Media Watch: Stephanopoulos Calls 8 of 9 Debates for Dems
But more undecided voters will be swayed by the media’s post-debate spin about who won and who lost than by any pre-debate expectations. Reviewing the last several campaigns, MRC analysts have found a clear trend of network reporters fawning over the performance of liberal candidates, while harping on any perceived weaknesses or gaffes from conservatives.
One of the most reliable pro-Democratic pundits is none other than George Stephanpoulos — not especially surprising, given his track record as a loyal operative for Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, but hardly the objective, unbiased voice touted by ABC News. MRC has documented how, in eight out of the last nine general election presidential debates (every one since he joined ABC News in 1997), Stephanopoulos has gone on his network’s airwaves to claim victory for the Democratic candidate, all in the guise of offering impartial analysis.
And as we all know, the media then follows this up with a quickie reaction poll declaring the Democrat the winner which, in turn, allows the morning newspapers and news shows to declare the Democrat the winner.
People arguing the media will now turn to a Romney Comeback Narrative are fooling themselves.
The media thinks they have Romney down and they intend to keep him down. There's no way the media will risk any kind narrative that paints Romney as doing something right.
Obama's stuck at 47% - 49%, which means most people are still open to Romney. Therefore, any narrative that paints him as competent or effective could tip this thing, regardless of how hard the media works to resurrect Obama afterwards.
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