Questionable conclusions, exaggerations, crude language and sloppy journalism

Posted on May 24, 2012 by

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When we find comments with the above characteristics, we wonder why media people and politicians are often not forced to account for them. Those who cannot demonstrate civility and respect deserve, we think, to be called to task.

Conservative radio personality Neal Boortz today defended Mitt Romney’s experience at Bain Capital, saying the private equity firm saved more jobs than it lost. 

He went on, “Thanks to government education, the people in this country are too economically ignorant, too economically ignorant to figure out what’s going on with this guy (Pres. Obama) that he’s running an anti-capitalist campaign, which is exactly what you’d expect a Marxist to do. The people are too ignorant to figure that one out either.”

Boortz continues to refer to the President as a Marxist, which is still not supported by facts. He and others, who think voters are not smart enough to judge whether he’s a Marxist, might be surprised to hear how independent voters feel about that.

Chris Matthews, the host of Hardball on liberal MSNBC, on Monday harshly criticized Newark Mayor Corey Booker’s comments about President Obama, made Sunday during a Meet the Press interview. The mayor, considered an up-and-coming Democrat who could,  one day, be on a White House ticket, called President Barack Obama’s advertisement criticizing Mitt Romney’s tenure  at private equity firm, Bain Capital, “nauseating.”

Mr. Booker added, “We’re getting to a ridiculous point in America. It’s either going to be a small campaign about this crap or it’s going to be a big campaign, in my opinion, about the issues that the American public cares about.”

While some believe he was playing to his base of campaign contributors, Matthews focused on the potential effect of the comments on Pres. Obama’s reelection campaign.   He labeled the comments, “the horror of Cory Booker,” and the “disaster on Meet the Press.”

Matthews spoke a day after the mayor’s statements. It is way too early to determine whether they will have any lasting effect. We believe softer words than “horror” and “disaster” should have been chosen.

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Liberal radio host Rand Rhodes also cited Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital, saying the company only dealt with rich clients.  She said Tuesday,”They pick and choose.  This economy should not pick and choose.  This economy needs to create a level playing field,” where everyone can “pick and choose for themselves how far or how near they want to go with their lives … 

“Mitt Romney doesn’t give a damn about people like that   ’cause he’s never needed to … Now when he’s governor of Massachusetts,  he’s 47th in a nation of 50 states in job creation because he doesn’t know how to do it.”

Her language is not appropriate and she cannot know whether Romney cares about the middle class.

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Martin Bashir, another MSNBC host, failed to give a balanced picture of poll results on women’s preferences in the presidential race. He cited a recent NBC news poll that showed Pres. Obama  15 points ahead of Romney.

But other polls show the advantage falling significantly. According to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll released this week, the President’s lead, which reached 19 points last month, has now fallen to 7points.

Good journalism dictates that you don’t just cite the poll that makes your candidate look best.  Poll results vary, both among themselves at a given time, and over time.  A fuller picture needs to be presented to viewers seeking reliable information.