The mainstream media wants Mitt Romney to fail in his quest for the White House against President Barack Obama, Brent Bozell, founder and president of the Media Research Center, tells Newsmax.TV.
“That’s like asking is the Pope Catholic,” Bozell tells Newsmax in an exclusive interview. “Yeah, they do.”
Bozell then referenced the widespread reporting of Romney’s secretly videotaped comments to donors in which he said that that 47 percent of Americans supporting President Obama are “dependent on government” and believe they are “victims."
“They have taken this completely out of context with Romney. And they know what they’ve done. That’s the key thing. They know they’re taking it out of context and it doesn’t bother them.”
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He then contrasted that with the tepid reporting of Obama’s 1998 remarks advocating the distribution of wealth.
“It is the most atrocious example of media bias I’ve ever seen,” Bozell said. “There’s no pretense whatsoever at objectivity. It’s a very simple proposition: If it advances the narrative that Barack Obama should be reelected, it's news. If it does not advance the narrative that Barack Obama should be re-elected, it’s not news at all.
“So the 47 percent remark just gets blown completely out of proportion. It is completely overblown, and they will not stop talking about it because it advances the re-election.
“Now, you have a tape that emerges that is far more serious showing that [Obama] is an acknowledged socialist, who has denied it all along, and there’s no coverage,” Bozell added. “Why? Because it doesn’t advance the narrative that Barack Obama should be re-elected. And you’re seeing that throughout the campaign.”
The negative coverage by the mainstream media has, indeed, affected Romney’s standing in the polls, he said.
“You can blow the whistle on the media over and over and over again – but if they throw stuff against the wall, non-stop, for 128 days, something’s going to stick, and that’s what they’re hoping.
“It’s not going to have as much of an impact as they would want it to have, but is it having enough?” Bozell asked. “Sure. It’s keeping Mitt Romney down, and it’s Barack Obama up.”
In other remarks from his exclusive Newsmax interview, Bozell:
Called the mainstream media’s coverage of the Obama administration’s response to the terrorist attacks last week at the Libyan consulate, which led to the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, “a collective hit in the sand.” He said U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice “lied on national television.” He asked, “Where’s the media?”
Backed Romney on his initial comments that had brought bipartisan scorn on the GOP presidential candidate. Rice’s comments, he said, “confirmed what Mitt Romney was saying about these attacks and confirmed what he was saying about how asleep at the switch this administration is and how they have completely lost control of the foreign-policy apparatus.”
Supported a possible House investigation of ties between the liberal Media Matters for America and the U.S. Justice Department. Reports have revealed emails in which Justice used Media Matters to attack critics, including California GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House panel that is investigating the botched Operation Fast and Furious debacle. “I don’t trust Media Matters. They are just character assassins. They are liars. They’ve tried to destroy one good person after another. So I don’t trust them for a second.”
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