Adelsons push back on 'media double standard'
September 28th, 2012
04:33 PM ET
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Adelsons push back on 'media double standard'

(CNN) – Dr. Miriam Adelson, wife of Las Vegas casino magnate and billionaire Sheldon Adelson, is pushing back on what she calls "relentless" attacks from Democrats and Obama re-election campaign on her and her family, underscoring what she views as a bias in the media against conservatives.

Dr. Adelson penned an op-ed posted to the conservative-leaning Daily Caller's website Thursday pointing to her and her husband's political affiliations as reason for the attacks.

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"Too often there is a media double standard in our country based on situational ethics. The president's supporters are treated one way while those who might challenge his leadership are treated in another," she wrote.

The Adelson's have contributed generously to Republican candidates and causes this election cycle, famously bank rolling the super PAC backing former GOP candidate Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign throughout much of the Republican primary as well as attending Tampa's Republican National Convention in August.

Since Gingrich ended his bid for the White House in May, the wealthy couple has given their support to Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Together, they have given $36 million to various organizations and candidates this campaign season according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks the influence of money in politics. For his part, Sheldon Adelson, chairman and CEO of the Sands Corporation, has said he is willing to spend "whatever it takes" to ensure a Republican takes the White House in January.

Dr. Adelson's op-ed comes on the heels of a series of reports about court documents and federal investigations regarding her husband's casino chain's business practices in Las Vegas as well as in China.

"Those who currently chase after my family, who demonize us for our political positions, are acting on motives contrary to American values," wrote Dr. Adelson. "And those in the media who are collaborating with these people are also acting from the same wrong political motives. Indeed, they are feeding it with a media double standard – allowing for Democrats what is forbidden to Republicans."

Dr. Adelson adds however, "The ugly attacks – the damaging bad-mouthing by political partisans – will not deter us from our way."

While Adelson does not specifically spell out in the article the attacks facing her and her family, recently the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee issued an apology and retraction of a statement that linked the casino magnate to a "'Prostitution Strategy' in China" after Sheldon Adelson threatened a libel suit.

Sheldon Adelson expressed similar sentiments as his wife in an interview with Politico published Sunday pushing back against the reports and asserting that four more years of an Obama administration would bring government "vilification of people that were against him."

In the interview, Adelson pointed to the government as source for leaking information about federal investigations involving old events.

CNN's Dana Davidsen and CNN Senior Producer Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.


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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. jane

    @Borderless – God, I hope so! Hopefully, the majority of the ignorant, inexperienced teabaggers and religious hypocrites in the House will be shown the door and the President WILL have some flexibility when it comes to trying to govern this country, without daily and endless obstruction.

    September 28, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  2. Reggie from LA

    I wonder if Dr Adelson means like, that thing that Romney has been doing since the primaries. You know, instead of speaking to issues, Romney would turn on his heels and assault President Obama. Now Adelson is spending huge $$ on his bashmaster buddy, but he doesn't want to be bothered by the media. He's endorsed Romney and expects not to hear from anyone? If he wants to be left alone, maybe he shouldn't be trying to purchase elections...Dr!!

    September 29, 2012 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  3. mk1

    Steve, every time Soros contributes it is reported, at least I have seen it. He has committed around 2 million to the campaign, which yes, is a lot of money. It pales in comparison thought to the 100 million the Adelsons have committed, and it has been reported that the Koch brothers have spent and committed nearly that much as well. The right can whine all they want about Soros but they need to get real, who is spending the really big bucks on this campaign, and it is not on the Democratic side.

    September 29, 2012 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  4. amf140

    How about all the money that George Soros gives to the Left. And he gets his money by helping to collapse currencies. What a guy. Where's the media attention on him. I could just imagine if George Soros was a Conservative supporter.

    September 29, 2012 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  5. Karina

    GURGYL ,
    Typical Obama supporter , doesn't know any current affairs and facts.
    For your information , China is your banker and owns most of your debt.
    With your vitriolic drivel towards Romney one almost hopes that you will get another 4 years with Obama , he will take your country over the cliff.

    September 29, 2012 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  6. BOB

    well its looks like who ever gets to be president things will only get worst .if congress does not start working togetherfor the last 6 months nothing has gotton done. big money and banks and stock market run the world they tell you we the people have a say in what happens . we are headed down the hill no matter who you vote in none of them have the balls to stand up for america . we have been sold to the higes bider for the last 15 years . can not blame any one party they all have failed the american people

    September 29, 2012 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
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