…The story had all the trappings of a surefire entry into the conservative cannon of 2012: racial overtones, confirmation that Obama was concealing his true extremism, and a chance for conservative champions of truth to accuse the mainstream media of covering up Obama’s true nature. But despite half a day of hype courtesy of Drudge, and an A-block unveiling on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, the scoop landed with a thud outside the conservative echo chamber. – How The Conservative Media Lost The Election
IT STILL wouldn’t have helped Mitt Romney win the election, because there weren’t enough white people to balance the wide swathe of the electorate that Obama received, but at least Bill O’Reilly would have been robbed of the talking point he is hoisting on viewers nightly since Republicans were creamed on Election Night.
During this final week, from October 29 to November 5, positive stories about Obama (29%) outnumbered negative ones (19%) by 10 points. A week earlier, negative coverage of Obama had exceeded positive by 13 points. The final week of the campaign marked only the second time in which positive stories about Obama outnumbered negative dating back to late August.
For Mitt Romney in the final week, the tone of coverage remained largely unchanged from the previous two weeks. Negative stories in the press outnumbered positive ones 33% to 16%.
Romney’s bigger problem is that his campaign decided on a strategy to keep him away from the media as much as possible, because half the time he was taped at events or in the media the words coming out of his mouth ended up hurting him. Oddly, however, as one of his last interviews proved, which happened at half time of the Eagles-Saints Monday Night Football, he was good in lighter settings, of which there were plenty to avail himself.
As for O’Reilly’s never ending campaign to get Romney on his show, the infotainment Fox News channel host is convinced it could have made a big difference, which he once again said last night on his show.
What also happened last night, unfortunately, was O’Reilly completely losing his cool about the Washington Post editorial that called him out for his analysis on why Romney lost. This is the section that set him off:
“Because it’s a changing country, the demographics are changing,” Mr. O’Reilly said. “It’s not a traditional America anymore.”
In case anyone might be confused about the meaning of “traditional,” he elaborated: “The white establishment is now the minority.”
In other words, the problem was too many voters of color…
O’Reilly’s so incensed by the Post calling him out he’s running one of his polls asking people to weigh in on “Was Mitt Romney wrong in saying that many voters supported the president because of entitlements?” In a word, yes, Romney’s wrong, but so is Bill O’Reilly.
The issue for people under $30,000 isn’t entitlements, it’s about a number that buttressed President Obama throughout the 2012 campaign. I’ll even cite conservative Breitbart to make sure the point is made outside the “liberal media.” The headline reads
“It’s the Compassionate Narrative, Stupid.”
After his election, Obama signature legislative achievement was called Obamacare by his opponents. He eventually embraced the name saying “I do care.” He also added a warning “If the other side wants to be the folks who don’t care, that’s fine with me.”
[...] As a party emphasizing rugged individualism, entrepreneurship and small government, fighting a battle over who is most compassionate may not come easy to conservatives. It certainly won’t feel as natural as it does for big government liberals. But there is good reason to think no one wins without winning, or at least strongly contesting, this battle. That may not be healthy for the country but it seems to be one of the few things that connects with millions of low information voters who enter voting booths with little else to go on.
The unseemly performance showed O’Reilly at his smallest and worst, as he hissed his Post critique through squinty eyes, a last glare at the camera added for drama effect. It just made him look like a crazy old coot who, regardless of his success, has skin thinner than turnip soup.
TM Note: H/t to Dan Rather for the “Ratherism” on turnip soup. This post has been updated.