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Morning Examiner: Obama’s 60 Minutes interview could have been even worse

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Last Friday, Gallup released a poll showing that distrust in the media is at an all time high. According to Gallup, this mistrust is driven largely by Republicans and independents who are “quite dissatisfied” with the ability of the liberal media to produce “fair and accurate news coverage of this election.” One only need to look at this Sunday’s edition of 60 Minutes to see that conservatives have every right to their beliefs.

Over the course of just 15 minutes, Obama referred to the murder of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens as just “a bump in the road,” he dismissed Israel’s concern that Iran will obtain nuclear weapons as “noise,” he called Israel just “one of our closest allies in the region,” he offered a third version of what his biggest disappointment as president was since July, he lied about not raising taxes on the middle class (the CBO confirmed Obamacare did that just last week), and he lied about not cutting Medicare (his Medicare Advantage cuts alone constitute a cut in benefits).

But of course CBS did not challenge him on any of this. If Mitt Romney had made any of the above foreign policy statements, or had so blatantly lied about his domestic record, the coverage would have been nothing short of disastrous. When Obama does it, the liberal media just sighs and looks the other way.

But that is not even the worst part. Apparently, during the course of the interview, Obama admitted that his ads “go overboard” and that “mistakes are made.” Mistakes? What mistakes? Which Obama ads have been false and gone overboard? Not only did CBS not challenge Obama on this, they did not even air this portion of the interview.

And then the liberal media wonders why conservatives and independents don’t trust them.

From The Washington Examiner
Editorial: Time for Romney’s big turnaround
Michael Barone: Obama’s comfort zone is campaigning, not governing
Byron York: Citing Founders, Obama, Clinton tout religious freedom but ignore free speech
Conn Carroll: The truth about the 47%
Susan Ferrechio: Romney’s drop weakens GOP effort to take Senate

Campaign 2012
Polls: A new Miami Herald poll shows Obama beating Romney 48 percent to 47 percent in Florida.
Obama: President Obama will attack Romney today for for criticizing Americans who don’t pay income taxes without having ‘‘come clean’’ about his own.
Romney: The Romney campaign released a new television ad this weekend depicting a scene from Bob Woodward’s book, The Price of Politics, where then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., hits the mute button on a rambling Obama so she can write the stimulus law with Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

In Other News
The New York Times, Deadly Attack in Libya Was Major Blow to C.I.A. Efforts: The attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans has dealt the Central Intelligence Agency a major setback in its intelligence-gathering efforts at a time of increasing instability in the North African nation.
The New York Times, Liking It or Not, States Prepare for Health Law: Unlike republican governors in Alaska, Florida, Louisiana, Maine, South Carolina and Texas, the Republican governors of Mississippi, Nevada and New Mexico are trying to meet the November 16th deadline to have a state-passed health insurance exchange.
The Washington Post
, Under Ben Bernanke, a more open and forceful Federal Reserve: In what might be his final years as chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben S. Bernanke is transforming the U.S. central bank, seeking to shed its reclusive habits and make it a constant presence in bolstering the economy.

Righty Playbook
The New York Times Ross Douthat on “Washington Versus America.”
George Will asks Utah to send Mia Love to Congress.
The Weekly Standard‘s Damiel Halper posts video of Robert Gibbs failing to explain why Obama lied about Libya.

Lefty Playbook
The Washington Post‘s EJ Dionne wants Obama to attack Republicans in general, not just Romney.
Talking Points Memo reports that Obama is trying to lower expectations for the debate.
The Washington Post‘s Sarah Kliff investigates whether acupuncture will be “essential health care” under Obamacare.

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