Media Bias Test: Will they Report North Carolina is Not a Battleground?

Advocates for Obama masquerading as independent journalists are quick ti flip any state possible in favor of President Obama and away from Mitt Romney. You saw that earlier this week when NBC flipped Iowa out of the toss-up category and into lean Obama based solely off wholly biased polls and “what they were hearing on the ground” — most likely from the Obama campaign.

What is now filtering through the press is Obama’s latest Ad buy. Here is Jeremy Peters of the New York Times tweeting out the details:

Colorado, New Hampshire, Florida, Ohio, Iowa and Nevada — all respectable Battlegrounds, including the absurdly “lean Obama” state of Iowa. But one alleged Battleground State is missing: North Carolina.

The Romney campaign went public that Team Obama was making a stealth withdraw from the state. North Carolina was none of the top 10 ad markets this week (sorry for not blogging that) and likely hasn’t been for weeks (NBC sat on the data and wouldn’t make it public — I asked). And Obama doesn’t campaign there or even Joe Biden, although he may think he did.

Now Obama is making his plays for the true Battlegrounds and there is no North Carolina. This is unquestionably not being contested and is a Romney state. The media has a hair trigger flipping any state in favor of Obama. I hit Jeremy Peters (New York Times), Major Garrett (National Journal) and Chuck Todd (NBC) about the missing North Carolina.  Let’s see how long it takes the media to concede North Carolina is not a Battleground now that the Obama campaign has.  My guess is at most they will painstakingly allude to the missing North Carolina but refuse to move the state out of toss-up category — and that’s at best.

11 Comments

  1. John Fisher
    Posted September 27, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I’m certain the spin will be that Obama’s campaign believes it has now inked NC based on a show of hands.

  2. Pete
    Posted September 27, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Wisconsin?

    • Posted September 27, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Wisconsin is already #1 this week in ad buys. Team Obama is already saturating that market per the link in the post as well as the new post above it. So no need to double down on a state they were already saturating in this new wave of ad buys.

  3. margaret
    Posted September 27, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Permalink | Reply

    The Democrat convention was in NC and the Democrats spent millions there in order to get that state…and lost it.
    NC absentee ballot returns by party affiliation is another leading indicator that Republicans are very enthusiastic about voting and the Democrats are not. The gap between Dem ballots and Rep ballots keeps growing.

  4. WillBest
    Posted September 27, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Joe Biden is supposed to make an appearance in NC next week

    http://www.sacbee.com/2012/09/26/4857572/vice-president-joe-biden-to-return.html

    • Posted September 27, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Permalink | Reply

      They’re going to tell Joe he is in North Carolina but he’s really going to in Southern Virginia.

  5. Mike
    Posted September 27, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Mark my words: I will be really surprise if Romney don’t take NC by at least 53% to 45%. Their base is demoralize with the same sex-married remember? The State Dem party is in desarrey, a failed Governor, and the Young base DEM from the liberal colleges can’t find any jobs…….So you all get my point………Oh by the way, I know a lot DEMOCRATS that are not going to vote for this EMPTY SUIT in this election.

  6. Craig
    Posted September 27, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Permalink | Reply

    The last 4 or 5 polls, including one today, show Obama ahead in North Carolina.

  7. Mike
    Posted September 27, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Margaret, some of those DEMOCRATS voting already with absentee ballots are voting for Romney. I know for a fact, two of them just leave across the street from me.

  8. Mike
    Posted September 27, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Craig, the using demogrphics to alter and SKEW the polls, NC is SAFE romney you can take that to the bank………

  9. MEE
    Posted September 29, 2012 at 4:01 am | Permalink | Reply

    This link here shows that both campaigns have spent $ in NC consistently: http://www.nationaljournal.com/hotline/ad-spending-in-presidential-battleground-states-20120620

    Regardless has Romney withdrawn $ from that state too, it appears both are going to continue to spend there even if no individual NC market is in the national top 10. Regardless of the whole skewed versus un skewed polling position one takes it doesn’t make much sense that either side could possibly feel the NC is completely decided one way or the other. Even if you “unskew” the past 5 polls that have Obama ahead in NC its still not enough that I would think Romney could feel that its in the bag. Biden is going there next week and Michelle spoke there twice this week: http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/politics&id=8826349. Romney may very well win NC, but it doesn’t appear to me at least that either side has withdrawn stealthily or otherwise or feels that NC is in the bag. In fact the lack of spending as shown here (same link as above) http://www.nationaljournal.com/hotline/ad-spending-in-presidential-battleground-states-20120620 for Pennsylvania, Michigan, New Mexico, and Minnesota seems to suggest that Romney has conceded those states. Course the recent spending activity it shows in Wisconsin tells another story that suggests Obama has moved from considering that state to be sewn up to one that is now competitive. I personally think rather than worrying so much about poll interpretation following the $ tells you a lot about the state of the race. The true swing states are the states where the campaigns are spending $ and time.

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