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LA Times: Romney electioneers while Obama worries about storm's impact

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With a superstorm barreling down on the East Coast in the last week of the 2012 presidential election, both candidates find themselves in the same position of having to tone down the campaign rhetoric to give the proper responses to the impending disaster. The media isn't taking a break, however.

President Obama, who at times has looked less presidential than his opponent, sees in the storm an opportunity to take command and reassure the American public that they are in his good hands. The Los Angeles Times followed that lead in a story headlined, "Obama: 'We're ready' for Sandy, election will 'take care of itself'.

Obama spoke after meeting with top security and emergency officials in the situation room, where he was briefed on the trajectory of the hurricane and the coordination of the federal and state efforts to minimize damage. Obama said he had been in touch with governors and other local officials, and urged people to listen carefully to their warnings.

How presidential. What was Mitt Romney up to?  Remember, he's in the exact same position as Obama and has given the exact same response that the election needs to take a backseat to the storm.

However, the Times said he is "electioneering".

Hurricane Sandy's impending landfall, just eight days before Election Day, puts the GOP nominee in an awkward position.

Both men are in the same situation, having to suspend campaigning due to the storm as the election nears. But the Times put a more favorable light on Obama, and cast Romney in an "awkward position."

LA Times Uses Ann Romney's Local Connection Against Mitt

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The LA Times wants you to know that Mitt Romney is too rich and you should vote for the other guy.

That was the underlying theme of the progressive newspaper's hit piece, "Ann Romney and dressage: A pricey private world", in which it devoted 1,300 words to Ann Romney's expensive hobby.

The Times dug up an old lawsuit that Romney is no longer a party to, which involved a dispute regarding horse she had owned.  In 2010 she was deposed in a "stuffy Simi Valley office building" and discussed how she kept her horse at a Moorpark Ranch, and how riding it helps her cope with MS.

The only reason the Times allocated resources to write this lengthy story and send a photographer to Moorpark to snap photos of the ranch, is to paint the Mitt Romney as a rich, out-of-touch, elite snob who cares little for working people. He's nothing like you, so you should vote for Obama.

As John Nolte points out, the Times devoted 1,300 more words to Ann Romney's horse than it has to the bribery accusation Jeremiah Wright made against President Obama's campaign, and it still refuses to publish a video tape it has of the president praising a man with close ties to terrorism.

Liberal media bias doesn't have to be blatant lies about Republicans. It can be subtle jabs made in concert with overt Democratic attacks on perceived Republican weak points while simultaneously ignoring anything that's bad for their party.

Don't go out on a limb there, L.A. Times

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Newspapers are careful about how they present information to the reader. If something is widely accepted, the paper will print it without citation. If it's contested or is an opinion, journalists will often quote an expert, a politician, an activist, or a scholar.

The problem is that sometimes partisans contest obvious facts and rather than printing those facts as true on their face, journalists will treat it as a controversial idea.

Consider a recent Los Angeles Times article about the fed considering a third round of buying its own debt. The reporter is comfortable stating facts and making conclusions in the opening three paragraphs:

Nervous global investors can't seem to own enough U.S. Treasury debt, yet the Federal Reserve may soon make the bonds even more scarce.

With the U.S. economy struggling, Fed policymakers are expected this week to announce a new bond-buying plan specifically aimed at pulling long-term interest rates lower.

That could help some Americans buy homes or refinance mortgages. But Wall Street doesn't see much hope that the Fed can give a significant boost to the economy.

That's fine. But when it comes to discussing the idea that buying our own debt with printed money leads to inflation, the Times felt the need to demote that fact to a partisan opinion.

The difference this time is that most analysts believe that the Fed won't print new money to fund its purchases. If the central bank merely swaps shorter-term Treasuries for longer-term securities, the net amount of its holdings won't change.

Bernanke thereby might avoid criticism from Republican leaders, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who have said the Fed's efforts to pump more money into the economy could eventually stoke inflation.

Could? In the second round of "quantitative easing," $600 billion was printed. That's not definitely going to lead to inflation, L.A. Times? Even the government's owned cooked numbers showed inflation just ticked up.

This is not a knock against this journalist, and not even the Times so much. It's the culture of professional journalism--its weak spot is tying all the facts together for the reader. The truth hurts, and the industry sidesteps important issues to deliver milquetoast generalities. 

LA Times' report of Beck's "demise" greatly exaggerated

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What is the Los Angeles Times thinking?

Glenn Beck, who announced Wednesday that his Fox News show will end this year, is number one in cable news at the 5 p.m. Eastern Time slot.

He's not just number one--his competitors can't even see him. His show is like a little dot in the distance to Wolf Blitzer and Chris Matthews.

On Tuesday, April 5th, he tripled second-place Wolf Blitzer. He beat the second, third, and fourth place finishers, combined (with 10% to spare). The same pattern holds true for the key demo.

Beck had 30% more viewers than two through four on Monday. He beat them all combined again on the Friday before.

It's not something that just started--he's been doing it since his show started on Fox two-and-half years ago.

So how in the world did the Los Angeles Times figure that Fox "dropped" the "once-popular" Beck?

Completing a swift rise and fall from TV stardom, controversial host Glenn Beck will lose his once-popular Fox News show later this year, the network announced Wednesday.

How can you "fall from TV stardom" if you have the top-rated show in your slot and average two million viewers? [continue reading]

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This blog attempts to add perspective and context to local and national politics, through a variety of disciplines, such as history, economics, and philosophy--all tempered with common sense. About the author

Eric Ingemunson's commentary has been featured on Hannity, CNN, NBC, Inside Edition, and KFI's The John and Ken Show. Eric was born and raised in Ventura County and currently resides in Moorpark. He earned a master's degree in Public Policy and Administration from California Lutheran University. As a conservative, Eric supports smaller government, less taxation, more individual freedom, the rule of law, and a strict adherence to the Constitution.