To follow up on my January 11th piece about how horrible this year's election coverage is going to be, I need do nothing more than point to the events of the last 48 hours.
The MSM is up in arms about Mitt Romney's offhanded comment on Tuesday, when discussing tax rates, that he earned "not very much" from speaking engagements...yet they are scandalously nonchalant about Barack Obama nixing the Keystone pipeline.
The MSM's problem with Romney is that he earned $374,000 from speaking engagements over the course of a year, which they claim makes him "out of touch" with average Americans. Admittedly, Romney gave them the rope when he said "not very much," but whether he will be a good president is completely irrelevant to whether he is "in touch" or "out of touch" with our feelings. When it comes to money, the only thing that matters is whether his ideas will help or hurt the American economy.
Romney's business career was spent rescuing, whenever possible, companies that were in dire financial straits. It was a career that saved thousands upon thousands of jobs and proved that he understands how the economy works.
Conversely, Barack Obama has spent his entire career in the public sector; knows nothing about the economy; and fosters an environment that is hostile to business. And it goes without saying that an environment hostile to business is an environment that hurts average people by restricting job growth and thereby restricting upward mobility. If you doubt what I say about Obama being hostile to business, just ask hotel magnate Steve Wynn.
Our president's actions in derailing the Keystone pipeline will hurt the average working families he piously, and falsely, claims to care about. On top of that, his actions regarding Keystone help a nation he claims is one of our gravest enemies (China), and on top of that, they poison our relationship with a nation that is our #1 trading partner and one of our closest allies (Canada).
Yet in reporting the news, the MSM acts as if whether a president empathically feels our pain is more important than whether his philosophies help us or hurt us. This shows how shallow the MSM are; let's just hope that their shallowness is recognized by those citizens who are trying to decide who to vote for come November.