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Media bias in 2008 election

Media bias for Obama as President

Comedians don't mock Obama

Media bias in 2012 election

Treatment of Obama compared to Bush

Jon Stewart

Bill Maher

Newsweek

Chris Matthews


The worship of Obama.
Poster from here.


Obama "facts" from here.



The media bias for Obama

From the moment Obama emerged as a candidate in 2007, the media - both in Europe and America - have disgraced themselves with their partisan behaviour. Fawning and uncritical coverage. A refusal to ever examine Obama's past, his career, his grades, his publications, his religion, his racist church, his terrorist friends. Endless slurs of "racism" against his critics. Has there ever in the history of European and American media been more bias in favour of a candidate and President? In my country, the Irish Times spins for Obama even harder than he spins for himself!

The contrast with the abuse President Bush got from the media is incredible.





Two pictures from the 2008 US election sum up the unthinking left-wing bias of much of the US media.
Look at the treatment by Us Weekly celebrity magazine of Barack Obama versus their treatment of Sarah Palin.
From here.
As John Nolte says: "Barack's cover could've just as easily read; REZKO, AYERS, & RACIST CHURCH."




Media bias in the 2008 election



Survey of voters, Oct 2008, in the last stages of the 2008 US election.
Voters say the media is more biased in this election than in any previous one.





ABC's bias for Obama


Sample questions from Charles Gibson of ABC's interview of Sarah Palin, candidate for Vice-President, 11-12 Sept 2008: Sample questions from Charles Gibson of ABC's interview of Barack Obama, candidate for President, 4 June 2008:
  1. Governor, let me start by asking you a question .. and it is really the central question. Can you look the country in the eye and say "I have the experience and I have the ability to be not just vice president, but perhaps president of the United States of America?"
  2. And you didn't say to yourself, "Am I experienced enough? Am I ready? Do I know enough about international affairs?
  3. Did you ever travel outside the country prior to your trip to Kuwait and Germany last year?
  4. Have you ever met a foreign head of state?
  5. I'm talking about somebody who's a head of state, who can negotiate for that country. Ever met one?
  6. Are we fighting a holy war?
  7. But then are you sending your son on a task that is from God?
  8. Do you believe the United States should try to restore Georgian sovereignty over South Ossetia and Abkhazia?
  9. Would you favor putting Georgia and Ukraine in NATO?
  10. Do you consider a nuclear Iran to be an existential threat to Israel?
  11. What if Israel decided it felt threatened and needed to take out the Iranian nuclear facilities?
  12. Do you agree with the Bush doctrine?
  13. Do we have the right to be making cross-border attacks into Pakistan from Afghanistan, with or without the approval of the Pakistani government?
  14. (And lots more hostile and aggressive questions.)
  1. Senator, I'm curious about your feelings last night. It was an historic moment. Has it sunk in yet?
  2. When everybody clears out, the staff is gone, you're in your hotel room at night and you're alone -- do you say to yourself: "Son of a gun, I've done this?"
  3. Did you truly, in your gut, think that a black man could win the nomination of a major party to be president of the United States?
  4. On what criteria and what timetable will you choose a vice president?
  5. On what three issues will this campaign turn to you?
  6. Do you worry that it could turn on race, age and class?
  7. Will you go to Iraq?
  8. Is the hardest part of all this behind you or ahead of you?
  9. The picture of you in the paper, this morning, with your wife, watching the Clinton speech. What did you think of the Clinton speech? She didn't exactly acknowledge your victory.
  10. And finally your daughters. What did they say to you? Did they take it as a matter of course that Daddy could be nominated to be president? They never knew what older people know in terms of discrimination, although they may still feel some. What did they say about that?
  11. I watched closely your countenance last night, your mien, as you stood in that hall. You didn't smile much. Has the joyfulness of this hit home yet? Do you take joy from it?

It is obvious that Palin's questions are not only harder, but the interview is more hostile.
And she was only running for Vice-President! Obama was running for President!
See discussion here.





The media bias for Obama as President

The pro-Obama bias has continued after the election. The media has too much invested in this guy to change anytime soon.




Comedians don't mock Obama




Survey of jokes by late-night comedians in 2008 election:
658 jokes about Republican candidate John McCain.
566 jokes about Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin.
244 jokes about departing Republican President George W. Bush.
Only 243 jokes about Democrat candidate Barack Obama.



As the campaign moved from the primaries to the general election, the comics told less jokes about the Obama ticket.
And they told double the number of jokes about the McCain ticket.
From survey above.




Media bias in the 2012 election




A very dishonest headline by Reuters, 3 Nov 2012.
Obama told his supporters to vote out of "revenge".
In response, Romney told his supporters to vote out of "love of country".
And look how Reuters titles it!
Great comment above: "If Reuters had any integrity the headline would read: "Obama talks revenge, Romney talks love of country""




The media don't want anyone to treat Obama the way they treated Bush

The Democrats, the left and the media threw a bizarre hissy fit about posters of Obama in 2009 comparing him to Hitler or The Joker.

Bizarre because they had for almost a decade ignored this being done to Bush.




Nov 2004: LA Weekly runs this cover
in response to the re-election of Bush.


Aug 2009: LA Weekly complains about this anonymous poster of Obama, sniffing that: "The only thing missing is a noose." (That is, that Obama's critics are racists.)
See also unapologetic followup: "I do believe the poster appeals to people who see in it a validation of their own racial prejudices ... the fears of the art lovers who champion the Obama Socialism poster are all about race - about losing their skin privileges, about the possible airing of old crimes and grievances committed against blacks." In other words, anyone who criticises the great leader is a racist!



July 2008:
Vanity Fair (a big media magazine, published worldwide)
draws Bush as The Joker.


Aug 2009:
The media throws a hissy fit about anonymous (non-media, non-published)
poster of Obama as The Joker.



The original image.
From this Flickr feed.
Amusingly, contrary to the confident assertions that the image was racist, it turned out to be the work of a young left-wing Palestinian-American, Firas Alkhateeb (or Firas Al Khateeb or Firas Khateeb).
In an interview he says he prefers Obama to Bush, and doesn't like the way someone added "socialism" to his picture. "To accuse him of being a socialist is really ... immature. First of all, who said being a socialist is evil?"
Flickr censored the above image on spurious grounds. Try search.



Montage of Bush demonisation over the years.
See original. From here.



This one really makes me laugh.
From here.



Death of a President (2006), a mainstream film about the fictional assassination of Bush.
I wonder if we will soon see films about the assassination of Obama?



The left goes insane if anyone uses "Nazi" language about them or their friends.
Here is a Tea Party protest, May 2013, about the IRS scandal where the IRS under President Obama targeted conservative groups.
One of the protesters unwisely says "IRSS" comparing the IRS to the SS.
But look at what happened next:




Bush is blamed for Abu Ghraib. Obama is not blamed for pissing on Taliban. He is even regarded as the victim!

Here is a picture perfect juxtaposition from here.


2004: Bush is blamed for the Abu Ghraib scandal.



2012: Obama is portrayed as the victim in the Taliban urination scandal.




Jon Stewart

"The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart tries desperately to save Obama before the Nov 2010 mid-term elections.
His leftie "Rally to Restore Sanity", 30 Oct 2010, featured an appearance by Islamic extremist Cat Stevens.


Jon Stewart's lowest moment, 30 Oct 2010.
Not only does he hold a rally to save Obama (how uncool), but he invites Cat Stevens.
Ironically, he calls it a "Rally To Restore Sanity".
Nick Cohen: "If members of the Tea Party said that American intellectuals who renounced Christianity deserved to die for their apostasy would Stewart be fine with that too? Of course he wouldn't."



Reason.tv interviews the loony left crowd at Jon Stewart's "non-partisan" rally.
My favourite is the woman at 3:19 who condemns the demonisation of Obama: "You don't see reasonable people putting Hitler moustaches on people's faces." When challenged about the billions of Bush=Hitler signs over the last decade she says she agrees with that. "No, but really, if there should have been a Hitler sign on somebody, it probably would have been him, I hate to say it."




Bill Maher



Bill Maher's crude abuse of Sarah Palin, while he donates $1 million to re-elect Obama (how uncool).




Newsweek

Newsweek has been one of the most slavish of all the Obama worshipping media. They almost parody themselves.




After his win, Newsweek produced in Nov 2008 an 84-page commemorative issue on The Messiah, for the love of Pete.



National Review, June 22, 2009, slags off Newsweek.



Newsweek, Nov 2010, starts to make excuses for their hero.
So now the Presidency is too hard a job for one person? Yes, I recall their cover saying that about Bush.



A double whammy:
Newsweek spin for Obama, Jan 2012.
And a reminder of the sad decline of Andrew Sullivan.



Newsweek working hard for Obama in the 2012 election.



Newsweek pulls out all the stops for Obama in Sept 2012.
It produces a left-wing list of the 10 greatest presidents out of the 20 presidents since 1900.
Reagan is down at no.9, behind Clinton at no.7!
It's bad enough that Obama is on the list (at no.10). But the image department then puts him as the first photo!
And see also the drooling cover by the once-great, but now sad, Andrew Sullivan.




Chris Matthews

MSNBC news anchor Chris Matthews (of the absurdly named "Hardball") is perhaps the most comical media worshipper of the Obama era.

Chris Matthews is famous for saying in Feb 2008, listening to one of Obama's stupid speeches: "I have to tell you, you know, it's part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama's speech. My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don't have that too often."

The right calls him "Tingles".





Michele Bachmann supporter mocks Chris Matthews at the Nov 2010 mid-terms.



Blood libel against Sarah Palin at MSNBC after the Tucson shooting in Jan 2011.



This TIME magazine cover about late breastfeeding in 2012 inspired not one but two Chris Matthews parodies!
People on the right saw it and just thought: "Chris Matthews"!



From The Mega Independent.



From The Jawa Report.




"I have to tell you, you know, it's part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama's speech. My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don't have that too often."
- Chris Matthews, Feb 2008, listening to one of Obama's stupid speeches.

"We may never know if religion was a factor at Fort Hood."
- Chris Matthews, Nov 2009, on the Fort Hood Islamic terror attack.

"I didn't see a lot of warmth in that crowd out there. The president chose to address tonight and I thought it was interesting. He went to maybe the enemy camp tonight to make his case."
- Chris Matthews describes Obama's Dec 2009 speech to the US military as a speech to "the enemy".

"I was so proud of the president there, I must say. This has nothing to do with partisanship. This is a commander in chief meeting with the troops, as it was right out of "Henry V", actually, a touch of Barry in this case in the night for those soldiers risking their lives over there."
- Chris Matthews, 1 May 2012, hilariously compares Obama to Shakespeare's Henry V at Agincourt.
I note that the US troops are now apparently not "the enemy", now that Obama is running for re-election.

"Obama [whining about Fox] is like a quarterback complaining about the one cheerleader who won’t [sleep with him]."
- Greg Gutfeld, Jan 2013.



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