American Press: Liberal Bias--Obama/Carson Youth Coverage (Novenber 2015)

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This worked fairly well because there were parisans on both sides which meant that the Goverment had to be held up to scrutiny and standards. A new issue has emerged in recent years is a very one sided mindset among the journalitic community. This is not, for the most part, a result of Government mandate, but appears to be more the left ward drift of academia and that individuals with left wing boases tend to be espeially interested in journalistic careers. The problem we have with this is that it is denying individuals and groups the right to get their views into the public forum and is denying citizens access to information and views--precisely what the fredom od speech and the press was designed to achieve. There are countles example of this in America today. Dr. Ben Carson is being criticized for what he has written about his youth. We do not object to this, but we notice that the same outlets that give considerble attention to this story keep from Americans similar statements by President Obama about his youth. We wonder if readers have noted the media outlets carrying the Carson descriotion of his youth story have carried the compaparable Obama stories. Here we are using a presentation by Sean Hannity.

Hanity Presenttation (November 10, 2015)

Hanity after discussing the Carson story, commented, "Since we're on the topic of lies told by presidential hopefuls in their biographies, why don't we take a look at some of the biggest whoppers from President Barack Obama."\\

1. The 1965 March in Selma was responsible for his conception

President Obama claimed his birth was a result of the 1965 Selma march. In a 2007 speech, he said: This young man named Barack Obama got one of those tickets [to study in the U.S.], and he met this woman who’s great-great-great-great grandfather had owned slaves. But she had a different idea. There’s some good craziness going on, because they looked at each other and they decided that we know that in the world that it has been it might not be possible for us to get together and have a child. But something’s stirring across the country because of what happened in Selma, Alabama because some folks are willing to march across a bridge. So they got together… Barack Obama, Jr. was born. President Obama was born in 1961, making this claim impossible. It also makes his next claim even more bizarre…

2. Obama’s uncle liberated Auschwitz

Unless Obama’s uncle was a member of the Russian military, this one is most certainly false. Here we disagree with Hamity. We do not think the President wa lying here. We think he probly believed he was telling the truth. What this story demonstrates is the President poor grasp of history.

3. Obama’s father abandoned he and his mother in 1963

As it turns out, it was Obama’s mother who left his father, not the other way around. Author David Maraniss writes in his 2012 book Barack Obama: The Story, that “It was [Obama’s] mother who left Hawaii first, a year earlier than his father.” He also suggests he and his mother fled to Seattle because of his father’s domestic abuse.

4. His mother didn’t have health insurance during her battle with cancer

In 2009 Obama stated: "I will never forget my own mother, as she fought cancer in her final months, having to worry about whether her insurance would refuse to pay for her treatment. And by the way, this was because the insurance company was arguing that somehow she should have known that she had cancer, when she took her new job, even though it hadn't been diagnosed yet." Obama shared this same anecdote on multiple occasions. As it turns out, she never fought to get coverage for her treatment, only for disability insurance. This one got a 'mostly false' from Politifact.

5. Obama’s “composite girlfriend” in New York In Obama’s biography Dreams From My Father, he writes about a white girlfriend named Genevieve he dated while he was a student at Occidental College. After the REAL Genevieve—who dated Obama while they both lived in Chicago—came forward and denied any of the events Obama described happened with her, the president was forced to admit the Genevieve he talked about in his book was a 'composite' of several girlfriends.


Let us be clear, we do not think these mistatements are very important. The question is why do so many media outlets create a gige story about Dr. Carson's youthful statements, but keep similar statements from the President.


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Created: 8:48 PM 11/10/2015
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