CNN debate moderator becomes to the media what the Tet Offensive was to Vietnam: Did she elect Mitt Romney?
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It will come as a shock to no one that Crowley interrupted Romney 28 times — and Obama a mere 9. God bless Breitbart.com.
Liberal bias in the media has long ceased to be a news story. The success of Fox News, talk radio, and the Internet has ended the liberal monopoly of the media.
But this last debate with Candy Crowley may have a serious impact well beyond the story of yet another liberal moderator playing favorites.
In this inflammatory atmosphere? With such an incredibly potent issue involving the death of an American ambassador, two Navy SEALs, and a foreign service officer? Added to an economy that is so visibly in the dumper?
Candy Crowley’s behavior may make her the liberal media equivalent of what the Tet Offensive was to the Vietnam War — and President Lyndon Johnson.
The tipping point.
The point at which a major historical event is tipped to a conclusion certain. Changing history and forcing the end of a presidency.
In the case of the Vietnam War, the Tet Offensive — which was actually thwarted by the U.S. military of the day — was presented to the American people as a military disaster. While the war formally went on until 1973, ending in a disastrous evacuation, the media portrayal of the Tet Offensive attack tipped the scales. The opposition that was once limited to far leftist student protestors went mainstream and eventually forced an end to the war — although not to Communist murder and oppression as was promised by anti-war activists. Two months and a day after all the negative media coverage of Tet in January of 1968 — Lyndon Johnson, the liberal darling of 1964’s Johnson/Goldwater race — dropped out of his race for re-election.
Tet was a Big Deal. No minor thing.
Crowley’s conduct in contrast is a small thing. On the surface, just one more tedious example of liberal media bias.
But Gladwell’s point is that “ideas, behavior, messages, and products…often spread like outbreaks of infectious disease.” That “just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu” so too can one person launch a social epidemic.
The idea that the liberal media is deliberately trying to fix the 2012 election for Obama is now rampant, spreading across America faster than the flu in February.
And sitting at that debate moderator’s desk in such a highly visible moment in American history, Candy Crowley’s action in putting her thumb on the scale with the lights and cameras on and running in front of millions — may finally have been something wildly unintended.
The tipping point for the liberal media.
A tipping point that makes Mitt Romney the 45th President of the United States.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?