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U.S. Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney pauses as he gives his reaction to the Supreme Court's upholding key parts of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare overhaul law in Washington June 28, 2012.  Romney said on Thursday that the Amer
Totally full of it.
Mendacious Mitt strikes again. Check this out.
"The media in our nation is free, people are able to say what they want to say," he said. "They don't have a responsibility to slant things my way or the other way. They have the right to slant things any way they wish."

Still, he said the mainstream media was "by and large" supportive of Obamacare.

Let's review the record, just using the response of the traditional media to the various court rulings on the Affordable Care Act on its way to the Supreme Court. Steve Benen started tracking this when he was at the Washington Monthly, way back in February 2011. Here's a compilation of his tracking from August 2011 showing the very clear trend in the nation's leading papers for highlighting the stories of courts ruling against Obamacare, while burying those when the courts upheld it.

That's five front page stories in the Washington Post and New York Times for unfavorable rulings, versus seven buried stories for rulings upholding the law, and one that's entirely missing from WaPo. That's right, it didn't even report on one of the favorable rulings.

But it's not just Benen's back of the envelope tracking providing the evidence for the traditional media bias against Obamacare. The Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism actually analyzed it and found: "Terms that were closely associated with opposition arguments, such as 'government run,' were far more present in media reports than terms associated with arguments supporting the bill, such as 'pre-existing conditions.'"

There's even a graph.

Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism chart showing conservative-themed media coverage of Obamacare
So, yeah, Mitt's lying about that, too. Is there anything that this guy isn't totally full of shit about?

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 11:56 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (20+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 11:56:08 AM PDT

  •  O_o So Romney is part of the media? Since he was (5+ / 0-)

    the father of Obamacare

    "Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville

    by LaurenMonica on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 11:57:24 AM PDT

  •  Mitt has his own TV station he watches (3+ / 0-)
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    allergywoman, leonard145b, valadon

    it broadcasts direct to each of his 17 cadillacs.  Oddly they still use tinfoil antennas . . .

  •  Well, he isn't totally (0+ / 0-)

    shite about pushing his kids and grandkids out of the way so he can eat first -- and not with the family.  That's something consistent, right?

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 12:34:46 PM PDT

  •  Now, you know Mitt hates numbers and facts. (0+ / 0-)
  •  Pathological. (4+ / 0-)

    Congenital liar.  Possibly a full metal sociopath.

    You've got to be a dumb ignorant asshole to vote for this fuckhead.

    Keep Calm and Carry On. But kick some unholy ass if the situation warrants.

    by GOPGO2H3LL on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 12:36:14 PM PDT

    •  You gotta love how he lies and lies and lies (1+ / 0-)
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      hulibow

      And if he is ever called on it, he and his supporters just call out the media for their bias.  A two-fer.  Why the media puts up with him is beyond me.

    •  congenital liar (1+ / 0-)
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      DSPS owl

      When will folks realize that Mitt is a classic salesman (albeit at the CEO level)? He will say anything to "close the deal", whether or not it is true. His only motivation is to "win" the deal. Once the contract is signed (e.g. he wins the election) anything he said in the campaign is "non-operative" and he will do what the Tea Party wants him to do.

  •  C'mon (1+ / 0-)
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    billlaurelMD

    You can tie which news programs favored Obamacare by looking at a list of their advertisers.

    Size 7 1/4 Aluminum Picture Hat

    by fishhawk on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 12:37:42 PM PDT

  •  Wow, what a whopper! That is so entirely (1+ / 0-)
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    vcmvo2

    NOT my memory of the media coverage of Obamacare.  I remember much coverage of screaming, enraged citizens at town halls, much coverage of the fantastic claims of "death panels" and "socialized medicine" and "government takeover of health care" that were supposedly included in "Obamacare."  I do not remember any coverage of what was actually in the ACA, aside from the number of pages.  As a member of the ASN, I even got garbage from that organization about what people feared was in the ACA rather than what was actually in the ACA.

    Wrong again, Romney clown.

    "On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps...of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again."

    by middleagedhousewife on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 12:40:17 PM PDT

  •  awww, now now Joan (3+ / 0-)
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    hulibow, Joan McCarter, LaurenMonica

    Mendacious Mitt was just MISTAKEN. ;-)

    "Mitt Romney has more positions than the Kama Sutra." -- me "Social justice is love, made public." -- Cornel West

    by billlaurelMD on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 12:40:40 PM PDT

  •  No, there is nothing Mill is not totally full of (1+ / 0-)
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    cocinero

    shit about.
    But just once, somewhere, sometime, I want a reporter,
    moderator, media person, force (at least TRY to)  Romney to answer a question with SPECIFICS.
    Will someone please try to nail this guy down on something, anything??
    Why would this country elect someone who lies, pivots, flip-flops every time he opens his mouth?

    "The past is never dead. It's not even past". Faulkner.

    by mchestnutjr on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 12:47:13 PM PDT

  •  the things Mitt isn't shittin' about? (1+ / 0-)
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    vcmvo2

    ... I thought being rich and famous would make me happy?  Boy was I right.

    I like firing people.

    Corporations are people, too, my friend.

    My campaign will not be dictated to by fact checkers.

    No apologies.

    He will never convince 47% of Americans to take personal responsibility and care for their lives.

    Eatng before his grandkids can mess up the buffet line.

    He'll cheat his family members rather than lose a game.

    He believes in wars that other people's kids have to fight.

    Going all Lord of the Flies on his classmates at Cranbrook.

    Windows on jet liners need to open.

    He deserves to be President, because it's his turn, plus Prophecy!

  •  Romney's campaign coach... (0+ / 0-)

    Mitt Romney treats people like things. And he treats things - corporations - like people.

    by richardak on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 12:58:24 PM PDT

  •  Anyone that buys that isn't paying attention. (0+ / 0-)

    Errrr anyone that buys that is republican.

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 12:59:56 PM PDT

  •  Right Wing Goblins: Everybody knows. (0+ / 0-)

    Everybody knows the media is hopelessly biased to the left.

    Everybody knows Republicans are better at national security.

    Everybody knows Republicans are better at balancing the budget.

    No evidence required. Everybody knows.

    “No, Mitt, corporations are not people. People have hearts, they have kids, they get jobs, they get sick, they love, they cry, they dance, they live and they die. Learn the difference.”-- Elizabeth Warren

    by Positronicus on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 01:00:29 PM PDT

  •  Honestly I don't even know why this election (0+ / 0-)

    Is close. Romney lies about everything, how the hell can we trust him to be commander in chief. He is so unqualified to be president it's not even funny.

    "I'm not mad at them (tea party) for being loud, I'm mad at us for being silent for the last two years. Where have we been"? "it was never yes HE can, it was Yes WE can". - Van Jones

    by sillycilla on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 01:00:41 PM PDT

  •  No, there's nothing Romney won't lie about (0+ / 0-)

    so what?  Especially wasting time tracking and documenting Romeny's BS here on dKos.  

    Time would be better spent before Election Day forcing Obama to defend Social Security from any "tweaks" and supporting for auto exiration of the Bush tax cuts.  Obama needs his base energized and his repeated waffling on these issues is one easily remedied reason why many of us remain on the sidelines.

    •  Obama is all in favor of "tweaks" (0+ / 0-)

      to Social Security. He mentions the need to cut the deficit and "reforming" Social Security every time he makes a speech.  The Democrats in the Senate are already negotiating the extent of the tweaks and crafting the bill.  A group of centrist Democrats in the House has Steny Hoyer spearheading a bill doing the same thing, just in case some miracle occurs and the Democrats regain control of that body.

      Face it - Social Security will be offered up as a sacrifice to the deficit reduction gods, and the tweaking and reforming will not include raising the cap on wage contributions.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 01:32:39 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Maybe if Obama feels back against wall (0+ / 0-)

        in his effort to get re-elected he will finally give the base what it wants and deserves re SS.  UNbeleivable it owuld take that for a so called Democrat to protect the most successful Democratic program in history.

  •  Romney says so much crap (1+ / 0-)
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    vcmvo2

    I don't know if anyone could believe what he says anymore.  I just want to know when the straw is going to break the camel's back.

    Something has to give for the American public to finally tell Mittens to put a sock in it.

    "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

    by politicalceci on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 01:03:33 PM PDT

  •  Underrated from debate: Obama on health care (1+ / 0-)
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    vcmvo2

    One thing overlooked in all the "who won/who lost?" coverage of the debate was that Obamacare seems to be taken off the table as something perceived as a negative against Obama.  Obama embraced the term and Romney tried to piggyback off of it with pre-existing.  I thought Obama did well defending health care, which was supposed to be such a weakness going into the election.

  •  Mitt's Matrix (0+ / 0-)

    Alternative reality...
    So heres a pre-emptive list of future Mitt proclamations:

    "I love clean drinking water and fresh air to breathe, but by spending  money on the environment we send more jobs to China."

    "I truly enjoy the arts, I used to enjoy painting as a kid...but we cannot support the arts if it means more jobs sent to China."

    "The liberal media has created "global warming"..and has found scientists to create highly detailed longitudinal
    studies to support their position."

    "When I said 47%, I was completely wrong..I really meant to say the 47.87%"

  •  Willard's likes and loves are equally liable to (0+ / 0-)

    be sacrificed.  He's like Abraham in that regard, willing to slay his son until the good lord said, "don't be stupid; there's a perfectly good ram in the thicket."
    Innocents exist to be sacrificed.  They make good victims because they don't expect to be attacked, so there's less chance they'll fight back.
    Of course, Willard's attacks are all indirect or vicarious.  He doesn't steal food from the mouths of babes directly; he just takes the money their parents need to buy it.

    OUR MONEY, btw.

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 01:36:48 PM PDT

  •  Like Murdock's 'compromise', the media did not uni (0+ / 0-)

    formly condem ACA so they 'by and large' supported it.  See, one would have been a media, so more than one means the media, and 1/3 means almost all!

    By Thug Newspeak that is.

    But given The 1%Chameleon's act last Weds., dod you expect him to say anything else?

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