Media bias isn’t just about what is and isn’t covered. It’s also about how something is covered and rolled out. For instance, the failing and corrupt Washington Post has twice now attempted to use decades-old incidents to create ongoing media narratives meant to negatively define serious challengers to their precious Obama. The way in which this is done is to use huge splashes that are rolled out in a way that ensures plenty of attention and coverage (probably through coordination) from their fellow members of the corrupt media.
In October of last year, when Texas Governor Rick Perry was looking like a serious presidential contender, out of nowhere the Washington Post quite intentionally dropped a huge, attention-getting spread about a racist rock on a property neither Perry nor his family ever owned, (they leased a portion of it for hunting) and which was painted over who knows how many years ago.
All the Washington Post wanted to do here was to link the N-word to Rick Perry and to blunt his message and criticism of Obama by tying him up in defensive knots over nonsense. The bigger goal, though, was to aid and abet Obama’s reelection by using the weakest of reasons to define Perry — and by extension, his supporters and the Republican Party — as racist.
Using the exact same m.o., this morning the Washington Post dropped what had to be an intentionally-timed bomb on presumptive nominee Mitt Romney. Within hours of Obama suddenly deciding to stop lying about his position on same-sex marriage, the Washington Post read Mitt Romney’s teenage mind, found it anti-gay, and in a huge, attention-getting feature worked hand-in-hand with the Obama campaign to paint their likely challenger as a snooty, wealthy, homophobic, prep school bully.
Compare today’s story about Mitt Romney to a 2008 story the Washington Post published about then-candidate Obama’s formative years.
Just for starters, look at the difference in the headlines. Mitt Romney is immediately tagged as the prep schooler with troubling incidents in his past. By contrast, Obama is headlined as a thoughtful Seeker. The Romney article opens immediately with the tale of Romney’s homophobic bullying. This is in stark contrast to the opening of the ’08 Obama piece which paints a picture of Obama’s hard-scrabble life growing up in Hawaii.
Hilariously, you have to read — no joke — over 8,800 word before the words “drug use,” “marijuana,” or “cocaine” are mentioned in reference to Obama.
This is how the Washington Post tries to get away with claiming it covered Obama’s sordid past but also how it gets away with covering Obama’s sordid past without defining Their Candidate in a way that might hurt his chances of winning an election.
When it comes to Barack Obama’s formative years (and not-so distant past), to cover its Palace Guarding ass, almost all of the media dutifully report the facts but, quite intentionally, almost always in a way that does the least amount of damage. And when these stories drop in one media outlet, other media outlets cooperate by not picking up on the story in a fashion that will create a news narrative.
As you can see, this was reported before the 2008 election got started, and we all remember how hard the media worked to tamp down the 20 years Obama spent at the knee of racialist demagogue Jeremiah Wright (but heard none of that crazy stuff!) and the troubling fact that Obama’s political career began in the living room of admitted and unrepentant domestic terrorist, Bill Ayers.
The timing of today’s Washington Post hit-piece on Romney only confirms what I already suspected: that Journolist is alive and well, and that the same news outlet responsible for bringing down a corrupt president through its extraordinary investigative reporting of Watergate, is now coordinating hit-pieces to amplify White House messaging.
And it’s only May.