Thursday, October 04, 2012

MSM’s Strategy of Misrepresentation on Behalf of Obama Blew Up in Their Faces, and Won the First Debate for Romney!



Chappatte, October 3, 2012


By Nicholas Stix

Why do I say that? Because the media have for months misrepresented Romney as a bumbling, gaffetastic buffoon, while misrepresenting “Obama” as competent. Thus, when fence-sitting voters who expected more of the same saw a competent, well-prepared Romney last night, and a bumbling “Obama,” both men made much more powerful impressions—for better and for worse, respectively—than would have been the case, had the MSM not been a pack of liars, all along.

The MSM have a history of smugly overplaying their hand, which contributed to George W. Bush’s victories in 2000 and 2004. The MSM delude themselves that they can brainwash voters into doing their bidding, but millions of people in this country vote against the media.

The most dramatic media backfire occurred in 1991-1992, in the Rodney King case. KTLA News doctored the videotape of police brutally but justifiably (legally and morally) beating King, deleting the beginning, when King attacked the police. The media did this to ensure that the police would not only be charged with assault under color of authority, but railroaded into prison. But when an all-white, Simi Valley jury saw the real, undoctored tape, and realized what KTLA had done, the impression it made on them was all the more powerful, and they acquitted the four officers.

Of course, following the 1992 L.A. riots, under orders of President George H.W. Bush, the feds then did railroad LAPD Sergeant Stacey C. Koon and Officer Laurence M. Powell in an unconstitutional, double-jeopardy trial. Consequently, the MSM had to settle for half a loaf, though I suppose the 53 dead and $1 billion in property damage, much of it due to arson in the L.A. riot, gave them some consolation.

By the way, I didn’t watch the debate; I have better things to do with my time, though I just viewed several minutes of highlights (see video above).

Our son was assigned to watch the debate, but The Boss made him go to bed. She told him to tell his teacher that he is much too young to be staying up ‘til midnight on a school night. The debate ran until 11 p.m. or later, and the stimulation from it would have prevented him from falling asleep until much later.

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Undecided Voters: Round One Goes to Romney By Chris Kofinis and Frank Luntz October 4, 2012 Daily Finance

Now, we don't agree on much, but reality is reality. Gov. Romney won the debate.

No way to deny it, spin it, or paint a different picture. It was the moment the Romney campaign was looking for -- a decisive victory that could change the narrative -- and he got it.

One knew from the opening answer that Gov. Romney had come loaded for bear. From that very first answer on, he was passionate and forceful. He recited a blizzard of facts and offered well-structured answers. He was empathetic and respectful to the president. And, he pushed a coherent and focused message. In fact, for these 90 minutes, he was the opposite of the campaign and the candidate the American people have seen.

Yes, he was quite good.

President Obama, on the other hand, was passive bordering on disinterest. He seemed displeased at times, and even worse, he showed it. He had no message and he meandered. He ignored facts and specifics he could have used to attack Gov. Romney. He didn't have an effective frame or any message.

Interestingly, one of President Obama's best answers came when he defended his health care plan, but he still did not undermine Gov. Romney in this exchange. How is that possible? On health care?

Worst of all, he let Gov. Romney control the debate from beginning to end. Folks, it's Debate 101 that you never -- ever -- let your opponent control the debate. At a minimum, the president needed to be as aggressive as Gov. Romney. But he wasn't.

Putting aside our observations, based on an AOL-sponsored debate night focus group of 25 undecided voters, the results were clear. Romney won. President Obama lost. When asked whether they felt that Romney improved his image, the answer was a resounding yes. When asked whether they felt this would energize his campaign, the answer was yes. While the president did show signs of improvement in the second half of the debate among our group, it just wasn't nearly enough. So what did we learn from tonight's debate and what does it mean for the remaining two presidential debates?


1. Be On-Message: Watch the debate again. Count how many times Romney said the word "jobs" versus President Obama. Does anyone want to make a $10,000 bet how many more times Gov. Romney said jobs? It is inexplicable that the president ceded this word and issue to Gov. Romney. This election is about jobs and the economy, yet the president rarely talked about jobs. Gov. Romney kept talking about jobs and the economy, even when he was asked about something else. In doing so, Romney won the message war.

2. Expectations Matter: Much as George W. Bush won the debates in 2000 because voters expected so little, Mitt Romney "won" last night because he so exceeded expectations. Let's be honest, most folks expected Gov. Romney wouldn't do well tonight. In fact, if you were watching his campaign you would have expected -- predicted -- some disastrous gaffe or mistake. The expectations were low, and that kind of expectations game creates a dangerous dynamic. Voters come in thinking they're going to witness some caricature of a candidate they've seen and heard. But when they see and hear something different, the reaction and effect is even greater than the debate performance may even warrant.

3. Passion Matters -- a Lot!: Gov. Romney sounded and looked passionate, the president did not (except on health care). Gov. Romney spoke like he truly believed in what he was saying, while President Obama's tone missed the mark. He seemed unwilling to sell to the American people on his vision and policies in the passionate ways we have heard in the past. The word we heard most to describe Obama: "flat" -- and this is at a time when Americans want their president to rise to the challenge and inspire us to greatness again.

4. Stats Matter: Here's a little debate trick to remember: If you want to sound substantive, use statistics to reinforce nearly every response and attack. It's the "facts" voters say they crave. Romney did just that. He was a human statistics machine. He used them to not only reinforce his answers but to undermine the president's. Were these statistics all true? Who knows? But the president did nothing to undermine Gov. Romney's statistics and arguments. As a result, Romney's answers sounded more informed, more convincing, and more credible.

5. Be Aggressive: Aggressiveness is more appealing than defensiveness, and the president displayed no willingness to engage. He did not press. He did not counterpunch. He did not mention the 47% video or a litany of attacks his campaign has used to define Gov. Romney. Why? It's almost inexplicable. President Obama simply failed to take the fight to Gov. Romney, even as his own campaign takes the fight to Romney very day. There were clearly moments -- many of them -- where he could have forcefully engaged Gov. Romney. Instead, President Obama chose a more cerebral and filibustering approach, which does not work when you face a determined opponent. So where do we go from here? Will this change the course of the election? We'll see, but one thing is clear. The next presidential debate just became as important to President Obama as it is to Gov. Romney.

Let the battle continue.

Chris Kofinis is a Democratic strategist. Frank Luntz is a Republican pollster and strategist. AOL has an elections content partnership with Chris Kofinis and Luntz Global.

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