The notion that Donald Trump’s fundraiser is some kind of debacle for Mitt Romney is one more “shiny object” stunt that is a transparent diversion by the Obama campaign so the media will avoid examining President Obama’s record. And it’s yet another indication of just how in-the-tank-for-Obama is so much of the media coverage
I find it inconceivable that there are voters out there who will change their votes because Trump raised money for Romney. But relevance doesn’t equal news judgment. Voters, I suspect, aren’t so dim as to disagree with Romney’s comment: “You know, I don’t agree with all the people who support me and my guess is they don’t all agree with everything I believe in. But I need to get 50.1 percent or more, and I’m appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people.”
That Romney has disclaimed any hint of birtherism is also no reason for the media to restrain itself.
Nor is hypocrisy any hinderance. Obama’s super PAC continues to take money from Bill Maher, who not only demeans women in terms unusable in The Post, but also has taken to anti-Mormon bigotry. Yawn goes the media.
An Obama bundler is a porn producer. And, “Team Obama includes a self-identified ‘Muslim Palestinian-American’ campaign fundraiser who has a history of blasting Israel in highly charged letters and newspaper articles about the Middle East conflict.” More yawning from the media.
In addition to being the largest single donor to the pro-Obama Super PAC Priorities USA at $2 million, [DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey] Katzenberg’s company is currently under investigation by the SEC for allegedly bribing Chinese officials.
The SEC investigation comes just weeks after Katzenberg announced this February that DreamWorks had struck a $2 billion deal to open a studio in Shanghai under the Oriental Dreamworks brand. The China deal was inked in a ceremony that featured Katzenberg alongside Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, who stopped off in Los Angeles in February on his way back to China after a series of high-level meetings at the White House, including meetings with Obama.
Katzenberg joined Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Chinese vice president for a meeting that led to the DreamWorks deal. In an interview with the Financial Times, Katzenberg said the deal required Xi’s personal approval in order to move forward.
The media doesn’t care.
But that’s par for the course. Romney will talk this week, according to a campaign e-mail, about “President Obama’s abysmal economic policies harming job creation . . . [and that] President Obama not only doesn’t understand the economy — he also opposes the free-market principles that built it.” Obama wants to talk Trump. That’s the 2012 campaign in a nutshell.