Bill O'Reilly, in his Talking Points Memo segment tonight, suggested that President Obama has allies in the media who are now all but openly professing their support for him and their disdain for anyone else. His evidence was the recent, arguably fawning introduction of Obama by AP Chairman Dean Singleton, as well as a segment on Mitt Romney's religion aired by famously anti-Mormon MSNBC contributor Lawrence O'Donnell.
O'Reilly didn't find either the introduction or the O'Donnell segment surprising, but he did warn his viewers that they could be signs of an extremely dirty political campaign to come.
For those unaware of the context of this segment, let's start with the introduction. As Investors' Business Daily put it:
The charade ended long ago in regard to the dominant media's "objectivity." Tuesday's love letter to President Obama from the chairman of the Associated Press just confirms the obvious.
The only thing separating AP Chairman and newspaper mogul Dean Singleton's gushing introduction of President Obama to an Associated Press luncheon in a fancy Washington hotel from an Obama 2012 campaign rally was the absence of the line, "and now the next president of the United States."
You would never imagine Singleton was describing a president who in just over three years has added nearly $5 trillion to the national debt — more than twice that of the Bush administration's eight years.
As to O'Donnell's segment on Mormonism, in which he accused Mormonism's founder Joseph Smith of having 48 wives - a practice which his religion was created to "sanction," it's hardly the first time O'Donnell has been so savagely anti-Romney. In fact, in 2007, O'Donnell went off on Romney for subscribing to what he called a "racist faith." Watch the previous outburst below:
O'Donnell's anti-mormon bigotry shouldn't be anything new. However, it will prove to be a bit of an albatross for Romney come the general election.