Do Ohio voterstruly believe the Cleveland Plain Dealer delivers the news impartially? ThePlain Dealer‘s coverage of thethird and final presidential debate was cunningly supported by quotes that wereonly from left-wing news outlets.
First, thePlain Dealer said Obama had won a clear victory, quoting the Washington Post.The Post‘s brief summation was amasterpiece of subterfuge:
Snappolls from multiple outlets gave President Obama the victory over Mitt Romneyin the foreignpolicy debate. In a CNN-ORC poll,48 percent of voters said Obama won; 40 percent said Romney did. A CBS poll ofuncommitted voters was more dramatic: Obama took 53 percent, Romney took23 percent, and another 24 percent called it a tie. A surveydone by the Democratic automated firm Public Policy Polling, taken in 11 swingstates, found Obama won 53 percent to 42 percent. Among independents, he won 55percent to 40 percent.
Let’s parsethis for a moment; the Plain Dealer quoted two polls, one from CNN and one fromCBS. 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% ofindependents said they were more likely to vote for Romney and only 32% saidthey were more likely to vote for Obama.
ThePlain Dealer wasn’t finished with their chicanery yet. Just who were theluminaries they quoted in the rest of their coverage?
1. Glenn Thrush of Politico
2. The Los Angeles Times editorial board
3. David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun (who once slammed Fox News ascore” while saying of Politico “I watched Politico on C-SPAN, and thought I had died and gone toa heaven where television provided smart, savvy, real, semi-raw election nightcoverage again.”)
4. Tom Cohen of CNN
5. CNN Chief National Correspondent John King
6. CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen
7. E.J Dionne of the Washington Post
8. Clive Crook of the Atlantic
Inan effort to obscure their incredible bias, the Plain Dealer quoted AlexCastellanos, a Republican strategist and CNN contributor, saying Obamawing that he teamed with DemocraticParty strategist Steve McMahon in 2008 to form Purple Strategies, a bipartisanpublic affairs firm.
Did the PlainDealer quote Charles Krauthammer, the Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist who iswidely acknowledged as one of the best and most analytical pundits, if not the best and most analyticalpundit? Why not?
Krauthammerthought Romney won the debate. Oh.
This is thesame newspaper that endorsed Sherrod Brown, uber-liberal, the same newspaperwhose PolitifactOhio site has a strong bias toward the Democratic Party, asnoted here.
When theCleveland Plain Dealer covers the news, be forewarned: something very fishy isgoing on.