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OP-ED: Journalism's darkest hour
September 29, 2012, 05:00 AM By Dwight L. Schwab

In case anyone just arrived from Mars, the mainstream media wants Mitt Romney to fail in his quest for the White House.


They will do whatever possible as "legitimate journalists” to collaborate with the Obama re-election campaign — shamefully so.

Brent Bozell, founder and president of the Media Research Center sure thinks so. "That's like asking, ‘Is the pope Catholic,'” he said when asked if the mainstream media is biased.

If more proof was actually necessary, secret videotaping of Romney's private fundraiser last May in which he said "47 percent of Americans” would support President Obama no matter what because they don't pay federal income taxes solidified that belief.


Because it's true and the media knew damn well knew he misspoke about actual percentages he portrayed as "victims.” Did the media really think Romney would commit political suicide, taped or not, including legitimate Americans such as the elderly (Social Security and Medicare)?

The mainstream media is in the tank for Obama. Every student journalism can recognize that. It's too late for most already involved "professionally.” Most of them have already violated most of the ethical rules and sold their souls to Obama long ago.

As a journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, I am personally ashamed.

As Bozell said, "They have taken this completely out of context with Romney ... and it doesn't bother them.”

As a freshman student in the Journalism School at the University of Oregon in 1972, I witnessed firsthand just what journalism was and is in many cases. Keep in mind that the students in my class are now 40-year veterans of the media now in their late 50s or early 60s — senior members of the "Fourth Estate.”

In November 1972, incumbent President Richard Nixon defeated Democratic challenger George McGovern in an historic landslide election. The U of O student newspaper, "The Emerald,” distributed to more than 30,000 students printed the headline, "Nixon Wins!” in large boldface type the next morning.

Nothing out of the ordinary except it was accompanied by photos of dead Vietnamese babies.

I immediately felt shame being a journalism major. My future career? There was no way in hell I was going to work on the student paper as mandated and, after long debate, I was granted a "waiver” for such duty — the first in almost 100 years of tradition.

The "outing” of Romney at a private fundraising dinner "is the most atrocious example of media bias I've ever seen,” Bozell said.

Contrast that with the tepid reporting of Obama's 1998 remarks advocating the distribution of wealth. Hardly a word from the media days after the Mother Jones sneak attack. Can anyone imagine the media's outrage if the roles were reversed?

Their narrative advances Barack Obama chances of re-election — it's” news.” If not, it's not news at all. The 47 percent remark Romney was wrong and Romney didn't mean what he said. No matter. The compliant media will stop at nothing for their Messiah's re-election.

Yet, an actual tape emerges clearly illustrating Obama's socialist beliefs — even though he has denied it all along in his public life.

No coverage. Why?

Negative coverage has affected Romney's standing in the polls. There's no doubt.

"You can blow the whistle on the media over and over and over again — but if they throw stuff against the wall, non-stop ... and that's what they're hoping,” Bozell said. "It's keeping Mitt Romney down, and it's Barack Obama up.”

Consider the news media's coverage of the terrorist attacks at the American Consulate in Benghazi that led to the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

Media collective summation? Nothing more than a hill of sand.

The Obama administration's made lame excuses and trotted out the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice. Where was Steven's immediate superior, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton? Huh?

The media was mute.

Meanwhile, Romney's initial comments are ridicules. Just days later, his comments are confirmed as true and the attacks were indeed organized terror and the Obama administration was apologizing for some obscure video murderers claimed was their base of anger.

The media's response? Crickets and rolling sage brush.

California Republican U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House panel investigating the botched Operation Fast and Furious debacle is ridiculed in the press. Recently, a 500-page report on the debacle is published graphically showing the sheer incompetence of Eric Holder's Justice Department's handling of the operation.

Media coverage? Minimal.

Am I glad to have a BS in journalism? Yes. Am I proud?


Dwight has 30 years of work experience in the publishing industry, including ABC/Cap Cities and International Thomson. He has a BS in journalism from the University of Oregon and minors in political science and American history. He is a native of Portland, Ore. and a resident of the Bay Area since 1977. His writing websites include & Google his complete portfolio at "Dwight L. Schwab Jr.”

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