Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Media Ignores Democratic Victory in Special Election

How interesting that the so-called liberal media completely ignored a huge political story from yesterday. In the first special election since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Florida Democrat Ted Deutsch defeated his Republican challenger for a vacant house seat. The seat was left vacant when Rep. Bob Wexler left Congress to join a Middle East think tank. The Democrat won with 62% of the vote.

"We've heard for months that tonight ... is a referendum on health care, it's a referendum on the (Obama) administration, it's a referendum on what direction this country is going," Deutch told supporters. "Let me tell you something, what we learned today is that in Broward County and Palm Beach County, Florida, the Democratic Party is alive and well."

The omission is especially curious considering how much the media celebrated the victory of Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) just a few months ago, and called it the end of the Obama presidency. This was news for weeks, and in fact, the media still obsesses over it. Why not a single mention? How about some balance in the pro-GOP media we are straddled with these days.

UPDATE: Guess what else the media is neglecting to report? In New York, former Republican Governor George Pataki has decided NOT to run for Senate, which all but assures a Dem victory in that state (for Hillary Clinton's former seat). In Wisconsin, former three term Republican Governor and Bush Administration official, Tommy Thompson, has decided not to challenge Sen. Russ Feingold for his seat. Thompson was considered the only Republican who could defeat Feingold. But, yeah, this is the year of the Republican...


T. Paine said...

It is cute how you keep hanging on to hope, Dave! :)

Dave Splash said...

Ha ha. Well, what's not so cute is how the right has no respect for democracy unless they win. When conservatives lose elections, all of a sudden, the government is tyrannical and ignoring the Constitution. When Dems win, apparently, it is meaningless. Or communism. Or whatever stupid slogans you teabaggers shout at your hate rallies. Who knows.

But, clearly, this erases the myth of the liberal media.

Dave Splash said...

And you know, perhaps you Republicans should not be measuring the drapes for the majority offices and making plans for next year's giveaways to Wall St and Exxon Mobil, and wait till the people actually have their say.

I understand that during Republican administrations, the people are irrelevant unless they are huge donors, but in America, the people still decide who wins elections. You might have the media on your side, but the American people will not appreciate the presumptuous and smug way the GOP is acting. They actually seem to be saying that voting is not relevant.

T. Paine said...

You have one no-report of a story and you use that as proof that the media is RIGHT-wing?

I am beginning to see how you lefties can live in an alternate universe of "facts" now.

The rest of the diatribe is too silly for me to even waste my time rebutting, as it wouldn't matter anyway.

Dave Splash said...

You're correct. It wouldn't matter. Fox News and Limbaugh have so polluted your mind, that when presented with actual facts, it goes into meltdown mode.

The media is pro-GOP, and only those on the far, far right disagree. The myth of a liberal media was destroyed when they aided and abetted the right in attempting to bring down President Clinton, and when they acted like a stenographer for the Bush Administration for the entire eight years of hell. Never challenged Bush once.

I'm waiting for some actual fair and balanced coverage to emerge. Two hours a night on MSNBC is liberal. The rest - on all the other networks - is nothing but GOP talking points 24/7.

J. Marquis said...

Thanks for the info, Dave. It definitely illustrates the media is not nearly as liberal as folks like Paine and Free believe.

T. Paine said...

Wow! You are so left-wing that you actually believe that nonsense, don't you?

Forget, for a minute, the fact that independent polling showed 95%of those in print and TV media voted for Clinton over Bush Sr. and then again over Dole.

Forget for a moment that nearly ANY proposal brought up in a Democratic administration versus in a Republican one gets nearly a 10 to 1 favorable story vs. negative story ratio in the media.

Forget for a moment how the White House Press Corp always stood when Clinton or Obama came into the room but remained seated when Bush entered the briefing room.

Forget for a moment that McCain had FAR more negative stories done on him than Obama did and far LESS favorable stories than Obama did.
(Obama was on the cover of Time and Newsweek with favorable stories during the campaign on damned near a weekly basis between the two of them.)

Clinton's suborning purjury, hiding subpoaened evidence, etc after having a sexual affair in the oval office with a White House intern was deemed by the media as Clinton's private business and that we needed to move on.

Mark Folley sent some inappropriate texts to a few interns, did not have ANY physical contact with them, and the press was without mercy until he resigned and then used it as an issue up until the mid-term elections in favor of the Democrats.

Then tell me which of us two have fallen victim to his ideaology's propganda and bought the nonsense, hook, line, and sinker, sir.

The hypocrisy and double standards between how the media treats the Democrats and the GOP is plainly evident, if you would simply care to open your eyes, sir.

Dave Splash said...

Site those statistics, sir. I've been hearing those same talking points for 20 years, and yet no one ever provides evidence.

And, I'm sorry but your comment that McCain had nothing but negative stories written, while Obama didn't is not real. All Mccain got was gushing coverage: he's the maverick, he bucks his party, he's a hero, ignore the fact that he has changed his position on every major issue this year to get elected...and on and on. And Palin...the media loves her. She supported an anti-semitic cult called Jews For Jesus - the press ignored. She hosted a witch doctor in her church - media ignored. She abused her power as governor to enact revenge on an ex-family member, and the media could barely take notice. She had the most ethical complaints of any gov. in Alaska history, and the media refused to criticize her. She has done nothing - literally - with her life. Governor for a year and a half in a state with no people...and she couldn't even handle it. She couldn't even say what newspaper she reads! And no one would dare say she was unqualified and that McCain was reckless for choosing her.

With Obama, we had: was he born in the US, Jeremiah Wright for months, questioning whether he is anti-semitic, Bill Ayers, does he hate white people, he's just a celebrity, he's an elitist, can he relate to "working class whites" and all sorts of ridiculous bullshit stories. Hell, some moron named Joe the Plumber asked him a question, lied about what the Obama said, and he became a media darling.

Who's been the most frequent guest on Meet the Press in the last 10 years: John McCain. Republican talking heads on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox outnumber Dems 2 to 1 on average, and on Sunday shows it's 4 to 1.

There is no liberal media.