Our goal for this Web site is to focus on Mitt’s qualities as a person, husband, father, and friend. From time to time, however, topics arise on which I cannot resist commenting. For example, I wrote recently how Jack Welch had said that Mitt is “The most qualified leader to run for president” in his lifetime. While that post fits our profile, another does not, asking whether Fox News is “In the Tank for Newt Gingrich?”
Today I cannot resist writing about another situation in the same vein. My wife and I have been noticing for a while now that Newsmax has been promoting Newt Gingrich, causing frustration to the point that she unsubscribed from their mailing list. Because I have over the past few years liked their perspective on the news, I have still been hanging on. Now I am glad that I did, because it provided the opportunity to show just how things are going there.
After thinking about the best way to illustrate what they have been up to, I decided I would put up an explanatory graphic with a short post to summarize messages from Newsmax that I had deleted from my E-mail inbox:
The sheer volume of message traffic over a two-week period speaks for itself, which could yield a great deal of analysis regarding the details of the obvious bias. Limited time requires that I go only for the very low hanging fruit by pointing out a couple of the more blatant examples.
The reader should first know that I deleted very few other messages, which included paid ads for this and that. Also, I deleted a small number of other messages that came in between the blasts for Gingrich.
The whole episode began after Mitt had seemingly won Iowa, with Newsmax sending the first message on 6 January with the heading ”Exclusive: Herman Cain Praises Gingrich for ‘Ideas, Solutions.’” That line in the message linked to the article, “Herman Cain Heaps Praise on Gingrich.”
As is shown in the graphic above, the flood of messages began on 12 January, two days after Mitt had won New Hampshire by a wide margin and Newt had come in fifth. At that point it seems that the alarm was sounded big time, and Newsmax subscribers were treated to a host of Newt-oriented messages. These contained quotes from Bill O’Reilly, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Donald Wildmon, and Mark Levin, all either supporting Newt or opposing Mitt. Even George Soros, the Right’s great nemesis and Obama supporter, made the list with a comment that is especially amusing and insightful, if not in the way that Soros had intended. His goal, highlighted by Newsmax in their piece, Soros: Obama, Romney ‘Not Much Difference’, is clearly to set up an equivalency in the mind of conservatives between Mitt and President Obama:
Billionaire financier George Soros thinks that, if Mitt Romney wins the presidency, there will be “little difference” between him and Barack Obama in the White House.
Soros offered the reassuring news to liberals across Europe during an interview this week in Davos, Switzerland.
As policymakers from Hong Kong to Canada pressed Greece and its creditors to strike a deal to cut the nation’s debt, Soros pressed in on GOP presidential candidate Romney:
“Well, look, either you’ll have an extremist conservative, be it Gingrich or Santorum, in which case I think it will make a big difference which of the two comes in,” Soros told Reuters in a videotaped interview.
“If it’s between Obama and Romney, there isn’t all that much difference except for the crowd that they bring with them.”
It should be clear that Soros was setting Mitt up for criticism from fellow conservatives, and Newsmax dutifully obliged. Adding icing to their Gingrich-flavored cake, the Newsmax writer cites Rush Limbaugh, who told his audience that Soros is “endorsing Romney. ‘Romney, that’s cool, no difference, I could go either way that way [sic].’”
The irony here, once again, is that Newsmax and others are doing exactly what the mainstream media did during the last election cycle: Promoting and failing to properly vet their favorite candidate in the race!