Every once in awhile someone in the media levies a charge that the conservative media has been championing for some time. And last night it happened with Politico reporter Jim VandeHei.
Following Michelle Obama's convention speech, the media gave rousing approval. And VandeHei and the team at Politico noticed, publishing a piece about the media fawning over the remarks. In fact, VandeHei pointed out the media is "quite stricken" with the Obamas and said because of that no one should put too much stock in the reaction to her speech:
“We just posted an item about the media’s reaction. Not a shocker here, Wolf Blitzer saying it was a grand slam; Chuck Todd saying that Michelle Obama owned this convention in a way no speaker owned the convention in Tampa, and David Gergen on CNN said if they have two more nights like this they could probably break this race open. The mainstream media tends to be quite smitten with the Obamas so I don’t know if we should over interpret it but there’s no doubt that’s sort of how all the taste makers in media as we talk what it does have a way shaping certainly the coverage in the morning. So I think you can anticipate that tomorrow is going to be quite glowing.”
That's quite a startling admission. You can watch it below:
So what piece was VandeHei referring to? This one, which details the reaction of the network personalities (even Fox ones):
CNN's Wolf Blitzer: "The First Lady not hitting a home run, but probably a Grand Slam."
NBC's Chuck Todd: "Michelle Obama owned this convention in a way that no speaker owned the convention in Tampa."
CNN analyst David Gergen: "If they have two more nights like this, they can probably break this race open."
Fox News's Martha McCallum: "Very positive response here from the floor, and very enthusiastic from people listening to this."
Fox News' Brit Hume: "Extremely impressive woman."
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow: "Oh my god."
MSNBC's Ed Schultz: "Tonight we were reintroduced to a star."
CNN analyst Donna Brazille: "Love is in the air."
If ever anyone was looking for evidence that mainstream media knows it sets the agenda, look no further than VandeHei's comments.
(H/T: Hot Air)