Utah Media Bias Marches for Mitt, and NO ONE ELSE
OpEd’s by Ed Wallace – 02/21/2018
The last time I saw this level of fawning was back in 1964 when girls where screamin’ for the Beatles. Except, this is now, and about the media’s love-festival with Mitt Romney. They just can’t get enough of Romney.
Just the thought of him as a possible future candidate had them all in a dither. Will he, or won’t he? When will he announce? What will he say? They speculated for months in wonderment and anticipation.
And, then after he announced, the frenzy began. They published a lot of pictures of Mitt sitting in a chair. Mitt smiling. Mitt waving. Mitt thinking and pondering. Mitt laughing and talking on a phone. Mitt talking to the press. Mitt not talking at all. Mitt holding a baby and posing for selfies. Mitt looking at a cow, as if to say, Oh, your’re a cow. Granted, it was a really good-looking cow. Mitt posed with the cow for quite a while talking to people and answering questions.
My favorite pics are Mitt sitting in a tractor, then standing next to the big tractor wheel and actually touching the wheel. They took a pic of him touching a big wheel. Really, Mitt touched the really big wheel…. while wearing a spotless designer, Carhartt-like jacket, clean jeans and polished cowboy boots. I wonder how he got into the tractor… there aren’t any pics of that. I’m sure it was very graceful, though. I could go on and on and on and on, but you get the drift.
The tractor pics remind me of when Michael Dukakis posed in a tank, all dressed up like a soldier. And, John Kerry pretending to be a spaceman and his dorky pose with a gun. Not to be outdone, Elizabeth Warren sat on a hog. Perhaps the original modern-day poser was U.S. President Calvin Coolidge wearing a Native American Indian headdress in 1927. But my all-time favorite poser was when Obama Shot a Marshmallow Cannon.
And, then there are all the articles and television stories. All joking aside, this may be the most biased, one-sided, Utah Senatorial race in history. I mean, after all, there are other candidates in the race that declared before Mitt. So far, the democrats are running Mitchell Vice and Jenny Wilson.
Potential candidates include John Dougall, UT State Auditor, Deidre Henderson, State Senator, Jon Huntsman Jr., U.S. Ambassador to Russia, former U.S. Ambassador to China and former Governor of Utah, and Republican candidate for President of the United States in 2012, Mike Leavitt, former Governor, former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services and former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Dan Liljenquist, former State Senator and candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2012, Daniel McCay, State Representative, Sean Reyes, Utah Attorney General, Chris Stewart, U.S. Representative, and, Thomas Wright, Republican National Committeeman and former Chair of the Utah Republican Party.
We’ve heard hardy anything about any of them.
And then, there’s the other declared republican candidate that is actually rising in the polls,, Larry Meyers. Meyers is currently at 2.1% with very little mention from any of our media outlets. For instance:
Deseret News has published 11 recent Romney stories.The last time they mentioned Meyers was in 2002 when Meyers was “accused of violating a county zoning ordinance that would allow him to keep four large animals on his nearly two-acre lot.”
The SLTrib has done 11 articles recently about Romney. Some days, they’ve been posting hourly. In one, they mentioned that “Larry Meyers, a private attorney in St. George, will also bid for the seat.” That was in an article about Romney’s announcement.
KSL did 16 recent stories on Romney that included two mentions of Meyers
And, Good4utah did 14 recent stories on Romney. They last time they quoted Meyers was on Mar 22, 2015: “Cruz is an American patriot who stands for less government and more freedom. Sounds good to me.”
But, the Meyers campaign is fighting on. Meyers had 0% name recognition in 2017 and with only 5 weeks of campaigning, and virtually no media coverage, he has risen to over 2%.
In January, when Meyers first announced he was running, he sent a press release to all of Utah’s major media outlets. The only responses were from the Utah Standard News (yey), St. George News (boo), the Southern Utah Independent, and Channel 2 News in St. George. His recent press releases have been ignored. Though he was on file with the FEC and the Utah Republican Party as a candidate, nearly all the media stories failed to mention his candidacy. As the race has heated up, only a few reporters in Utah’s major media have taken the time to interview Meyers and report on his campaign: Brian Mullahy and DJ Bolerjack with Channel 2 News and Courtney Tanner from the Salt Lake Tribune. Conservative talk radio has been the best at covering his campaign and he has been interviewed on K-TALK radio by Jacob Hibbard, Lowell Nelson, Ben McClintock, and David Pyne.
Meyers stated: “I’m really not one to complain. Instead, I prefer to work a little harder and speak a little louder, knowing that as my campaign gains support across the state, media coverage will follow.”
Meyers has declared that he is going through the caucus-convention route instead of attempting to bypass the caucus like most other candidates. Larry Meyers is an attorney and a Constitutional conservative, and has served his community and the Republican party for decades.
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