The flood-the-zone coverage of President Barack Obama’s fake evolution on gay marriage and the obsession with Mitt Romney’s high school years have revived the “media are in the tank for Obama” complaints from conservatives. I’ve come up with 10 clues for assessing how deep in the tank is a given news organization:
1. Multiple front-page stories run on Romney’s high school bullying, while the administration’s bullying of industry and his campaign’s current snooping and harassing of Republican donors are ignored.
2. The incident personifying the current political environment is, we are told, the forced retirement of Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind. The primary defeat and forced retirements of moderate Democrats are simply business as usual.
3. Interest in the recall campaign against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, declines in inverse proportion to his chances of winning.
4. ” Life of Julia” is a non-subject.
5. Whatever Romney says on gay marriage is “knuckling under to his base.” Obama decision to announce his shift on gay marriage before a string of fundraisers gay donors is “brave” and “historic.”
6. When Romney declines to discuss the distraction of the week (e.g., paycheck “fairness” legislation), he is ducking an important issue and refusing to tell us his position. Obama’s decision to offer no concrete plan on entitlement reform is either smart politics or, once again, ignored.
7. Story after story on Mormonism are, we read, essential to understanding what makes Romney tick. The Rev. Jeremiah Wright is old news, and it’s none of our business how frequently Obama goes to church.
8. There is next to no coverage of the defense sequestration cuts.
9. No analysis appears in stories on the economy comparing the Reagan recovery and the Obama “recovery.”
10. If and when the Supreme Court strikes down Obamacare, we will hear the “conservative justices marched in lockstep” and “right-wing justices stuck together.” The liberal justices, of course, we will be told, decided the case based on their good-faith reading of the “living Constitution.”