A Price Even The Most Eager Voter Should Be Unwilling To Pay
Are you angry at the way the media is trying to control this presidential election? For just the latest example, check out this actual front page of the Palm Beach Post. Please note both main headlines (they're not even trying to pretend they lack bias any more!).
On the one hand, maybe you shouldn't worry. Gallup polled Americans and found that not a single non-Democrat in the country even pays attention to the media. OK, slight exaggeration but less than 40% of Americans even say they're paying attention to news about national politics.
More importantly, 60% of Americans say that have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly -- a record high.
Republicans and Independents agree on the issue. Respectively 26% and 31% of them trust the media. But a whopping 58% of Democrats trust the media.
Which brings us to Continetti's piece in the Washington Free Beacon:
You are probably eager to vote on Nov. 6. You have followed the news closely, watched the ads, listened to the conventions, and waited for the debates. If you are like most people, you are worried about the direction of the country, and for good reason. Calling the current economic situation a “recovery” is an insult. The government has failed to address important matters such as taxes, spending, and debt. American embassies across the Muslim world are under siege. The situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating, Putin just ejected USAID from Russia, and China and Japan are hurtling towards conflict. The candidates agree: This election is a choice between two futures. You get to say which path you would prefer in a little over a month.
Just kidding! The election is over, and Mitt Romney lost. He’s toast; his goose is cooked; put a fork in him he’s done; he’s yesterday’s news. Disagree? That’s too bad. The American media have made up their minds. And on this they are certain: Barack Obama is a lock for reelection. They may not be sure when Romney lost exactly—was it his trip to England, Israel, and Poland? Was it the Clint Eastwood speech at the RNC? Was it Romney’s response to the attacks on our embassies in Benghazi and Cairo? Was it his leaked remarks on government dependency? The exact date doesn’t matter. What matters is that the chorus has spoken. The politburo has decided. A consensus has been reached. Romney will lose, and the only question is by how much. The voters might as well stay at home.
The conceited arrogance with which our most sophisticated and well-schooled editors, writers, and journalists voice this conclusion makes it that much more annoying. Their eagerness to judge Romney a failure is not only premature but also erodes whatever credibility they had left. Indeed, the ridiculous manner in which the political press has covered the 2012 campaign suggests that “bias” is no longer a suitable description of the character of the media establishment. “Partisan toadies” may be a better one. “Obama’s army” is another.
What follows are some of the most enjoyable slaps at the media that I've read in a long time. I encourage you to read the whole thing so that you can have the same pleasure. He ends on a sobering point:
But be warned: If Romney does lose, not only will you have to deal with the consequences of a second Obama term. You also will have to watch as the smug and puffed up soldiers in Obama’s vainglorious army pat themselves on the back, and pompously remind the country that they were right all along. And that is a price even the most eager voter should be unwilling to pay.