Cuomo’s conservative attack, Romney’s 47%, and the death of traditional media

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Governor Andrew Cuomo

WASHINGTON, January 22, 2014 — During his run for the Oval Office, Mitt Romney was video-taped talking about the 47 percent of Americans who he would not be able to reach. As a result, campaign ads against the former governor of Massachusetts ran attacking his casual disdain for almost one half of Americans just because they were low-income and taking government assistance.

“These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. And he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean that’s what they sell every four years. And so my job is not to worry about those people — I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

His campaign never recovered.

Twenty-four hour news cycles on rapid fire blasted Romney as an uncaring man unworthy of becoming the next president.

Outlets like the Washington Post, ABC, NBC, CNN and the Huffington Post relentlessly attacked Romney for his “47 percent” remarks. Liberal pundits and politicians railed against the sentiment, saying that a president must worry about all of America; Romney’s comments indicated inability to do that.

President Obama identified the 47 percent as “folks on Social Security who have worked all their lives. Veterans who have sacrificed for this country. Students who are out there trying to hopefully advance their own dreams, but also this country’s dreams. Soldiers who are overseas fighting for us right now. People who are working hard every day, paying payroll tax, gas tax, but don’t make enough income.”

The liberal media followed along. They ran stories about who the 47 percent were, what kind of lives they were living, and poured it all on Romney’s head.

Conservative politicians and media outlets defended him. They ran stories and wrote columns about what Mitt Romney was really trying to say, they ran numbers to back up the 47 percent claim, and they did their best to do damage control.

They said things like, “well what he was actually saying was,” and, “if you just listen to the whole video.” They did their best to minimize the damage, but they were savaged for playing sides. It’s bad to play sides, you see.

Yesterday it was reported that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made remarks disparaging Conservatives.

“You’re seeing that play out in New York. There’s SAFE-ACT. The Republican Party candidates are running against the SAFE-ACT. It was voted for by moderate Republicans who run the Senate. Their problem is not me and the Democrats, their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are ‘right to life,’ ‘pro assault weapon’ ‘anti-gay’? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are, and if they are the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York because that’s not who New Yorkers are. If they’re moderate Republicans, like in the Senate right now, who control the Senate — moderate Republicans have a place in this state.”

And it is like we have pulled a complete 180.

Conservative media are all over this. Sean Hannity is threatening to leave the state for Florida or Texas. FOX News and other Conservative internet media outlets are throwing the same questions at Gov. Cuomo that were asked of Romney:

How can you just disregard your constituents? Why do you hate Conservatives? Are you fit to lead?

They are asking all of these questions, the same ones that were asked of Romney, and the dance begins all over again.

However this time, it is the liberal media calling this a witch hunt, denouncing the efforts of conservative media to paint Cuomo as a partisan “tyrant” and doing their best to minimize the damage.

And the liberal media are very good at minimizing damage.

Bloggers, pundits, and columnists in the liberal media ranks are making the same excuses for Cuomo that the Conservative media made for Romney. You didn’t hear the whole thing. You took what he said out of context. You just don’t understand what he was trying to say.

It’s all a ridiculous, hypocritical show.

There is no media objectivity anymore.

Cuomo will suffer absolutely no consequences for his words. Taken out of context or not, they still alienate a large number of New Yorkers who he is supposed to represent, and he deserves some sort of censure for this. Not only will that not happen, but he will be lauded as a progressive champion, and liberal voters will look at him as the Guardian of Mount Liberal in Albany. This was probably one of the best career moves he could have made, potentially shooting him into the weigh-in area for presidential contenders.

Cuomo and his apologists have attempted to clarify by insinuating that there are more to the words than meets the ear, and that the Governor was only talking about the senators who represented those Conservative viewpoints. Of course he was not talking about all of the hunters, businessmen, Catholics, and millions of other New Yorkers who conveniently fit that particular description of a Conservative the Governor outlines.

There is a great line from the 2010 True Grit remake with Jeff Bridges and Josh Brolin, in which a beleaguered old horse trader, tired of talking to an emboldened and stubborn fourteen year old girl, breaks down to her questions and says “I do not entertain hypotheticals, the World itself is vexing enough.” And it is true, the World is already a vexing and confusing place.

What if it was Governor Perry of Texas began a tirade on which he told the Liberals in his state that they were not welcome? Could you imagine the Liberal backlash if a sitting Republican governor made a statement that said something like; if you’re pro-choice, anti-second amendment, pro gray, I don’t want you in this state because you’re views are too extreme and they are not welcome in Texas.

Could you imagine the Liberal media hell-storm that would follow such a proclamation?

But no, the problem is that Liberal media outlets agree with Cuomo. They run a tireless crusade against pro-life, gun rights, anti-gay individuals and groups, seeking to paint such believers as hate mongering animals and backwards political Neanderthals. And while one may not agree with all the views described in that particular subsection of political philosophy, it is the right of the individual to hold those views and it is the duty of the elected officials to ensure that the right to hold those views is protected.

Go ahead and Google “Romney 47%” and look at the news outlets showing results. MotherJones, Washington Post, Huffington Post, and CBS top the charts of name recognition. No FOX, or Breitbart is thrown in there.

Then go ahead and Google “Cuomo Attacks Conservatives” and look at the news outlets showing results. No ABC, NBC, Huffington Post, or New York Times. There is an article at the Washington Post which shows up which denounces heavily what the governor said and what his words represent, which stands as the only Liberal voice on the first results page. The rest are all Conservative outlets. A sitting governor denounces a substantial section of his constituency as unwelcome in his state, and the Liberal Media is nearly silent.

As stated in an earlier article about Governor Chris Christie, and as will be stated again; there is no media objectivity. Recent scandal coverage and government response, as well as comparisons to older scandals and incidents have proven that traditional media is dead, and what we are left with are simply the mouthpieces of each respective political ideology.

It is as we are living in the shadow of a once great kingdom or empire, where journalism meant being the peoples check upon the government. A perpetual shining light upon the ant-hill of Washington, doing their best to keep men and women who were dishonest for a living at least only slightly dishonest. Today we are in the dark ages of the media, living in the time between empires, hoping one day to see our proper place restored.

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