Should the media ever wonder why they’re deemed to have a political bias, they need look no further than CBS. The media giant is at it again. The network is running a sequester tracker to assist the White House in their fear-mongering and manipulation of the American voter. One week into sequestration, the world’s second largest broadcaster openly admits that there has been no impact. Of course, like any good main stream media outlet, who doesn’t want to be accused to outright partiality, the media giant adds a perverse “yet.”
“Despite dire warnings from President Obama and some of his cabinet officials, the sequester's budget cuts have had very little immediate impact on the day-to-day lives of the average American – yet,” CBS’s Lindsey Boerma writes.
What Boerma is indicating is that the Obama administration so depends on a big spending, ever-growing government that they can’t manage on more money than they used last year.
Ahead of next year’s mid-term elections, the White House is desperate to regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives. With the Senate already under Democrat control and the administration confident that it will be held, the House would assure that Obama could push through a progressive agenda and secure his legacy.
“The president understands that to get anything done, he needs a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives,” said Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “To have a legacy in 2016, he will need a House majority in 2014, and that work has to start now.”
In an attempt to mold his own legacy, which includes a desire for gun control, climate change, immigration reform, and the economy, Obama has committed to raising money for Democrats, has agreed to help recruit viable candidates, and launched Organizing for Action (OFA), formerly known as Obama for America, a political non-profit group dedicated to furthering his agenda and that of his congressional allies.
Groups such as OFA are set up as 501(c)4 non-profit social welfare organizations, and typically used to raise unlimited funds not subject to Federal Election Commission disclosure rules.
OFA has been criticized for selling quarterly access to the president for $500,000, a rare occurence where the media found criticism with the Obama White House.
During last year's presidential election, a Rasmussen poll found that 59% of voters believe that the media treated Obama better than Mitt Romney, with another majority saying that reporters, themselves, attempted to help the president win re-election.
Unlike the American voter, Obama continues to believe that the media is too fair to Republicans, and, in a January interview, rallied the media to the left, accusing them of taking "objectivity" too far and placing equal criticism on Republicans and Democrats.
The biggest factor, the president said, was "how the media shapes debates."
In other words, if the media is playing favorites for the White House, all is well in Obama's world. In that scenario, the president and his party are perfectly willing to accept media bias when it suits their agenda, which just so happens to include CBS's transparent attempt to assist the White House in their negative portrayal of Republicans over sequestration, just another unsubtle part of the Obama administration's mid-term campaign strategy.