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Brown: Barack Obama and Media Stories You Won't Hear

By Floyd and Mary Beth Brown

Most Americans judge a President based on his promises and his results. They measure the success of the nation in part by the question Ronald Reagan asked voters in 1980. Reagan simply said, "Are you better off today than you were four years ago?"

For Barack Obama, this question is deadly. Obama promised big results, but he has failed to deliver. For example, look at these four promises and his results.

Obama's 825 billion dollar stimulus failed to keep unemployment below 8 percent as Obama promised. Since President Obama's stimulus passed, America has lost 1.1 million jobs. If you count people who have become discouraged and are no longer seeking jobs, some economists believe that real unemployment rate is above twenty percent.

Obama called his health care package one of his major accomplishments. He told CBS' Steve Kroft he was "putting in place a system in which we're going to start lowering health care costs." Yet it has failed to make health insurance more affordable. According to the fact watchdog website, ObamaCare is actually making health care "less affordable." Workers paid an average of $132 more for family coverage just this year.

Obama predicted his investments in green energy would create 5 million jobs, but the Wall Street Journal reports: "The green jobs subsidy story gets more embarrassing by the day. Three years ago President Obama promised that by the end of the decade, America would have five million green jobs, but so far, some $90 billion in government spending has delivered very few."

Obama pledged to cut the deficit in half, saying: "And that's why today I'm pledging to cut the deficit we inherited by half by the end of my first term in office." Even if every part of Obama's deficit reduction proposal was enacted, the deficit at the end of his first term would still be $1.33 trillion, more than twice what he promised.

But don't expect much reporting on his record. Instead, watch as the media focuses on polls. They like to treat most campaigns like a horse race. Don't be bedazzled by the speeches and rhetoric, just look at the promises and his results. Judge Barack Obama by his own expectations and you will see he has been a failure.

But the news media is almost as desperate to ignore Obama's record as he is to hide it.

As a result of his dismal record, he has decided to run a campaign of attacks on Mitt Romney in the vain hope that the subject will be changed. The mainstream media will help him change the agenda.

We will hear stories about how Bain Capital, Romney's old firm, restructured business and cut jobs, and the media will forget to talk about how Obama restructured General Motors and cut jobs.

We will hear stories about how Mitt Romney bullied someone in school nearly 50 years ago, and we won't hear about Barack Obama doing drugs 25 or 30 years ago.

We will hear stories about how Mitt Romney is controlled by the far right, and we won't hear a story about Barack Obama's associates on the far left.

Expect the media to work as hard to re-elect Barack Obama as they did to elect him. But if Romney stays focused on giving America the facts and forcing the media to report accurately, this election is his to lose.


The Browns are bestselling authors and speakers. To comment on this column, e-mail Together they write a national weekly column distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. Floyd is also president of the Western Center for Journalism.

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  1. effwingerComment by effwinger
    June 1, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

    This column is probably preaching to the choir. The ones that will decide the election are the independents that haven’t made their choice yet. The very ones that will be constantly lied to by the libtard leftwing socialist media. Obama’s record is plain as day and a complete failure, but it won’t get that play in the American press.

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  2. jasaplayComment by jasaplay
    June 1, 2012 @ 7:48 pm

    It’s hard to believe anything in the main stream media who think Obama will continue to be America’s darling. . .but some news is indisputable and the economy continues to sink, joblessness increases — at the rate things are going, the choice will be obvious to independents – and lackluster democrats as well. Romney is the only choice.

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  3. brightlightComment by brightlight
    June 2, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

    As to the above article consider the following.
    You are a buyer for say widgets.A salesman Barack Obama pays a cold call to your office. The secretary is impressed and encourages you to invite him in for a meeting to hear what he has to say.
    Mr. Obama hits his stride and makes an excellent presentation but as an experienced buyer you know you need to know more.He did a lot of promising,and was quite convincing,so you call others in your industry you know and trust to see if he has called on them as well and to get their impression of him and the actual results he has produced for them.
    Most reviews are negative as to results ,but many say he is affable and buy some small items from him.They say he has been calling on them for about 3 years. Some of them have stopped seeing him when he calls because of his inability to put together a sales package that really makes a difference to them in particular to advance their reason to change to a new supplier.Others who have tried his products say they have actually cost them far more than they anticipated and will not buy from him again.

    Two weeks later salesman Obama returns and once again is invited in for a meeting by you.You wonder if you missed anything the first time.

    Obama begins and ends with virtually the same presentation he made the first time.Can this be possible?youask yourself. It’s as if he was never here before. But he did know your name, thats a plus.
    So now you have to ask questions as to others who are doing business with him and the results acheived for them as customers.You already know the answers but you want to hear them from him.
    Obama offers back platitudes and hesitations not really hitting on specific companies but offering-up generalities as to over-all reactions to his products by specific customers.
    After only 10 minutes of this you know he is deliberately evading specific questions put by you about those specific customers.You thank him and call an end to the meeting.
    Now,having done your due diligance, you you realize this is someone you will not be doing business with.He can’t be trusted.


    Real business leaders do this all the time. They decide in the quiet of their own space utilizing the best resources at their disposal, the majority without their personal hand out and doing what is best for the company.If voters did the same they would be a lot better off.

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