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“President Asterisk” is what James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal dubbed Barack Obama in May, after the details emerged that the IRS targeted the Tea Party to keep them on the sidelines during his reelection bid in 2012. But while the radically politicized IRS blocked a large portion of Mitt Romney’s potential grassroots supporters, the MSM worked to both block Romney’s message and to bottle up any negative details of Barack Obama. That’s the topic of the new book Collusion: How the Media Stole the 2012 Election—and How to Stop Them from Doing It in 2016, co-written by L. Brent Bozell and Tim Graham of the Media Research Center, which has been pushing back against the lies and distortions of the MSM since 1987, almost 15 years before being joined by the conservative Blogosphere.

As Brent Bozell told me during our interview, everything boiled to a head in the fall of 2012 and the fallout over Benghazi:

Just think about how [the MSM] pursued foreign policy issues with, say, President George Bush.  Remember WNDs and Iraq.  They wouldn’t leave that one alone until they got what they thought was the to the bottom of it.  Benghazi?  They never even started investigating it.

And what do we know?  We know also that Candy Crowley, who was the debate moderator in the third presidential debate, took away the shining moment from Mitt Romney when Barack Obama made the outlandish statement that he had, in fact, called it terrorism, denounced it as terrorism the first night, when in fact, he hadn’t.  And Mitt Romney looked at Obama in this look of disbelief, like I can’t believe you just gave me the presidency, and she jumped in to defend the President and jumped in to back him up.

And he pulled back to her and he said to her, now say that again.  And she repeated her defense of Barack Obama.  This isn’t — this isn’t journalism.  This isn’t reporting.  They pick sides.

During our interview, Brent will also discuss:

● In Britain, Fleet Street has long taken sides when it comes to British politics, but at least in the UK, there’s a newspaper for virtually everyone’s political worldview. In America, it’s basically Fox and talk radio and the Blogosphere versus the entire American MSM. What is the future of American politics with such an imbalanced news media?
● How did the MSM prep the battlefield for Obama by nationalizing the shooting of Trayvon Martin, and creating characters for national media consumption such as Sandra Fluke?
● Bozell’s take on Romney’s “47 percent” quote, and the MSM’s attempt to turn it into a sort of campaign-ending super gaffe.
● How the untimely death of Andrew Breitbart impacted the 2012 election.
● Why Republican candidates repeatedly allow the MSM to set the terms of discussion.
● What can the conservative Blogosphere and new media do to help prep the battlefield at least a little bit more in the GOP’s favor for the next presidential election year?

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I got the idea that the Republicans deliberately threw the election in the previous election with McCain.

The Republican Party is just as liberal/progressive as the Democrat party, but they're stuck with a base that wants them to oppose progressive big government. They have no intention of doing so, but also want to get elected into office.

So, they provide a false opposition that "opposes" the Left with the premeditated intent of losing.

I know that everyone likes to refer to liberal Republicans as "RINO's", but since most elected Republicans are RINO's, it's kind of a misnomer since the RINO's are actually the mainstream.
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So the media stole the election from Romney. SO WHAT? Do you honestly believe that anything would be different if Romney had won. The only difference between Romney and Obama is skin color. Who cares if it is Obamacare or Romneycare. Who cares if we have a bloated Big Government run by a White Guy or a Black Guy? It's not about the Economy Stupid! It's about the PEOPLE!!!! OF, BY AND FOR THE PEOPLE!!! Get the Big Government out of the way. Get the high taxes out of the way that you use to run it. Get the regulations out of the way and give this country back to the people. We are what it is all about! Not the TSA, the CIA, the NSA or whatever other vegetable soup of letters you can come up with.All this Government does is take away your rights and liberties in the name of keeping you safe from the Boogeyman who wants to jump out and scare you. You have sold your Rights and Liberties for a PROMISE of safety while the danger grows ever larger. This country was founded on the idea that the Government isn't the answer, THE PEOPLE ARE!!
Ron Paul had a better vision and a better idea, one he has been preaching for thirty years. He hasn't had to change every time the winds blow from a different direction. I suggest you turn your computer channel to www.RonPaul.com and find out the truth about what is happening to your Rights and Liberties. Then do your homework and read YOUR Constitution and see what Your responsibilities are. Better yet read YOUR Declaration of Independence and try to explain why it sounds like it is describing our current situation and not some ancient history that has no connection today. We've given it all away for a PROMISE of safety that the Big Government can't deliver on.
The problem isn't the Democrats or the Republicans or The ECONOMY. IT"S THE GOVERNMENT STUPID!!!
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The stealing of the 2012 election began in Iowa with Karl Rove calling the results hours in advance on Fox News with Ron Paul being cheated in that state.
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I'm sorry, I believe the 2012 was a coordinated effort. The Democrats and Obama, allowed the IRS, DOJ to steal the election, with the help of the MSM. It was coordinated because you had Democrat Congressmen writing letters to the IRS to investigate the tea party, you had other congresspeople trashing the tea party, you had the President of the United States, trashing the tea party, and you had the Vice-President of the United States trashing the tea party. The Press, in its own way, trashed the tea party. Their coverage of tea party events was the most biased I'd ever see, against people who were, in effect, just citizens using their constitutional rights.

None of these groups, the elected officials, the DOJ, the IRS, nor the press, could have swung this election on their own, it had to be coordinated. I'm not sure how it was coordinated, it could have been through the unions, or by the White House directly, who knows. You just can't get this level of coordination without some effort on someone's part.

It's like when Bush picked Dick Cheney as his running-mate, and the word "gravitas" spread like wildfire throughout the MSM, how can they be having an independent thought and come up with that arcane word?
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Journo-list, and like means.
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It will be interesting to see who the Marxist Socialist Media chooses to be president next.
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I don't appreciate the money I send this site being used by self-promoting/refrencing posters. I wish PJM would put a stop to it. I have no problem with linking to regular sites that add info to the topic at hand....but this constant self-promotion by Adinaf should be stopped. Soon. Please.
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The anger of so many at the dem party for foisting this fraud on us didn’t sink in the first time.

My money is also on massive voter fraud helping to reelect Fraud-O.
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RNC Sham 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtkLite1aFA

How The Government & Media Cheated Ron Paul

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXlWiTPn7pQ
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STOP MAKING NEWS IN DC! Nobody in the BoWash Axis of Evil is ever going to support anything a Republican does. Nobody in the Left Coast Ecotopia west of the mountains from Seattle to San Diego (and you can actually add coastal Alaska from Cordova to Ketchikan and not a little of Anchorage) is ever going to support anything a Republican does. So why in the World would any Republican have a presser in DC, NYC, BOS, or SEA, SFO, and LA? Anything you do in those major cities, especially the East Coast ones, is going to be grabbed and spun by the MSM and then the spin is what goes out to the Country.

Republicans need to abandon Georgetown. If you're a Member of Congress, wherever you build a fundraiser, they will come; a lobbyist or bundler will find the address to send the money to. Republican Congresspeople need to find that string that will lead them back to their district and state. If they have a press release to make, they should make it to their local and regional media. I know it doesn't feel as good as making the National news, but few of the people watching the National news can vote for you, everybody watching the local news can.

The dominant print media in my state is the McClatchey-owned Anchorage Daily News. McClatchey hates Republicans and most of the ADN's reporters and editors hate Republicans, but the ADN has to sell papers and ads here, so they have to be at least a little respectful of the opinions of their mostly Republican readership and local advertisers. The big Lower 48-based chains only look at readership and views, but the meat and potatoes of local paper advertising is car dealers and real estate brokerages, most of which are owned by locals who are also Republicans. If the little commie reporters want to keep a newspaper to report for, they have to be nice to local businesses no matter their politics.

Republicans need to reject the DC swamp and reject people who like that swamp. I know what it is like to be an appointee in a capital city; it is intoxicating, and you need to sober up quickly. Democrats only get graded for their savoir faire with fast cars, old whiskey, and young women; Republicans get chased out of office for those things. There's lots of fast cars, old whiskey, and young women in a capital city. If you feel the need to play with them, you really shouldn't run for office as a Republican.

Republicans need to get their validation in their district and state and from the people who can vote for them, not from the prostitutes and presstitutes, excuse me, hostesses and reporters, in New York, DC, or LA. Our late and lamented Senator Ted Stevens made a mistake that almost cost him his political career back in '80 when he went along to get along with the Democrats on the Alaska National Interest Lands and Conservation Act (ANILCA). I was a part of the group that raised the money to by double truck ads in every major paper in the Country, the tag line of which was "Senator Stevens, Please Come Home." And we had the signatures of just about everybody who was anybody in Alaska underneath it. He never forgot where he was from again. Republicans need to come home and stay there unless they have to be in DC for a committee meeting or a vote - and not evern all of those.
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I get the feeling this book is "preaching to the choir". Most of the points brought out in the interview I already knew about, the problem is getting people that don't get their news from sites like this one to read it.

You just know it will get terrible reviews in the MSM if it gets mentioned at all. Even the reader reviews on Amazon have been hit by what one reviewer called the "One Star Wonders" meaning those that come on only to give this book the worst possible review probably without even reading it. Before I review a book I actually read it first and then try to give my true honest feelings about it. Just from this article I am sure I am going to enjoy reading this book even though it may just be confirming what I already know.
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The left has an active cadre that patrols the internet, and particularly conservative sites, to sew disinformation and to try to demoralize the readers/posters. They've said as much. It is entirely consistent with their politics, based more on resentment than new ideas.

Bear that in mind and ignore the trolls. If you respond it simply encourages them.
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The media didn't steal the election. The GOP handed it to them by not contesting it. Romney was a sad choice, but a logical choice when you realize that the GOP wanted it that way.
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I got the idea that the Republicans deliberately threw the election in the previous election with McCain.

The Republican Party is just as liberal/progressive as the Democrat party, but they're stuck with a base that wants them to oppose progressive big government. They have no intention of doing so, but also want to get elected into office.

So, they provide a false opposition that "opposes" the Left with the premeditated intent of losing.

I know that everyone likes to refer to liberal Republicans as "RINO's", but since most elected Republicans are RINO's, it's kind of a misnomer since the RINO's are actually the mainstream.
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