Anyone who is following the Republican primaries and debates has by now seen the infamous exchange between ABC debate “moderator” George Stephanopoulos and presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Just in case you didn’t get a chance, here’s the YouTube link (they have disabled embedding):
Scott Whitlock over at the Media Research Center’s site, NewsBusters.org, has already done a fine analysis on the questions asked during the ABC debate. As Whitlock points out, “Of the 48 queries by George Stephanopoulos, Diane Sawyer and others, 20 came from the left, three were from the right and 25 were neutral or horse race questions. A whopping 25 percent (12 questions) revolved around contraception-related subjects or gay rights.”
It’s incomprehensible to me that Republicans would subject themselves to this nonsense at this point in the race. Why is it that–time and time again–the Republican candidates have agreed to participate in debates run by far-left operatives? The eventual GOP nominee will have to deal with a tilted podium during each and every debate with the incumbent Democrat. (That is, if the President will agree to any public appearance that doesn’t involve a Teleprompter.) The eventual candidate will be up against a media machine that spent years colluding to put Barack Obama in the White House in the first place, and have a stake in ensuring their candidate’s reelection. Everybody knows this. Anybody who denies it is either woefully ignorant or flat out lying.
It’s no news to anyone that the alphabet networks are all left of center. It’s no news that ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, HLN, and MSNBC are so shot through with bias that it’s only notable in situations like this one, when it’s particularly egregious. In this case, abandoning all pretense at impartiality, former Clinton operative and full-time “journalist/activist” Stephanopoulos goes all-in to try to embarrass and humiliate Mitt Romney.
And it backfires.
Let’s face it: it was a stupid question to start with. There is no state in the Union that is currently considering a ban on contraception. This is not one of the “big issues” in this election cycle. It’s not even a small issue. It’s a non-issue. The only possible reason to ask this question–and follow it up with five additional attempts to needle the candidate into saying something bigoted and stupid-sounding–is to score political points and portray the Republican front-runner as some kind of “Jesus-Taliban” monster who wants to turn America into the Saudi-style Christian theocracy.
I mean, come on, Mr. Snuffleupagus:
STEPHANOPOULOS: Governor Romney, do you believe that states have the right to ban contraception? Or is that trumped by a constitutional right to privacy?
STEPHANOPOULOS: [I’m] asking you, do you believe that states have that right or not?
STEPHANOPOULOS: Hold on a second. Governor, you went to Harvard Law School. You know very well this is based on-
ROMNEY: Has the Supreme Court — has the Supreme Court decided that states do not have the right to provide contraception? I-
STEPHANOPOULOS: Yes, they have. In 1965, Griswold v. Connecticut.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But you’ve got the Supreme Court decision finding a right to privacy in the Constitution.
STEPHANOPOULOS: I understand that. But you’ve given two answers to the question. Do you believe that the Supreme Court should overturn it or not?
To Romney’s credit, he handled the moderator’s complete lack of professionalism with humor and aplomb. He did everything short of slapping on a Reaganesque grin and saying “There you go again.” He won over the studio audience, the viewing audience, and even the other candidates with his grace under fire. He looked damned presidential.
Stephanopoulos should be ashamed and humiliated with the way he conducted this exchange–and much of the rest of the debate as well. But he won’t be. For the far-left, any tactic is worth it if there is even a chance of scoring a few points and making a GOP challenger look bad to easily-fooled voters.
Romney and other members of the Republican party would do well to remember this. Stephanopolous, Sawyer, and everyone else in the Obama-fellating media understand that they are unofficial members of their president’s election committee. The only thing you can rely on is that they will do everything they can to try to prop up Obama and his failed presidency, and destroy any candidate foolish enough to oppose him.
It’s gonna be an interesting election year.