The biggest story of the election was how the media ignored
the biggest story of the election.
Amid all the breathless coverage of a nonexistent war on women,
there was little or no coverage of Obama’s war on the economy—how, for
instance, part-time work is replacing full-time work, how low-wage jobs are
replacing high-wage ones, how for Americans between the ages of twenty-five
and fifty-four there
are fewer jobs today than there were when the recession officially ended in
2009, and fewer, in fact, than at any time since mid-1997.
The downsizing of the American economy wasn’t the only story
the media missed—or suppressed—there was also the unraveling of Obama’s foreign
policy and the deadly scandals at home (Fast and Furious) and abroad (the
terrorist attack that killed the American ambassador at Benghazi).
But instead of serious, substantive journalism, the media
reported ad nauseam on trifles (Big Bird), Republican-baiting hysteria (how
everything the Republicans said was allegedly “racial code”), and distortions
of Romney’s remarks (such as the “47 percent” comment).
The media dropped the ball in covering the 2012 election, says
David Freddoso, editorial page editor of the Washington Examiner, and in doing so, the media failed
in their responsibility to keep politicians honest and the public
well-informed. Freddoso, a New York Times bestselling author
and former congressional reporter for National Review, fills this
volume not only with outrageous examples of media bias but also with dozens of
real stories that genuinely inquisitive reporters should have relished but that
the overwhelmingly liberal press didn’t even bother to cover.
Full of the news you didn’t hear about in 2012, David
Freddoso’s Spin Masters: How the Media Ignored the Real News and Helped
Reelect Barack Obama will be the most provocative and accurate take of
just how Barack Obama managed to get reelected amid the worst economic times
since at least the 1970s—and how the media helped him do it.
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