In my opinion, the media needs to report the real news and not just what’s happening in Washington or who gave the most millions to the latest super-pac.
So yes, I completely agree with the HuffPo’s Michael Calderone‘s article…
Romney’s up. Obama’s down.
That’s the takeaway from much of Friday’s media coverage of another disappointing monthly jobs report and unchanged unemployment number of 8.2 percent. Like clockwork, political reporters quickly sized up whether the addition of 80,000 jobs in June would help or hurt President Barack Obama’s chances of keeping his own job, rather than the broader impact on millions of unemployed Americans.
The Washington Post‘s Chris Cillizza tweeted that June’s number presents a “major political problem for Obama.” He later suggested in a blog post that any hope the president “will be able to run for reelection bolstered by an improving financial picture is rapidly disappearing.”
Kicking off MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” host Chuck Todd said that “another disappointing jobs report puts more pressure on the president with just four months until election day.” On Twitter, Politico’s Ben White said the report is “not good news for Obama.”
In covering the campaign horse race, reporters often make snap judgements following statements, reports, or “gaffes” that are mostly forgotten days later amid the stream of non-stop election coverage.
Earlier this week, the consensus among reporters was that Team Romney was down, following adviser Eric Fehrnstrom’s comment that the individual health care mandate is a “penalty” rather than a “tax.” Similar to health care — where the media focused more on the politics of the bill rather than its contents — the jobs numbers could be reduced to a win or loss in a long election season.
But as the summer holiday week came to a close, Team Obama was on the defensive, as Friday’s news was ruled a tough blow for the president — at least according to the news media.
“The U.S. unemployment rate remained flat in June, which is bad news for President Obama,” began an ABC News piece.
- California politicos react to disappointing jobs report (utsandiego.com)
- Rep. Lynn Jenkins Reacts To Jobs Report (wibw.com)
- Disappointment as US economy added 80,000 jobs in June – live coverage (guardian.co.uk)
- Republicans Pin Blame For Flat Jobs Report On Obama (wibw.com)
- Jobs report bad news for Obama campaign (midwestdemocracy.com)