Op-Ed: Polls and unemployment mangle mainstream media's Obama chorus

Posted Sep 21, 2012 by Larry Clifton
As the tilted mainstream media cranked out negative stories on Mitt Romney while parroting Barack Obama's campaign talking points, August unemployment rates rose in more than half the U.S., according to the latest Labor Department report.
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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta speaks with Wolf Blitzer, CNN's lead political anchor, at the National Press Club, where Panetta received the Edmund S. Muskie Distinguished Public Service Award from the Center for National Policy in Washington, D.C., June 21, 2012.
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Unemployment also increased in 11 key swing states as Mr. Obama’s unemployment legacy continues and the presidential election looms.
As a precursor, nationwide, employers added a meager 96,000 jobs in August, falling from July's gain of 141,000, a sure sign that the economy is in reverse when compared to an average of 226,000 jobs a month added in the January-March quarter.
August unemployment figures reflect a weakening economy as Mr. Obama asks for another four years, including a chance to push the Supreme Court hard left during a second term.
But pesky economic indicators like jobs and unemployment continue to cause mainstream media to work harder to promote their candidate. The problem for mainstream media is that it sweats blue.
Now, left-wing television newsreaders have to crowd gloomy unemployment reports and new poll numbers showing the race tied between their Obama campaign spots.
Unemployment increased in Michigan to 9.4 percent from 9 percent. In Nevada, Sen. Harry Reid’s home state, unemployment edged up to 12.1 percent, the highest unemployment rate in the nation. On Friday, GOP nominee Mitt Romney took his campaign to Nevada.
Amid the last gasps of Obama’s first and hopefully only term, unemployment rose in five other battleground states: Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New Hampshire and Iowa.
Meanwhile, unemployment ticked up for the third consecutive month in Obama’s home town of Chicago, to 9.1 percent.
But unemployment was flat in three closely contested states that are rich in electoral votes and have Republican governors. They are Florida, Virginia and Ohio. Yesterday, in Virginia, Democrat Senate candidate Tim Kaine, during a debate, said he was open to a new tax on the poorest Americans; yes, a federal income tax on the lowest earners. Republican candidate George Allen didn't even have to unwrap his present.
But there’s another problem for Obama and his fawning mainstream liberal media campaign workers. It’s those annoying major national polls. Friday, the latest Gallup Poll has Romney in a dead heat with the unemployment president.
Meanwhile Rasmussen Daily Tracking Poll has the candidates virtually tied at 47 percent Obama to Romney’s 46 percent.
As mainstream media shows its decidedly left bent, no longer even pretending to be unbiased, it’s not at all clear what effect that bias is having on voters. The more the media struggles to present the Republican ticket as dead on arrival, the more they discredit themselves, as the latest poll clearly show.
The election is six weeks away, and as hard as they try, the mainstream media has still not sold America on Obama, and the harder they try, the higher the distrust of media shows up in polls.