By Mr Curmudgeon:
One can’t help but notice the many liberal newspapers jumping off the Obama bandwagon. Many are hitching their crumbling credibility to Mitt Romney’s winning steed: the Des Moines Register; the Tennessean; the Orlando Sentinel; and the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel to name a few.
But Obama can take comfort that the Big Three remain steadfast in their support: the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune.
The Times claims “Mr. Obama prevented another Great Depression” and “prevented unemployment from reaching 12 percent.” Tell that to the 23 million unemployed that currently make up the 14.7% of Americans who have run through their unemployment benefits and still cannot find work.
The Post, on the other hand, expressed “disappointments of Mr. Obama’s time in office. He did not end, as he promised he would, ‘our chronic avoidance of tough decisions’ on fiscal matters. But Mr. Obama is committed to the only approach that can succeed: a balance of entitlement reform and revenue increases.” In other words, as long as the president calls for higher taxes, he has a friend in the Post.
The Tribune eerily praised Romney while endorsing his Democratic rival, “On questions of economics and limited government, the Chicago Tribune has forged principles that put us closer to the challenger in this race, Republican Mitt Romney. We write with those principles clearly in our minds. Romney advocates less spending, less borrowing – overall, a less costly and less intrusive role for government in the lives of the governed.” However, the Tribune then says, “His [Romney’s] proposals to achieve a balanced budget, and to begin reducing taxpayer’s huge debts, rest on questionable math and rosy assumptions.”
The Tribune conveniently forgets Obama’s rosy 2009 “stimulus” assumption to “create three to four million jobs over the next few years … That’s why this is not just a short-term program to boost employment. It’s one that will invest in our most important priorities like energy and education; health care and a new infrastructure that are necessary to keep us strong and competitive in the 21st century.”
Four years and nearly six trillion dollars later, America slides into a double-dip recession – or worse.
In a conference call with reporters, Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod was asked by a Des Moines Register reporter (whose editorial board endorsed Romney) if the Chicago fixer thought newspaper endorsements were worth the paper they are printed on. “I guess we’ll find out,” said Axelrod, “and we’re very comfortable with what the result will be.”
Axelrod took the words right out of Romney’s mouth.