The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

August 30, 2012

Liberal media bias directed against GOP, delegate says

By Mannix Porterfield
Register-Herald Reporter

— Liberal bias by the national media is being orchestrated to paint Republicans as white racists and proof has comes in the networks repeatedly ignoring speeches by blacks and Hispanics at the national convention in Tampa, a West Virginia delegate charged Wednesday.

“Every time there was a Hispanic or African-American speaker, they’d break away,” John McCutcheon said of the Tuesday night coverage by the national television networks.

“What that does is continue their narrative and Chris Matthews is a perfect example of someone who says everything but, ‘Hey, all Republicans are white racists.’ To facilitate that narrative, they cut away.”

McCutcheon said this was plainly evident by two black speakers who prompted robust cheers — Mayor Mia Love of Saratoga Springs, Utah, and Arthur Davis, a former Democratic congressman in Alabama.

Davis had delivered a nominating speech for President Obama at the 2008 convention and told Republican delegates that was “a mistake” and he wanted to repair the damage to the nation that he helped foster. Unless they were tuned into C-Span’s unfiltered coverage, McCutcheon said, many viewers missed his remarks.

“We need to stand up and say, ‘Hey, you people (network news reporters) are the racists,” McCutcheon said.

“You’re deliberately manipulating your viewers and making them think the only people who speak at the Republican National Convention are white males or white females. It’s infuriating, absolutely infuriating.”

McCutcheon said viewers depending on network television for coverage missed an upbeat speech by Love.

“She is electrifying, beautiful,” he said.

“She is one of those people who can connect with television and an audience. She certainly did that. I’ve scarcely seen people who come across like that. Only a few.”

McCutcheon said he likewise was impressed with Davis, who went to great lengths to exhort listeners to correct the mistake he and fellow Democrats did four years ago in promoting Obama’s candidacy.

“I guess the Democratic Party down there (in Alabama) decided he wasn’t quite black enough,” McCutcheon said.

Had Davis been a Republican at the outset and switched parties, the delegate said, “My God, the calls of ‘racist Republicans’ would be everywhere. That’s typical double standards of the national media.”

Biased coverage by the national media is “already a problem” the Romney-Ryan ticket faces in what is shaping up as a close election, McCutcheon said.

“I think the general public is so fed up with the narrative of the left on most of the cable news networks and regular television networks,” he said.

“Nobody trusts them any more. Fewer and fewer people get their news on a daily basis from them. They dug their own grave.”

McCutcheon is no stranger to national politics. In 2000, he directed George W. Bush’s successful campaign in West Virginia and served in his administration as a White House liaison to the Department of Energy and a senior policy advisor for fossil energy. Now, he is a law student at West Virginia University.

At times during the Tampa gathering, McCutcheon has run into some Bush administration figures, giving him an opportunity to renew old friendships.

“It’s like old home week,” he said. “You see a lot of people you worked with.”