Since the liberal media cannot “Palinize” Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, they’re going to “Gingrichize” the No. 2 pick of Mitt Romney’s by making him out to be “dangerous,” Media Research Center analyst Tim Graham tells Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview.
“We’re usually thinking about how they love to describe Republican running mates as stupid,” Graham tells Newsmax, referring to the coverage of 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. “They’re going to have a hard time doing that with Paul Ryan.
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“But the other way you get at it is that he might be ‘Gingrichized,’” Graham explained, citing the reporting on former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. “They’re going to say, ‘There’s nothing more dangerous than an intellectual conservative looking to reduce spending in Washington.’ That’s what we have to watch for.
“We have to watch for them to try to suggest that the Republican ticket is going off the cliff – so to speak, to use their favorite commercial – in terms of how conservative they are,” Graham said. “And, again, somehow ignore how the Obama-Biden administration’s gone dramatically to the left on a lot of issues.”
News outlets also have fallen into the routine of describing Ryan as “too conservative for the country,” said Graham, the center’s director of media analysis. “It’s just the use of terms like ‘Romney’s elected budget-slasher, Paul Ryan.’”
“They really want to suggest somehow that there’s drastic spending cuts in the Ryan budget when, actually – when you look at it – that’s not really the case at all. They have reductions in the percentage of growth.
"But, look, this an antique problem that we have with this news media that can stand here in the middle of trillion-dollar deficits and still call a spending increase a harsh cut.”
Ryan’s selection, however, has caused “a sudden outbreak of accuracy” in coverage of Medicare, Graham said.
“Because the Republicans have gone aggressively after Obama cutting Medicare to fund Obamacare, we actually have news reports now that say, ‘Actually, the Obamacare and the Ryan plan both don’t cut spending, they reduce the growth of spending.’”
Graham said the mainstream media gave Vice President Joe Biden “a pass” on his “back in chains” reference to Romney’s banking policies on Tuesday and evoked “a dramatic double standard” in its coverage of the shooting at the Family Research Council in Washington on Wednesday.
“They really gave Biden a pass on this issue,” he said regarding his remarks before a large audience in Virginia that contained many African Americans. Graham then recalled GOP Virginia Sen. George Allen’s comment at a campaign stop in 2006 that was considered an ethnic slur.
“After they all went to their dictionaries trying to figure out what he meant, they decided it must have been a racial slur,” Graham said. “So then when Joe Biden is in southern Virginia with a largely black audience and says, “They gon’ put y’all back in chains,” to try to somehow say that isn’t a racial reference is mind-boggling.
“And for them to somehow suggest that Biden is less racial than George Allen is remarkable to me.”
As for the FRC shooting, in which a security guard was injured by suspect Floyd Lee Corkins II, Graham said: “There’s a dramatic double standard. What we’ve seen in the wake of this Family Research Council shooting is an attempt to not cover the story at all. And perhaps more so, since we’ve discovered that the shooter was a volunteer at the DC Center for the LGBT Community.
“If you switched this around and you said a volunteer at the Family Research Council came in to shoot up the DC Center for the LGBT Community, I don’t think that would be 17 seconds on NBC or 20 seconds on CBS. That would be a massive story, even if no one was really seriously injured.
"There is a serious double standard here,” Graham said.
He said it appears that the Romney presidential campaign has an effective strategy for dealing with liberal media bias by attacking President Barack Obama’s negative campaign ads and by focusing on Medicare.
"What we’ve seen is sort of a blur, where they’re basically lamenting that both sides are too negative and that both sides seem to be reducing Medicare,” Graham said. “That kind of a blur really destroys what Obama wants this campaign to be about: ‘They’re the mean guys that want to chuck grandma off a cliff. They’re the mean guys that run negative ads.’
“Anybody who’s watched Obama’s ads knows better than that.”
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