by Max Brantley
Victimhood is one of the most popular themes of modern Republicanism.
Christians, despite cramming their points of view down throats of the unwilling near and far, are being victimized.
Unions, though outspent 10 to 1 in Wisconsin, are the bullies.
Gay kids, bullied to suicide by oppressors, are a threat to the "religious freedom" of others.
And on and on.
Which brings us to Mike Huckabee, who spouted on one of his media venues yesterday that national press is in the tank for Barack Obama. Really? You'd be hard-pressed to find even a liberal commentator cutting the president much slack. The Atlantic hoots at the Huckster:
The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism analyzed reporting on all the Republican presidential candidates over the course of one year, ending May 6, 2012, then compared them to President Obama’s media metrics. They found that Romney has received overwhelmingly more positive media coverage than President Obama, although coverage of both men remain in negative territory.
“You can argue that negative coverage of the administration is justified,” The Atlantic‘s James Fallows explained. “You can argue that incumbents are — and should be — held to a tougher standard, since they have a record to defend. But you can’t sanely argue that the press is in the tank for Obama, notwithstanding recent ‘false equivalence’ attempts to do so.”
Facts DO count. There is some negativity in the evaluation of Mitt Romney's ideas on the economy, such as from economist Joseph Stiglitz:
Speaking to reporters in New York on Monday, the Nobel Prize-winner and former World Bank chief claimed that if former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R) is elected president in 2012, the risk of another recession will go up “significantly.”
“The Romney plan is going to slow down the economy, worsen the jobs deficit and significantly increase the likelihood of a recession,” he said, according to Bloomberg News.
RELATED: Columbia Journalisn Review rips Politico a new one for giving aid and comfort to Republican victimhood in a thinly disguised attack on its own competitors.