The Cleveland Plain Dealer Deals in Biased News
Do Ohio voters
truly believe the Cleveland Plain Dealer delivers the news impartially? The
Plain Dealer’s coverage of the
third and final presidential debate was cunningly supported by quotes that were
only from left-wing news outlets.
Plain Dealer said Obama had won a clear victory, quoting the Washington Post.
The Post’s brief summation was a
masterpiece of subterfuge:
polls from multiple outlets gave President Obama the victory over Mitt Romney
in the foreign
policy debate. In a CNN-ORC poll,
48 percent of voters said Obama won; 40 percent said Romney did. A CBS poll of
uncommitted voters was more dramatic: Obama took 53 percent, Romney took
23 percent, and another 24 percent called it a tie. A survey
done by the Democratic automated firm Public Policy Polling, taken in 11 swing
states, found Obama won 53 percent to 42 percent. Among independents, he won 55
percent to 40 percent.
this for a moment; the Plain Dealer quoted two polls, one from CNN and one from
CBS. Fair enough. Then they quoted the poll done from Public Policy Polling (PPP)
to aver that Obama won with independents. But in the same poll, PPP stated that 47% of
independents said they were more likely to vote for Romney and only 32% said
they were more likely to vote for Obama.
Plain Dealer wasn’t finished with their chicanery yet. Just who were the
luminaries they quoted in the rest of their coverage?
Glenn Thrush of Politico
The Los Angeles Times editorial board
David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun (who once slammed Fox News as
“rotten to the
core” while saying of Politico “I watched Politico on C-SPAN, and thought I had died and gone to
a heaven where television provided smart, savvy, real, semi-raw election night
Tom Cohen of CNN
CNN Chief National Correspondent John King
CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen
E.J Dionne of the Washington Post
Clive Crook of the Atlantic
an effort to obscure their incredible bias, the Plain Dealer quoted Alex
Castellanos, a Republican strategist and CNN contributor, saying Obama
"won tonight on points, no doubt about it." Castellanos is so representative of the conservative
wing that he teamed with Democratic
Party strategist Steve McMahon in 2008 to form Purple Strategies, a bipartisan
public affairs firm.
Did the Plain
Dealer quote Charles Krauthammer, the Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist who is
widely acknowledged as one of the best and most analytical pundits, if not the best and most analytical
pundit? Why not?
thought Romney won the debate. Oh.
This is the
same newspaper that endorsed Sherrod Brown, uber-liberal, the same newspaper
whose PolitifactOhio site has a strong bias toward the Democratic Party, as
Cleveland Plain Dealer covers the news, be forewarned: something very fishy is