Inside the Beltway: Obama’s lousy press

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“Americans have consistently been more distrusting than trusting of the media each year since 2007, in contrast with 1997 through 2003, when the slight majority expressed trust in the media,” Gallup analyst Elizabeth Mendes says.

And what about that pesky media bias? Oh, it’s there, all right.

Gallup found that 46 percent of the public say the press is too liberal, an opinion shared by 74 percent of Republicans and 19 percent of Democrats. About 37 percent overall say the balance is “just about right”; 18 percent of GOPers and 57 percent of Democrats agree. Finally, 13 percent overall say the news media are too conservative, a thought shared by 5 percent of Republicans and 21 percent of Democrats.

MINI CPAC HAS MAXI LINEUP

The big CPAC is six months away. The little CPAC, however, boasts considerable charms. We’re talking about the Conservative Political Action Conference, of course. The one-day interim gathering is Sept. 28 in St. Louis; some heavyweights will be there, according to a final schedule released Thursday.

Among the speakers: Republican Sens. Roy Blunt of Missouri, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Deb Fischer of Nebraska and Mike Lee of Utah, plus Reps. Louie Gohmert of Texas, and Blaine Luetkemeyer, Jason T. Smith and Ann Wagner of Missouri.

Govs. Sam Brownback of Kansas and Rick Perry of Texas will attend, along with Rick Santorum and Oliver North. Also on the agenda: American Conservative Union director Al Cardenas, Libertarian Party Chairman Geoffrey Neale, Americans for Tax Reform Founder Grover Norquist and The Washington Times Editor John Solomon, plus The Times’ editorial page editor David Keene, the past president of the NRA.

What will they talk about? Featured panels include: “The Real War Between the States: How Americans Are Changing ZIP Codes for Good Tax Codes,” “Can Social Conservatives and Libertarians Ever Get Along?” “Impotence Abroad, Omnipotence At Home: Obama Scandals on Parade” and “Is There a Conservative Position on Immigration Reform?”

SENATOR NEWT A NO-GO

Newt Gingrich is perfectly happy being one of the new co-hosts on CNN’s reinvented prime-time talk show “Crossfire.” Running for the U.S. Senate seat in Virginia is not on his busy agenda, though a former presidential campaign aide launched a political action committee hoping to draft Mr. Gingrich — a longtime resident of the Old Dominion — for the role.

The Draft Newt PAC was launched with much authority this week to challenge Sen. Mark R. Warner; the Democrat is up for re-election in 2014. The project is the high-concept brainchild of Andrew Hemingway, who served as a state campaign director and digital fundraiser for Mr. Gingrich during his bid for the White House two years ago.

“U.S. Sen. Newt Gingrich would be an immediate game-changer, giving conservatives another voice that would take the fight to the Obama administration,” Mr. Hemingway reasons.

“With his history of support for far-reaching government reforms and fiscal sanity — for actually balancing the budget — Newt Gingrich was tea party before there was a tea party,” adds treasurer Dan Backer.

And from the Gingrich camp: no thanks

“Newt is a new host of CNN’s Crossfire. He is not running for U.S. Senate and will not run for Senate at any time in the future. For this reason, the Speaker encourages supporters to ignore solicitations from this new group,” says a statement issued by Gingrich Productions, a multimedia group Mr. Gingrich runs with his wife, Callista.

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