t seal the deal with the media that expects near perfection from him.  If he wins a state like Washington or Arizona by a huge margin, it is simple victory, unworthy of much attention.  If he barely wins his home state like Michigan, it is a near catastrophic miss.  And if he barely wins a swing state like Ohio, he apparently has fundamental problems with his campaign.

In every scenario presented, Romney wins, and yet, the reluctance to give him his due is palpable.  It is as though there is a new normal wherein Romney must pad with a sizable margin or else risk discredit for the victory.

If Romney wins the White House this November, expect the following possible headlines from these same political analysts and pundits distressed at how to explain Romney’s victory:

Thin Margin of Victory Raises Questions Over Mandate to Govern
Romney Won, But Unfavorables Still an Issue
Mitt’s Triumph Overshadowed by Narrow Win
Romney Wins, but do Voters Trust Him?

The media loves a horse race I suppose.

Arizona/Palin Synopsis

Posted in Media Bias,U.S. by Ryan on the January 14th, 2011

Allahpundit says it all.

My point this week, though, and Ace’s point at his site, has been that this episodeisn’t business as usual. This isn’t some standard “Palin’s using rhetorical dog whistles for her Christian base!” attack. This is a congresswoman bleeding out of her head on the sidewalk with six bodies lying around her, one of them a little girl, and Palin being blamed for it instantly. And yet according to Keith Ellison, the proper response here should have been to validate that accusation by implication by saying, gee, yeah, I guess I should have toned it down. I’m not known for being a Palin fan (as, er, any actual Palin fan could tell you) and even I can’t contain my indignation at the charge. And yet she’s supposed to just mellow out and take it because political reporters who won’t flatly correct the record for their readers think it’s bad “optics” to do otherwise? Unbelievable.

UPDATE: Ace makes equally awesome points in his wrap up linked to in the above.

We are now debating — quite seriously, or we’re supposed to be quite serious about debating this — whether Sarah Palin can use martial imagery in her speech, even though everyone in politics does this, including the very media now assuring us this is all a terrible thing. And we are supposed to have this very serious debate while our opponents in the debate are simply making things up, or, more accurately: We are supposed to indulge our opponents’ retreat to a fantasy world they’ve constructed, and not disrupt their fantasy too much, because, who knows, Paul Krugman might snap if we do.

We Con the World

Posted in Media Bias,War on Terror,World by Ryan on the June 4th, 2010

A humorous look at a serious situation.  I don’t know how I would even hold a conversation with someone that thought Israel at fault in the “Flotilla Incident.”

Political Correctness

Posted in Media Bias,U.S.,War on Terror by Ryan on the May 21st, 2009

Perhaps CNN thought it was irrelevant to mention the Islamic religious affiliation of those planning to bomb a synagogue and shoot down a US military airplane.

The CNN article doesn’t once mention any sort of religious affiliation, desire to avenge muslim deaths, nor the desire to, “do jihad.”  I suppose it was not an important detail.

Prediction: Meghan McCain Leaves GOP

Posted in Media Bias by Ryan on the May 20th, 2009

Just throwing it out there.  She keeps on getting soundbites and headlines because she represents “a bold new face of republicanism.” However, I’m guessing that after a few months, perhaps a year or two, we’ll see her slip to becoming an independent, or even a democrat.

I feel silly adding to the attention that is already out there, but she has become the opposite of the Rush Limbaugh phenomenon.  Instead of Limbaugh representing the “worst” in the minds of democrats, McCain embodies the “best” in the GOP in their minds, and is given ample screen time and headlines.

Apparently she is 24, attended Columbia, earning a degree in Art History.  I feel much the same as Matt Lewis:

What can I say about her that hasn’t already been said? My position can best be summed up by Matthew Yglesias, who wrote: “To the best of my knowledge we’re talking about a young woman who’s never accomplished anything or held a job.”

Education We Can Believe In

Posted in Election 2008,Media Bias by Ryan on the February 10th, 2009

So we’ve been told that Obama has assembled some of the best “brain power” we’ve seen in a long time.

Apparently the new Secretary of Education might have forgotten to terminate abusive teachers in the Chicago Public Schools he was responsible for.  At least it’s not as embarrassing as unpaid taxes.

CBS 2 informed former Chicago Public School CEO Arne Duncan of our investigative findings shortly before he was promoted to U.S. Secretary of Education.

“If someone hits a student, they are going to be fired. It’s very, very simple,” Duncan said.


But that’s not what happened under Duncan’s watch. Of the 568 verified cases, only 24 led to termination. Records show one teacher who quote “battered students for several years” was simply given a “warning” by the Board of Education.

Hat tip: Dr. Richard Kimball

Charles Krauthammer is My Hero

Posted in Election 2008,Media Bias,War on Terror by Ryan on the October 29th, 2008

I absolutely love reading his columns.  His latest column is a succinct package about the state of the election and why he is voting for McCain.

The case for McCain is straightforward. The financial crisis has made us forget, or just blindly deny, how dangerous the world out there is. We have a generations-long struggle with Islamic jihadism. An apocalyptic soon-to-be-nuclear Iran. A nuclear-armed Pakistan in danger of fragmentation. A rising Russia pushing the limits of revanchism. Plus the sure-to-come Falklands-like surprise popping out of nowhere.

Who do you want answering that phone at 3 a.m.? A man who’s been cramming on these issues for the last year, who’s never had to make an executive decision affecting so much as a city, let alone the world? A foreign policy novice instinctively inclined to the flabbiest, most vaporous multilateralism (e.g., the Berlin Wall came down because of “a world that stands as one”), and who refers to the most deliberate act of war since Pearl Harbor as “the tragedy of 9/11,” a term more appropriate for a bus accident?

Unbelievable. The Ayers-Obama Relationship

Posted in Election 2008,Media Bias by Ryan on the October 9th, 2008

CNN has an in depth investigative report regarding Sarah Palin’s assertion that Obama associates with terrorists.  It is unbelievable how overwhelmingly it contradicts the conclusions made by the same network’s own feckless “Truth Squad” headed up by Josh Levs and unquestioned by “journalists.”

Here is the investigative report:

And here is the “Truth Squad” at different times:

Besides the fact that Josh Levs has proven himself a joke of a reporter for something called the “Truth Squad,” he wants to play the semantics game, because in his mind, that is more important than investigating the past relationship between Obama and Ayers.

The anchors can hardly hide their dismay that anyone would question the Obamessiah’s past, mentioning Obama was 7 or 8 years old at the time Ayers bombed federal buildings.    Anderson Cooper does hide his bias a bit better than the others, but maybe that is because he just sat through a damning investigative report.

If media bias were not so serious, this would be funny.  Same network, different facts. Needs a New Photo Editor

Posted in Election 2008,Media Bias by Ryan on the September 4th, 2008

Less than an hour after Palin finishes her speech, has this image on their homepage.  Come on CNN, are you that lame?



Looks like it has since gotten replaced.

Cambell Brown Cannot Hide Her Bias

Posted in Election 2008,Media Bias by Ryan on the September 2nd, 2008

Hat tip to Matt Lewis.

I actually watched this segment on CNN and my blood got boiling as she was sitting there saying these things to the McCain spokesman:

Tucker, though, this obviously putting this young woman, Bristol Palin smack in the media spotlight at what’s already got to be a very challenging time in her life. I mean, how do you respond to people who wonder why her mother would have subjected her to this scrutiny by accepting this high-profile position?

Here is the youtube video.

This is after Obama had said to leave the Palin story alone.  Brown herself admits that such should be the case in a perfect world but then, she says, in reality this will be scrutinized.  It’s almost like she was saying, “Yeah, decent people would leave this alone but since CNN has become a sleazy and tabloidish arm of the Obama campaign, I’m going to press the point again and again.”

I’ve noticed her more than once totally twisting questions and discussions in favor of her point of view which conveniently lines up with Obama’s.  Really silly and as Matt Lewis at says,

This is irresponsible journalism, to say the least — and a further example of liberal bias which is permeating most cable news networks these days.

Besides the part about the pregnant daughter the spokesman was asked about Palin’s experience as David Gergen continued his assault on Palin as a Vice-Presidential pick.  McCain needs someone that can hit back instead of just answering questions through deflection.  To Cambell Brown’s credit, she asked the only admissable question and that is, “Since McCain made experience an issue, particuarly foreign policy experience, how do you defend his selection of Palin?”  I would think you’d bluntly state the fact that Palin is running for vice-president or something else…maybe about her being Governor from a state with 2 international borders and matters she handled in that regard?  Instead he mentions talking points about the Alaska National Guard and Cambell Brown presses him to say one thing she decided as head of the Alaska National Guard.  Fortunately he didn’t freeze up and say what that Obama person did a few months back but I think that hes got to be quicker on his feet.  He kind of fumbled out a couple of answers about making decisions but couldn’t actually name a specific one to silence and embarass Brown.

Other questions about Palin’s experience in general though are hilarious considering the top of the Obama/Biden ticket.  Here is a vice-presidential candidate that has not aspired to high office and you want to compare that to a first term senator who has already written his own memoirs?

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