Apparently the mainstream media have a conservative bias towards Congressman Paul Ryan. Such is the ludicrous assertion held by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaking on CBS This Morning following the first night of the Democratic National Convention.
First, Schumer claimed that Ryan, “creates this halo for himself that he’s a budget reducer” then goes on to claim that, “the mainstream media, maybe not the two of you [Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell], but the mainstream media, not just the hard right, gave Ryan this halo. Undeserved.” Lastly, Schumer argued that, “The halo came from the mainstream media who needed a hard right guy to say here’s the real compromiser.” [See video at link.]
Unfortunately for Mr. Schumer, his claims couldn’t be further from the truth. The record shows that the media have consistently demonized him as a cruel budget ‘slasher’ who balances the budged ‘on the backs of poor people and seniors.’ Below is a sample of some of the so-called ‘halos’ the mainstream media have placed over Mr. Ryan:
“New battle lines have been drawn after Mitt Romney chose conservative Congressman and budget slasher Paul Ryan as his running mate.”
— Co-host Bianna Golodryga on ABC’s Good Morning America, August 12.
"He really slashes into social programs, and — I mean, it’s across the board — in order to try to get this budget back into balance.”
— Face the Nation moderator Bob Schieffer on CBS This Morning, August 13. Under Ryan’s budget, federal spending actually increases, albeit at a slower rate than under Obama, from $3.6 to $4.9 trillion, over the next 10 years.
“This guy could be worse than Quayle, more trouble than Tom Eagleton, because this time, the presidential candidate and his team knew the weakness, saw the trouble they were walking into before they walked into it. And that’s not the best argument for Mr. Romney’s business acumen. This may be the worst merger since AOL bought Time Warner.”
— Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s Hardball, August 14. In 1972, Eagleton was replaced after 18 days as George McGovern’s running mate for failing to disclose his history with mental illness.
“I’ve heard Paul Ryan described as a true conservative....Do you honestly think he is someone who will work and reach across the aisle to Democrats, or will he be an immovable object on key social issues and issues of ideology?”
— Host Matt Lauer to Newt Gingrich on NBC’s Today, August 14.
"Guess what? Paul Ryan is doing it on the backs of poor people and seniors...He's not doing anything in terms of raising taxes to compensate and say, 'you know what, the sacrifice is going to be shared across all areas of our economy.' The rich get off like scoundrels. They're happy, they're like the executives on Wall Street this week who are getting all these big bonuses....Everyone says we've got to have tax cuts, we've got to have sacrifice for this country - oh, it's just for the middle class and especially those despicable poor people."
- Juan Williams on Fox News Sunday, April 10, 2011.
"Representative Paul Ryan's 2012 budget, released today, includes reforms, what they call reforms, and also big cuts in housing assistance, job training, and food stamps, all of which would have a very big impact on particularly poor and minority communities, some say."
- Andrea Mitchell on her 1pm ET MSNBC Andrea Mitchell Reports, April 5, 2011.
"People who have been studying your numbers very carefully have been saying that the numbers don't add up....[They say] two-thirds of the savings that you want to make in spending cuts come at the expense of programs designed for the poor, for the disadvantaged. And this is reverse Robin Hoodism, if you like - take from the poor, give back to the rich again."
- ABC's Christiane Amanpour to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) on This Week, May 1, 2011.
Such comments by Schumer are not only absurd but factually inaccurate. The quotes above are just a few of the numerous examples exposing the condemnation of Paul Ryan by the mainstream media. Schumer claimed that Ryan’s convention speech was full of “mistruths”, but his statement about a media bias in favor of Ryan is the real “mistruth.”
See transcript at link.