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  • coltakashi Richland, WA
    June 4, 2012 2:29 a.m.

    Barack Obama had published two autobiographirs before actually accomplushing anything of significance for anyone besides himself. In his first book, he recounted years of using recreational drugs of various kinds for years of high school. Since he has never released his college and law school transcripts, we really have no idea what his academic achievement was. When you are buying drugs on a regular basis, you are giving money to criminals every week. His confessed activities as a young adult could have put him into jail if he had been arrested back then, and jeopardized his receiving a license to practice law. His actions were reckless and stupid.

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    June 3, 2012 7:36 p.m.

    If you don't think there's an anti-Romney/Republican bias in America's mainstream media, you've been watching TV and reading internet articles with your eyes closed.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    June 3, 2012 2:24 p.m.

    there is no story here

    has anyone ever heard of Pres Obama having a black father who was unable to get a birth certificate for his son? thousands of articles on that one, when there have been even hundreds on the bullying then there should be complaints.

    the real story was picked up in one of the responses to this article and noted that Mr. Romney's economic plan will increase the deficit in excess of 2 trillion.

    If there were votes to be had by saying he was a bully Romney would admit it.

    Neither Pres Obama nor Mitt will be able to accomplish anything with the current Congress, thus out of control spending will continue, each party blaming the other.

    Neither candidate has a plan that will effectively stem the callous spending or waste in government or bring jobs to the economy.

    I like Mr. Romney and what he stands for but I do not want to put him in the white house for that reason alone. If he wants my vote stop pandering, get a backbone and tell me how you will fix the finances, otherwise he is just another face on the campaign trail

  • LetsDebate PLEASANT GROVE, UT
    June 1, 2012 6:07 p.m.

    @OHBU - literally everything mentioned by you and dumprake came out from Fox News during the 2008 election, and was given brief passing mention, if at all, by other news outlets before being quickly dismissed as irrelevant or ridiculous. They successfully tagged everyone who worried about those things as kooks and racists, and mockingly shut down any dialogue. They sorely abandoned their role in vetting the candidates, except for Sarah Palin, who for some reason needed to demonstrate more qualifications as a VP candidate than Obama had to show as a potential President. Anyone who believes any Republican candidate would have fared as well with the media with a similarly empty resume, has drunk the Kook-Aid and completed the lobotomy.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    June 1, 2012 4:48 p.m.

    Yes I heard all the anti-Obama stuff in 2008 as well. And to say the media is all liberal and biased against Romney is wrong. Those of you living in a left vs right, republican vs democrat world aren't seeing what's going on.

    Ron Paul has been barely recognized or mentioned by the media this whole campaign yet he's taking over GOP states AND the attendance at his speeches (while he was still actively doing them) was much larger than at Romneys.

    Theory is Democrats, or liberals as some of you instantly think (just like all Atheists are communists, right?), own the media and know Romney can't beat Obama. They do fear Ron Paul however has he has the ability to convert and gain democrats, republicans, minorities, majorities, and even third party votes. By keeping him out they can ensure defeating Romney.

  • OHBU Columbus, OH
    June 1, 2012 1:37 p.m.

    re: dumpdrake

    Were you here for the 2008 election? Literally everything you mentioned came out during the election. Obama was accused of "paling around with terrorists" (remember that one from former VP candidate Palin?), and a litany of other things. Do you not remember McCain's rallies spiraling out of control? (Old lady: "He, he's a Arab!"). To say he was given a pass is patently false. Like Romney, he was subjected to both a bitter primary battle, and a nasty general election campaign.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    June 1, 2012 1:18 p.m.

    firstamendment said:
    The media is claerly biased against Mitt Romney. How many times has anyone mentioned Obama's bullying; his lying (about almost EVERYTHING-RANGING from his religion and the economy to misslies, genocide, and declaring war) and so on and so on and so on......and, the stories they tell about Mitt are typically fabricated, embelished, untrue and so on (the hair cutting story for example).

    Bullying, please enlighten me I did miss that article?
    Lying about his religion, No, that was the republican bias media that told you he was a muslim.
    Genocide, Really I'm gunna need a reference here too?
    Declaring War? when was that?

    Mitt Did bully that kid, just not according to right wing spinmasters who don't understand heresay vs eyewitnesses.

    Seem like the truth eludes you at every turn.
    Good Luck!

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    June 1, 2012 1:12 p.m.

    Like the supporters of Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, or Santorum have no axe to grind...no score to settle...no chip of their shoulders.

    I'm sure they just went quietly away.

    I'm sure ther are the very 1st one's out smiling, cheering, and waving the Mitt Romney for President signs and banners.

    I'm sure they had nothing to do with it then,
    and don't have anything to do with it now.

    Give me a break.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    June 1, 2012 1:10 p.m.

    Ironhide SAID: "Why are people commenting on Romney being a bully and leading posse's of horror when the parents of the proposed victim refuted the story and stated it's not true? Pull your heads out and comprehend what you're reading! Good grief, these comments prove that no matter what the facts are, people will block out what they want and conclude whatever satisfies their leanings."

    The incident was recalled similarly by five students, who gave their accounts independently of one another. Four of them — Friedemann, now a dentist; Phillip Maxwell, a lawyer; Thomas Buford, a retired prosecutor; and David Seed, a retired principal — spoke on the record. Another former student who witnessed the incident asked not to be identified.

    So 5 eyewitnesses give the same story independently, but the parents who were NOT there don't remember it, so that's your proof it never happened. Ever heard of heresy vs. eyewitness? talk about blocking out what you want and concluding whatever satisfies your leanings."

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    June 1, 2012 12:55 p.m.

    Media bias against the right in favor of the left? I thought this was a newspaper. Media bias against the right is not news, it is common knowledge!

    Williary,
    I guess you didn’t bother to read the article; it was not Fox. But hey, if they are your favorite, and only, foil, go ahead and rant away.

  • Ironhide Salt Lake City, UT
    June 1, 2012 12:39 p.m.

    Why are people commenting on Romney being a bully and leading posse's of horror when the parents of the proposed victim refuted the story and stated it's not true? Pull your heads out and comprehend what you're reading! Good grief, these comments prove that no matter what the facts are, people will block out what they want and conclude whatever satisfies their leanings. I'm not even a republican. I just get weary of misinformation being perpetuated by biased emotional readers

  • firstamendment Lehi, UT
    June 1, 2012 12:33 p.m.

    The media is claerly biased against Mitt Romney. How many times has anyone mentioned Obama's bullying; his lying (about almost EVERYTHING-RANGING from his religion and the economy to misslies, genocide, and declaring war) and so on and so on and so on......and, the stories they tell about Mitt are typically fabricated, embelished, untrue and so on (the hair cutting story for example).

    And, his biggest supporters (the liberal activists, who write the articles and comment on the articles, many of whom have been hanging out here there and everywhere for a long time promoting anti-religious bigotry) are also clearly dishonest. Apparently this is what the left has to offer.

  • DonO Draper, UT
    June 1, 2012 12:30 p.m.

    The Times and the Post denying a left-leaning pro-Obama bias is like an astronomer denying the sun came up this morning. They may protest all they wish but Politico has this one spot on.

  • dumprake Washington, UT
    June 1, 2012 12:21 p.m.

    To wit, Obama was given a complete pass during the 2008 campaign, nobody, and I mean nobody, dug into Obama's past, his philosophy, his associations with radicals, nor his 20 year coziness with Reverend Wright. That stuff all came out, conveniently, after the election. And nobody discovered that Obama is a born again Marxists, and intends on killing capitalism and replacing it with a Marxist economy--"please, please, just give me 4 more years, and I'll transform America into the gulag." I am so disgusted with the press I could spit. They are completely untrustworthy, politicized, and shallow. None of them are worth a plug nickel.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    June 1, 2012 12:13 p.m.

    There aren't any pro romney biases in the media, are there? Not even here?

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    June 1, 2012 12:01 p.m.

    @Esquire
    Springville, UT
    "I read Politico almost every week, and I have long considered it to tilt Republican. It's not as bad, though, as the Romney campaign newspaper we are reading here."

    I agree. I've learned that every paper is biased in some fashion. Whether its at the corporate level or from the reporters. The DNews is probably the most biased and heavily slanted paper I've ever come across. It's up there with Huffington Post in my eyes.

    I'm conservative and republican when it comes to money. I'm socially and civilly liberal. I look for unbiased, objective reporting when I can find it.

    I do find humor in how hard this paper pushes Romney, porn is the devil, and other questionable issues down it's readers throats though. Some of it is rather ridiculous. Some of it, like the unofficial endorsement of Romney (from the paper and the church) is blatantly obvious.

  • IMAN Marlborough, MA
    June 1, 2012 11:37 a.m.

    Ah the " Main Stream media controlled by Liberal,Leftist, Socialist, Democrats conspiracy theory." Now that's original. And nothing about the theory or the people that buy into it seems out of touch with reality.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    June 1, 2012 11:36 a.m.

    This is rich. Romney's campaign has been one of the most negative, "anti-" campaigns in recent memory. And now the Romney media is trying to sling the muddy accusation that all the other media is "anti-Romney!?

  • AZRods Maricopa, AZ
    June 1, 2012 11:26 a.m.

    Furry, try considering that what you read from your approved sources may actually be biased. Scary thought, I know.
    So when you say that printing the "truth" about Romney is justified then you have to ask who said it was true or could they be stretching things a bit.
    And if Some of Obama's history has to be brought up again during this election, then so be it.
    They're going back 50 years on Romney!
    They did it with Romney during the last election, though what they are coming up with now is pretty pitiful if you ask me.
    Those complaining that the DN gives a lot of positive space to Romney most assuredly don't complain in the SL Tribune for it's daily bashing of him. So what does that say about the critic? Pretty obvious.

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    June 1, 2012 11:22 a.m.

    WACPaddingOurSchedule:"Great talking points Blue. That's a perfect example of how the left and media distort things."

    Really?

    Mitt _doesn't_ pay a far lower tax rate in his income than middle class Americans?

    He _didn't_ offer a $10,000 bet to Rick Perry during a debate?

    He _doesn't_ have off-shore tax shelters?

    But, ultimately, Roland Kaysen nailed it - we in fact are allowing ourselves to be distracted.

    Romney's budget proposals will baloon the debt, not reduce it. Romney's proposals involve gutting programs for the poor, children, and the elderly, and will accelerate the deterioration of our already crumblilng national infrastructure, all in order to keep billions of tax dollars flowing to defense contractors maintain tax breaks for oil companies and private jet owners.

    You can dismiss those as "talking points," but that doesn't change the fact that those points are true.

  • georgeman Kearns, UT
    June 1, 2012 11:21 a.m.

    The media is corrupt with bias in both directions. My wife wrote a college paper on this two months ago and it was shocking. She took the same news stories about both Mitt Romney and President Obama and then compared how they were reported from different media outlets. Some put a spin on the stories in favor of Repubs. and other in favor of Dems. and they were consistent in their bias for every story.

    If you are going to get all your inforamtion from the media, beware that you will get it with a heavy bias. If you stick to just one media source, you are probably more likely to be swayed in your own opinions.

    BTW, the LEAST bias reporting came from CBS although it still had some stories that leaned a bit in one direction. The most bias reporting came from NBC/MSNBC and FOX.

  • The Final Word Alpine, UT
    June 1, 2012 11:17 a.m.

    Why is this news?

    Of course their is anti-Romney bias.

    1. He is a Mormon.

    2. He is a Republican

    That is about all you need to know in order to realize their will be huge anti-Romney bias.

    Its the same every election.

    Between 80 and 80% of the press declare themselves as liberal democrats. Oh yes, and we all know they are objective in everything they report (wink wink).

    Hardly news at all but rather old established news/fact.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    June 1, 2012 10:19 a.m.

    I read Politico almost every week, and I have long considered it to tilt Republican. It's not as bad, though, as the Romney campaign newspaper we are reading here.

  • iron&clay RIVERTON, UT
    June 1, 2012 10:18 a.m.

    Mitt Romney revealed to the media that Obama is a crony capitalist with his executive friends at Solyndra taking huge bonuses out of the taxpayer working capital as the company went bankrupt.

    Wheres the headline story on this at the Deseret News?

    Marxist big government theorists such as Obama are loved by crony capitalists since the note on the national debt is owned by the ultimate monopoly of crony capitalists, the banking dynasty of Europe that owns the Federal Reserve.

  • WACPaddingOurSchedule pocatello, ID
    June 1, 2012 10:14 a.m.

    Blue
    Salt Lake City, UT
    To equate smoking marijuana in college with leading an assault on a gay kid while in high school is beyond belief.

    If you have six-figure hobbies, off-shore tax shelters, personal car elevators, make $10,000 bets, and pay an effective tax rate that is far lower than most Americans, while telling us you know how to identify with average middle class Americans, you are exhibiting a level of cluelessness and hypocrisy that is in fact highly newsworthy.

    --

    Great talking points Blue. That's a perfect example of how the left and media distort things.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    June 1, 2012 10:12 a.m.

    The Washington Post TRIED at a 'story' that happened 50 years ago, hoping something would stick to Romney. It turns out the family of the guy he 'bullied' said it never happened.

    Then the L.A. Times TRIED at a story about Ann Romney and her expensive horse-riding habit. It went nowhere.

    Then the New York Times delved back 150 years ago to the Mountain Meadows Massacre in an effort to 'examine' Romney's religion.

    The point is that if these major news outlets are having to dig and scratch for such ridiculous stories, Mitt Romney must be pretty clean. At the same time they try to find anything they can on Romney, there is a whole mountain of material to be examined on Obama. He is the first president who admitted to using Cocaine. It's in his book. He has been involved in questionable real estate dealings with Tony Rezko. We still don't know the extent of his involvement with the hate-monger Jeremiah Wright.

    And the old media wonders why it's dying.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 1, 2012 10:07 a.m.

    I don't care if Anne Romney rides expensive horses, and I don't care if President Obama smoked pot in college. Let's talk about Romney's tax plan which almost every economist says will increase the deficit. Let's talk about Obama's drone war, which many foreign policy experts say is creating more terrorists than it kills.

    Our elections are rarely about anything that matters, this is why.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    June 1, 2012 10:04 a.m.

    The media is biased. Which is why CNN is losing viewers in some cases 50% on some shows. Along with newspapers losing readers, that is why Oprah's show is going down the drain etc.

    We're not interested in fluff. We want accurate and real information, not what some editor or writer thinks we should know and help us to make up our minds.

    We can think without you and we don't need the media. There are plenty of other outlets and ways for us to communicate without the networks.

    If I want fluff I would go to the white house web page or listen to the spokesperson for the candidate.

    It's interesting that the media has a lower approval rating than of congress or even of President Bush that they berated. Yet they never show that number to the people. Why not? Why not tell the people that they are disgusted with Bush, but, even more disgusted with the program they are getting that information from?

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    June 1, 2012 9:58 a.m.

    To equate smoking marijuana in college with leading an assault on a gay kid while in high school is beyond belief.

    If you have six-figure hobbies, off-shore tax shelters, personal car elevators, make $10,000 bets, and pay an effective tax rate that is far lower than most Americans, while telling us you know how to identify with average middle class Americans, you are exhibiting a level of cluelessness and hypocrisy that is in fact highly newsworthy.

  • Diligent Dave Logan, UT
    June 1, 2012 9:51 a.m.

    The Deseret News itself swings between pandering to Romney and dissing him as much, sometimes worse, than media throughout the nation. The DesNews appears to be schizophrenic. The strong anti-conservative liberal bias typical of most media comes out in the DesNews. It is much like the liberal thread of show hosts over at KSL. One need not suppose because both organs are owned by the LDS Church that there are not a lot of strongly liberal leaning personnel in both organizations. Quite to the contrary.

    With the SLTrib, one expects them to typically be anti-Mormon, and anti-Republican. But even they will surprise with their own pro-LDS and pro-conservative suck up stories to conservative LDS readers.

    And, I would not call the average, then, of DesNews stories to be balanced. Cutting the baby in half and slapping it back together again, and repeating this process, does not bode well from the baby.

    Of course, some of the bias appears at times mostly in the headlines. So the headline writer/s show their schizophrenic swings, between pandering and slamming.

  • williary Kearns, UT
    June 1, 2012 9:30 a.m.

    Everyone grab your tin foil hat, lock the doors, close the blinds, and turn on Fox News, the only real unbiased news source on Earth. The evil Liberal media is coming, the evil Liberal media is coming!

    Just more whinning from the Repubs. I think just about every voter in the country knows who the President is. They've made their evaluations about him, no need to get into the misinformation that has shaped those evaluations. It's Mitt Romney that voters need to know. He's the "new" guy, only natural to see more stories about him.

    I don't recall any of these whiners speaking up when ever day brought out a new story on candidate Obama, while we rarely heard anything about McCain, the guy who had been around for decades. Then once the Palin mess showed up, more whinning about the vetting of her, who no one had ever heard of.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    June 1, 2012 9:26 a.m.

    I agree with John. It matters more to me that Mitt held a boy down and cut his hair off for being "different" and then refuses to acknowledge it (when his fellow tormentors do) than it does that President Obama (admittedly) smoked marijuana in college. I guess it's because I tried marijuana in high school, but never led a posse to chop a kids hair off for looking different. And I have a hard time understanding the mindset of a person who would do something like the latter and then not have the courage to own up to it. If both stories are true, is there anyone out there who disagrees with this and thinks the bullying thing is okay, but the marijuana thing is just way too much to handle? If so, I would like to respectfully tell you to seek help.

  • John20000 Cedar Hills, UT
    June 1, 2012 9:08 a.m.

    Whatever sells newspapers will be on the front page. It appears Romney being a bully as a minor is more shocking than Obama smoking marijuana in college. And frankly, I agree. It is more shocking.

  • Mark l SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    June 1, 2012 9:06 a.m.

    Apparently it is pretty difficult to find anything to discredit Romney. The Democrats are probably spending millions investigating his past looking for anything that could possibly be used against him. I wonder what they are finding out that they don't publish that makes Romney look good?

  • 4Shore Farmington, Utah
    June 1, 2012 9:05 a.m.

    Case in point to why the media is a waste to our society. He who is without sin, cast the first stone (i.e. every person has dirt, especially as a kid). Yes, lets base everything Mitt Romney is as a person on something he did some 30 years ago. Does anyone else see something wrong with this? How about we focus on the person he is today and not who he was as a kid.

  • EW HENRIETTA, NY
    June 1, 2012 8:52 a.m.

    If the national media has covered Obama so well, why are we only learning now about his connection in Chicago (thanks to Breitbart) and other things published in books about Obama? If there wasn't a bias, we would have seen the media microscopically dissect Obama's past as they have Romney's.

  • JustTheTruthMan bountiful, ut
    June 1, 2012 8:48 a.m.

    The point is that the truth about both candidates should be covered with equal treatment. Whether or not the marijuana use was mentioned in 2007 or not it resurfaced and should have been on the same page as the whoopty doo 'bullying'. The point is also that the liberal media does play unfair and unbalanced favorites with the Democratic party. How this can be with all the destruction of our country is indeed a mystery.

  • Jac0m Provo, UT
    June 1, 2012 8:40 a.m.

    All journalism is business. Whether they lean left or lean right, it comes down to the fact that it's business. Both sides are seemingly becoming more like a gossip page, presenting "SCANDAL" on it's front page, whether it is reporting a non-issue story of a woman riding horses or a very real issue of media coverage bias.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 1, 2012 8:35 a.m.

    Anyone can see this is true. This is where Pagen gets his quotes.

    The Washington Post had an eleven page article of Mitt bullying a boy in high school, which the parents said was not true.

    Then there were the steel mill lay-offs which occurred two years after Romney left.

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    June 1, 2012 8:32 a.m.

    Why is telling the truth about Romney an "anti-Romney" bias. Should the media just gloss over his defects and paint a rosy picture of him? They wouldn't be doing their job if they did that.

  • OHBU Columbus, OH
    June 1, 2012 8:31 a.m.

    Why would Obama's marijuana experimentation make front page news? We already learned about it and went over it in 2007. In other words, it's not news, its olds.