This morning I watched as the moderator lobbed softballs at Rick Perry at a town hall meeting in Conway, South Carolina that CNN televised. I couldn’t wait to share the video with you, and have been refreshing CNN’s video page all day, hoping they’d post segments.
Here’s what what they ended up posting. One video, less than a minute and a half long (not counting the 30 second AT&T ad) of Perry bragging about his “job creation.”
They failed to so much as mention Perry claiming outright that President Obama lied about illegal crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border sinking to record low levels. I guess the L.A. Times recent report about that was a lie too, huh Ricky? Hey CNN, did you correct the record? No, you didn’t.
They also failed to so much as mention Ricky’s little bombshell in which he floated the idea of raising the Medicare eligibility age to “69 or 70.” The New York Times at least hinted at it:
On Medicare, which he once again called a Ponzi scheme, Mr. Perry offered no specifics other than to say that the age minimum for receiving benefits ought to be raised. “That’s a good conversation to have,” he said.
The Houston Chronicle came closer, printing this quote, but still omitted the specifics about the ages Perry mentioned:
“No matter where you are in America, if you’re already getting your Social Security or are approaching that age, you’ve made a lot of decisions about retirement. … You have no worries at all about your current Social Security. What we do need to have a conversation about is kids my children’s age. … We shouldn’t lie to them and tell them that system we have in place today will be there for them.”
I heard these things, saw Rick Perry say these things, but nobody is reporting these things. CNN, you should be ashamed for not posting the entire video so that Americans can be informed and choose their candidates wisely.
Instead, once again, the media chose to dumb down voters and slant their stories to suit their own corporate needs.
This is unacceptable, but this is what we’re stuck with unless we the people start speaking out loudly and clearly, calling out this kind of shoddy reporting and blatant media bias.