The media are working hard to tip the midterm election for Republicans. On CNN’s State Of The Union, Candy Crowley claimed Democrats are stumbling to the finish line and blamed Obama for Ebola, Ferguson, and ISIS.
Crowley previewed her segment by saying, “Next up, we will ask our political panel about what seems to be President Obama’s growing list of frenemies.”
After the commercial break, she said, “The midterm election is just over three weeks away and candidates left and right are stumbling toward the finish line but Democrats in particular seem to be running away from President Obama.”
Just to drive her point home, Crowley later added, “This was three weeks from the midterms, right, and here’s above the fold, “Washington Post,” dubious practices used in Ferguson. Ebola outbreak grim equation. Anbar at risk of falling to jihadists. This is not — I mean, I just sort of pictured the president waking up and going, here’s the post, sir. This is not an atmosphere. Now we have a second Ebola case, in which you want to be a Democrat, is it?”
With their candidates floundering, and no issues to run on, Republicans have decided that the last few weeks of the 2014 campaign are going to be about fear. Fear of Ebola, fear of ISIS, fear of racial unrest, and Candy Crowley carried the Republican Party’s campaign message for them.
The media ignores polls when they contain good news for Democrats. Polling this week showed Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes leading Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, the Iowa Senate race remaining tied, and Democrats with a point of leading in the Georgia senate race.
Instead of focusing on the total picture, the media latched on to a series of Fox News Senate polls that were laughably biased. Chuck Todd showed the mainstream press’ hand by attacking Alison Grimes with the kind of baseless speculation that has turned the TV talking heads into a joke.
It turns out that the conventional wisdom that Democrats are doomed in 2014 might be wrong. Instead of admitting that they have no idea what they are talking about, the Crowleys and Todds of the media continue to stick to their storyline that Democrats are doomed.
Republicans could win the Senate. With the map heavily tilted in their favor, they probably should win the Senate. Nobody could have expected Republican campaigns in dependably red Kansas and South Dakota to completely fall apart. There are a ton of moving parts in this election, so it was an epic bit of bias for Crowley to declare that Democrats are stumbling without looking that struggles that Republicans are facing in their own campaigns.
It doesn’t get much lower than trying to blame Obama for ISIS, Ebola, and Ferguson. The media is in a panic. Democrats aren’t giving up the fight, which means that the “experts” in the press are facing the prospect of having gotten another election completely wrong.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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