by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
We owe a great debt of gratitude to Michael Schaffer.
The senior editor at Politico admitted out loud Friday what most of us already knew. Namely that the media plays favorites with the candidates they cover despite their laughable claims of neutrality. Schaffer’s admission of blatant media coverage bias appeared in his piece “Washington’s Favorite Republican Is Making All the Right Moves.”
And who is currently “Washington’s favorite Republican,” you ask? Former Maryland Governor Larry Hogan? Nope! Governor Chris Sununu of New Hampshire.
As we shall see, this is not exactly an enviable position to be in. But before we get to the inevitable downside, let us read Schaffer explain why the media accolades (for now) being poured upon Sununu as the “runaway winner” of “[t]he Permanent-Washington Primary,” adding he’s “making all the right moves” to win “the GOP base’s most despised demographic” in “the hearts and minds and television bookings and annual dinner invites of that Beltway-media-industrial complex.”
Schaffer continues to explain why the warm media embrace (for now) of Sununu. Spoiler alert: He’s a yes-man for the press:
“Showing up on schmoozy, talky media platforms? Check: Sununu just hit network Sunday talk shows an impressive three weeks in a row last month. If you don’t count the shows on conservative networks, that’s three more times than fellow Republican not-quite-candidates Ron DeSantis, Mike Pompeo and Tim Scott managed in the entire previous year.” …
… What Schaffer conveniently neglected to mention is that John McCain, who was held up by much of the media a “maverick” willing to “decry his own party’s wacko birds,” was slammed as soon as he was nominated for president in 2008 as some sort of monster in comparison to the media’s beloved Barack Obama.
So enjoy the media praise for criticizing fellow Republicans for now, Chris Sununu. But if you were ever able to attain the nomination as McCain did, that same “Beltway-media-industrial complex” would instantly turn on you like vipers.