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Murdock: Media's Obama Bias Goes Too Far

Monday, 09 Mar 2009 12:38 PM

By Jim Meyers

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Syndicated columnist Deroy Murdock tells Newsmax that the media’s pro-Obama bias “goes beyond fairness” — and that many in the press have seen Obama as “the great salvation.”

Murdock, a conservative columnist for the Scripps Howard News Service and a contributing editor for National Review Online, also said White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is playing “little games” in orchestrating a smear campaign against talk radio host Rush Limbaugh.

[Editor's Note: Watch the Deroy Murdock interview - Go Here Now]

Asked by Newsmax’s Ashley Martella if he detects a severe pro-Obama bias in the press, Murdock responded:

“I think there’s been a pro-Obama bias going back about a year now. Most people in the media happen to be left of center and I think a lot of them saw Obama as the great salvation, as somebody who would come forward, probably win the nomination, probably win the White House, and be able to govern the way that they want.

“I think they really saw him as their man. You saw that throughout the campaign. He got incredibly positive coverage. He still gets very positive coverage…

“So I think he’s benefitted from a very very positive press. I do wonder at some point if they’ll turn on him, just because sometimes the press will get a little tired of all the positive play.

“And certainly if he starts screwing up very badly and starts stumbling all over the place, they may go after him. But at least for now he’s benefitted from very very positive press that I’d say goes beyond fairness in actual pro-Obama bias.”

Martella asked if Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele made a mistake in criticizing conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, saying Limbaugh’s challenges to the GOP are “incendiary” and “ugly.”

“Yes, I think that was unfortunate,” said Murdock, a Media Fellow with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

“I think there are enough people on the left he ought to be hitting, so he shouldn’t be going after Rush Limbaugh, who’s very well regarded, very well respected, pretty much revered on the right…

“It would be good right now for the right not to have Limbaugh and Steele going after each other when they’ve got Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Obama, and all their ideas and bad policies that ought to be in their crosshairs.”

Martella asked Murdock for his take on Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s chief of staff, orchestrating a smear campaign against Limbaugh from inside the White House.

“Not a good thing. I can see from their perspective how it would be helpful to have the right squabbling among ourselves, so I can’t really blame them from that perspective.

“But those people really need to be focusing on what would be the best way to get this economy up and running. The unemployment rate just hit 8.1 percent. This is the highest it’s been since I think the 1980s, the ’82 recession. I think [we’ve seen] the biggest monthly drop-off in payrolls since 1949. So this is very serious stuff.

“Look, Rahm Emanuel can sit in his office and play little games like this or he can stay busy trying to figure out how do we provide incentives, how do we encourage people to work, save, invest, and produce, and get this economy moving forward and people working again. That’s really what he ought to be doing.”

Murdock also suggested that rather than spending money on the so-called stimulus package in an effort to jumpstart the economy, the government could completely cancel the corporate tax this year and next to encourage business investment, which would be “cheaper than what we’re doing now.”

[Editor's Note: Watch the Deroy Murdock interview - Go Here Now]

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