- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The liberal media are “shamelessly” using President Obama’s re-election to steer the Republican Party away from the conservative mindset, says a pithy new Media Research Center study on recent national news coverage. Indeed, conservatives have been painted as a moldering, deranged bunch in the last week.

Among other examples, The New York Times and Newsweek dismissed them as “grumpy old white men,” while a panel discussion on NBC’s “Meet the Press” agreed that conservatives were simply “loons and wackos.” CNN host Piers Morgan also cited the tea party for “archaic politics,” the analysis found.

“We hear this from the liberal media every single time the Republicans don’t win something. They have only one solution for the Republican Party: don’t be conservative,” observes Brent Bozell, founder of the watchdog group.

“It’s never about the failures of the candidates or a poor voter-turnout effort. It’s that Republicans are too conservative — a false conclusion that ignores the successful campaigns of conservatives Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush,” Mr. Bozell adds.


THE SOFTBALL GAME

“President Obama, Washington press corps gather for a game of slow-pitch softball.”

- A description of Mr. Obama’s news conference on Wednesday — his first in 253 days — from conservative blogger and Pajamas Media contributor Bryan Preston.

“It was a bizarre mix of softball questions from his press sycophants, false righteous indignation from the president over his administration’s Benghazi failures and lies, and an oddly blustery position shift on tax hikes as opposed to tax loopholes.”

- A description of the same news conference from Breitbart.com contributor Ben Shapiro.

INDIGNATION FATIGUE

Yes, we live in a world of scolds. But at last, someone has finally chronicled the phenomenon for those weary of shrill finger-pointing and righteous indignation among pundits and activists, mostly of the left-leaning persuasion. Just published Wednesday, here’s “The Joy of Hate: How to Triumph over Whiners in the Age of Phony Outrage” by Fox News “Red Eye” host Greg Gutfeld, who has dedicated his book to the late media maven Andrew Breitbart. It includes chapters with titles like “To Obama, Borders was Just a Book Store” and “Fluked for Life.”

Says Mr. Gutfeld: “We’ve created a new, frantic world of the enraged, the phony grievance, the manufactured outrage. If you make fun of something or say something truthful, someone, somewhere will be unhappy. Or say they’re unhappy, even when they’re not. When they’re bored. When they’re lonely. When they need attention. They come for you, whining, crying, screaming. And they are coming for you — the children of the corn, with a platform Everyone wants everyone else fired. No one rests until they get a scalp of contrition, a symbol of victory revealing to all that you just bested someone you don’t like.”

Hm. Sound familiar? Such a touchy world. The 216-page hardcover or Kindle book is already No. 1 on Amazon’s lists of political books. It homes in on all the selective and creative outrage, says publisher Crown Forum.

“The double standard: You can make fun of Christians, but God forbid Muslims. It’s okay to call a woman any name imaginable, as long as she’s a Republican. And no problem if you’re a bigot, as long as you’re politically correct about it,” the publisher notes.

Mr. Gutfeld begins a brief national book tour at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., on Nov. 26.

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