Some in the liberal media are starting to admit what most Americans know: the media is in the tank for liberal presidents/candidates.
A study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism has concluded that the mainstream media are smearing GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney. The Center’s analysis of the media’s “narrative” on Romney found that the reporting has portrayed him as a “vulture capitalist,” as a super PAC campaign ad says, who grew up with a silver spoon in his mouth and cannot understand what it’s like to pay bills.
The media, channeling the Obama campaign meme, Pew reported, have presented Romney as a man who sent American jobs overseas, put Americans out of work, and laughed all the way to the bank.
According to Pew, the largest single segment of media coverage, 14 percent, “raised doubts about Romney’s career at the Bain Capital private investment firm…. And the data show that much of this negative narrative came from citing the Obama campaign and its ads.”
After that, Pew reported, comes the idea that Romney is out of touch: “a more personal narrative (13%) that Romney is a wealthy elitist, some of which came from the Obama camp, but which also came from journalists and outside experts.”
And these two themes were closely followed by the narrative that Romney was an awkward campaigner (11 percent).
Pew also reported that the “vulture capitalist” theme lasted more than two months:
The idea that Romney was a hard-hearted capitalist and that Bain Capital was more about destroying jobs and making money for investors than building up the general economy was a persistent one over these 10 weeks.
That theme ranked as either the No. 1 or No. 2 narrative about Romney in seven of the 10 weeks studied.
In the coverage, journalists often noted that this was coming from the Obama camp. In mid-July, CBS News political director John Dickerson put it bluntly: “[Obama] wants to make Bain a four-letter word.”
And some of this theme came directly from the president. In late-June remarks in Florida, Obama said that the Romney campaign “argue[s] that if you help corporations and wealthy investors maximize their profits by whatever means necessary, whether it be layoffs or outsourcing, union busting or whatever means available, that will automatically translate in jobs and prosperity to benefit everybody.”
Another theme pushed for more than two months is the Romney-as-elitist idea. That “showed up consistently over the 10 weeks,”Pew reported. “Often these were sparked by stories about his personal wealth, whether they related to his expensive homes or the show horse owned by his wife.”