Right now the biggest political story of the day is the disgraceful ad released by the pro-Obama super PAC, Priorities USA, that shamelessly, openly, and falsely blames Mitt Romney for the death of a woman afflicted with cancer. In the ad, a man named Joe Soptic tells a tragic but completely misleading story that lays the unfortunate death of his wife at Romney’s feet. The ad is so outrageous, even the mainstream media has demanded the Obama Campaign repudiate it.
The response from the Obama camp has uniformly been to declaratively deny any knowledge of the content in the ad. This includes Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter, Obama Campaign Senior Adviser Robert Gibbs, and Obama Campaign Spokesperson Jen Psaki.
So, you have the biggest political story in the country, you have three Obama officials (two of them very high-profile) playing Who me? when it comes to the story, and then you discover the following….
But Cutter hosted an Obama campaign conference call in May in which Soptic told reporters the very story featured in the Priorities spot.
…what do you do?
Well, if you’re the corrupt Politico, you dutifully report but bury what is very big news that could affect Your Precious One’s credibility.
As of right now, you have a so-called objective news outlet obsessed with politics catching a sitting president’s campaign in a bald-faced lie, and this is the headline of the piece:
Is that the news, really?
Is that the story here — the Obama campaign denies knowing Soptic’s story?
Of course it isn’t.
The news is that the Obama campaign LIED about knowing nothing about Soptic’s story.
As of right now, casual readers looking at Politico’s front page won’t even find the story. But even if you do, the headline pretty much says nothingburger, when in reality, it’s 100% steak — that is, if you’re a news outlet more interested in reporting news than in reelectiing a failed president.
But this is how the media pretends to be objective — this is how the media can say, “Hey, we reported this!”
Sure, technically, that’s true.
But it you report something big and important and then intentionally bury it so no one can read it, did you really report it?
I’m going to go with no.
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