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A Further Thought on the Media

"Have you ever noticed the media's dirty trick about multimillionaires in politics? If you're a Democrat named Kennedy or Rockefeller, who inherited millions or have a habit of marrying women with millions (think John Kerry), or made your millions chasing ambulances (Edwards), it couldn't possibly put a wrinkle in your populist image. As long as you favor every redistributionist scheme that the Ivy League economists can muster, your riches aren't disqualifying. They can even add glamour to your aura.

"But if you're a Republican with a gleam in your eye toward tax cuts and deregulation, then it doesn't matter whether you're Old Money or New Money or No Money. You will be deemed an "economic royalist" as Franklin Roosevelt put it.

"When ABC anchor Diane Sawyer interviewed Mitt Romney on April 17, 2012, she casually announced "the Obama campaign is working overtime to paint the portrait of a man whose riches have put him out of touch." She then offered Romney the Obama spin: "The speaking fees, the Cadillacs, the story out now that there's an elevator for your cars in the new house you're planning in La Jolla. Are you too rich to relate?"

"There's an obvious answer that Romney did not give, "Diane, you make $12 million a year. The ritzy Manhattan penthouse, the wealthy movie director husband, the estate on Martha's Vineyard. Does that make you too rich and elitist to relate to your audience?"

~ L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, "Collusion: How the Media Stole the 2012 Election and How to Stop Them from Doing it in 2016," pages 79-80

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