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Ed Driscoll

Harry Reid Blames Right Wing Media Bias

October 7th, 2013 - 11:34 am

The Senator Majority Leader, gaffe machine and human canker sore “Claims Media Is Unfair to Democrats,” Alec Torres writes at the NRO Corner:

In an interview with Politico, Senator Harry Reid argued that the media is being unfair to Democrats in its coverage of the shutdown. Reid said he believes that there is no way someone viewing the situation objectively could conclude that Democrats are at fault for the shutdown.

“You and other journalists have a real shortcoming in that you are trying so hard to be fair that you are unfair,” Reid said. “Democrats have had almost nothing to do with the problems here. It’s all Republicans.”

As Torres goes on to note, “Media Research Center, a conservative media-watchdog group, found that in 39 stories in the two weeks leading to the shutdown, CBS, ABC, and NBC blamed Republicans 21 times for failing to reach a budget agreement, both parties four times, and didn’t once blame the Democrats. In the 14 other instances, the reports blamed nobody.”

In 2002, Al Gore blamed media bias from the right for his party losing the midterms to the GOP that year. Two years later, David Brock would launch Media Matters in his related quest to destroy all things conservative, along with his own sanity. At the end of 2004, Howard Fineman of Newsweek blamed conservative media parity for John Kerry’s loss, and the phrase “Swift Boating” quickly spread as a pejorative on the left, in speed and fashion reminiscent of Genghis Kahn. In 2010, Frank Rich blamed the media for the success of the Tea Party with voters. When the left plays the conservative media bias meme, you know things aren’t going well.

Or it could just be paranoia from inside the cocoon, as in the case of Chris Matthews last year, after Mitt Romney was crushed by the MSM.

In any case, as Lance of the Small Dead Animals blog writes, “I’m guessing Reid has seen some internals that the rest of us haven’t. Naturally though, he’s wrong, as the article makes clear.”

It sounds like the “Barry-cades” and other tactics of the “Spite House” and what Jim Geraghty dubs “The Sadism of Harry Reid” in not allowing bills to continue appropriations to fund the government to hit the Senate floor for a vote aren’t playing how the left expected them to go in the real world.

In other words, it’s not 1996 anymore, and Barack Obama doesn’t enjoy the personal popularity, roaring economy and monolithic media that saved Bill Clinton then — but only because, as George Stephanopoulos later admitted, Republicans blinked.

Update: Rut-roh: “Obama Throws Reid Under the Bus: Hey, That Guy’s In Charge of All of This, Not Me.”

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Reid needs to be careful, if it wasn't for the lack of coverage, on much of Obama's handling of this crisis, the Democrats would be losing to badly it wouldn't even be close.

Pravda and Izvestia haven't really been doing their job, it's just every once in a while there's a random act of journalism.
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Harry Reid is right. The media has no business criticizing the Democrats or him, even a little bit. They were supposed to be completely in the tank for Obama, so it is clearly their fault. /sarc.
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(Removed as I intended to to be elsewhere.)
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If I knew how to photoshop properly, I'd have an image of Chicken Littlebama cowering behind that tough old buzzard Reid.
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It's good solid leftist preemption of an issue to project their problems on the other guys. Your description of Reid is spot on.

But, the leftwads and the MSM seem to be winning in (too) many cases. Over on a major financial site the topic of shutdown and default came up, and the predominant opinions were 80% lofo leftwads, blaming the extreme, irrational, and self-destructive Tea Party for everything and Obama and the democrats for nothing. You really don't expect to see that on a financial site. And you don't see it on some other sites, even the comments on Yahoo on financial articles now tends 80% to conservative.
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Harry Reid is lucky the media aren't right wing - if they were, he and Nobama would be lucky to have jobs as dogcatchers.
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Just goes to show how far to the left Harry Reid really is.
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Reid blames a non-existent entity? Mental illness has manifested itself.
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It's a scream to watch Dems try to blame the media.

They really think it's a winner to kill the geese that have been laying all the golden eggs for them?
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This is the same group that thinks it's a winner to go after veterans of WWII and sick children. With that as background, is your observation really so surprising? ;o)
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I already said the same thing last week - the democrats have been polling the hell out of this thing ever since the shutdown started.

I think they had the idea they were going to beat the republicans over the head into submission and it was 1996 all over again.

They forgot a very important fact - this ain't 1996.

In 1996 the media did everything they could to demonize the republicans. This is 2013 and the left isn't a gatekeeper any longer where the distribution of information and news is concerned.

As noted, Obama is nowhere near as popular as Clinton - and I am even now looking for indications of the Clintons publicly putting distance between themselves and Obama.

Reality, methinks, is biting Reid, Pelosi and Obama in the collective a$$ pretty hard right now if their public desperation is any indication. Obama is throwing Reid under the bus, Reid is having to explain himself (always a bad sign where politics is concerned as it means he's on the defensive now), and Pelosi is resorting to outright lying.

Now, at this point, the question is if the right is going to hand them a lifeline and save them from themselves or double up and pound them even harder.

The democrats may have gone for the kill shot in trying to marginalize the republicans into oblivion with Obamacare and the shutdown, but instead may have re-energized the right when the republicans found out they could actually win these political contests against the left with a modicum of effort.

Boehner, enjoying this newfound power (even if he did have to be dragged kicking and screaming into it), is not going to give it up lightly as - well, he's a politician and it's not in a political creature's nature to do so.

Now if the republicans can only understand the wonderful gift they have been blessed with between now and and the mid-term elections....
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"Pelosi is resorting to outright lying."

So... no change for her, at least?
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