Media Obsess Over Akin to Distract From Economy

Akin Gets 4x More Coverage Than Biden’s Racist “Chains” Gaffe

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Following Missouri Congressman Todd Akin’s now infamous remarks about rape and abortion on Monday, the liberal media raced to nationalize the ensuing controversy in an attempt to damage presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

In total, the three news networks – ABC, CBS, and NBC – gave Akin’s gaffe four times the coverage they gave to Vice President Joe Biden’s overtly racist comments last week in Virginia when he told a substantially black audience that a Romney administration would, “put y’all back in chains.” The obsession with Akin gave the liberal media yet another contrived excuse to ignore Barack Obama’s terrible economic record, and cast the campaign discourse back into the sewer.

According to the Media Research Center’s analysis:

- During the first 72 hours of the Akin controversy, ABC, CBS and NBC morning and evening news shows ran a combined 40 segments totaling nearly 88 minutes of airtime compared to less than 20 minutes for Biden.

- NBC and CBS both immediately attempted to link the “firestorm” created by Akin to Romney even though his campaign openly supports rape exemptions.

- Obama’s extreme pro-abortion record – including his support for partial birth abortions – was
almost entirely ignored
by the networks in 2008.

- The networks have given Akin 10 times more coverage than they gave to credible allegations by Juanita Broaddrick back in 1999 that Bill Clinton actually committed rape.

Media Research President Brent Bozell reacts:

There’s no denying that what Rep. Todd Akin said was completely inappropriate, but for it to receive four times more coverage than the Vice President of the United States’ indefensibly racist gaffe is unconscionable. Todd Akin is a congressman. Joe Biden is one heartbeat from being the leader of the Free World.  Once again, the media’s double standard is exposed for all to see. 

If Ronald Reagan was the “Teflon President,” then Joe Biden is the “Teflon Blowhard.” He’s spent his entire career with his foot firmly lodged in his mouth, uttering an endless stream of impossibly stupid, vulgar, and insensitive things. And yet the media fall all over themselves to make excuses for blustery “Old Uncle Joe.” If Akin’s gaffe should result in him dropping out, then Biden should drop out every week.

The liberal media will do anything (except report on Biden’s unrelenting stupidity) to avoid Telling the Truth about Barack Obama’s horrendous economic record. This has been the liberal media’s playbook throughout the campaign If it hurts Barack Obama’s chances of re-election, ignore it. If it hurts his Republican rivals, give it four times the coverage. 


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