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

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. rs

    Oh, I dunno, publicly committing to spend $100 million to buy the election, I think you get what you have coming.

    September 28, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. ddblah

    Hey, try $100 billion on media. That will change things.

    September 28, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. Pete

    Isn't it Adelson being investigated for giving a corrupt lawyer in Macao,China money,isn't that aiding corruption.O yah what goes in China stays in China right or is that Vegas,got mixed up on the place crooks hang out!!Isn't Adelson having Macao mafia types running his Chinese casinos,that's it isn't it with Chinas governments help!!Romney will definitly be in debt to him right or need all his Mormon power undies to get away from Adelsons boys,not a great group of guys to hang out with I bet!!

    September 28, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. Steve- Illinois

    rs, unless your name is Soros, then your contributions barely get noticed, and seldom, if ever, is there any mention of your affiliations to a Brazilian oil company that was handed billions by the U.S. government, so we could become their "best customer."

    September 28, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    Mr. Adelson needs to stop funnelling his foreign money into our elections. On another note, I've got Rep. Scott Riggell coming to my office on Monday. As if Mondays weren't bad enough already.

    September 28, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Dan

    Americans safety and security should not be sold to the highest bidder.

    That's why our founders supported freedom of speech, not freedom for money to buy elections.

    September 28, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain: Hey networks, fact-check the debates in real-time and put it in the crawl!

    If you don't like the heat, Baby, get out of the kitchen! You and your hubby are trying to BUY this presidential election. Getting push back may not be what you're used to, but deal with it. PERIOD.

    September 28, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain: Hey networks, fact-check the debates in real-time and put it in the crawl!

    This, from a woman whose husband has made his billions from gambling, a sucker's game if there ever was one.

    You two have the morality of a rock ...

    September 28, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    Let's see...she an addiction expert married to a person who builds casinos, where gambling, an addiction, is the means that provides her with the billionaire's lifestyle she enjoys....talk about compartmentalization.

    September 28, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. Virginia

    I hope you lose all the money you have spent trying to BUY the election. Some things are just not for sale!

    September 28, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. jv

    "The president's supporters are treated one way while those who might challenge his leadership are treated in another"

    Duh! Aren't you treating this president different than you would if he were Republican? Doesn't Fox do the same? You are supporters of the man, and the party, who is trying to make him a "one term president"....what do you expect, Dr?

    September 28, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. 1crusader

    This is just more whining from the right.The real double standard is in the facts that they control talk radio, morning,noon, and night;have an entire news channel that doesn't even try to be fair and balanced to the president and Democrats.Some of the richest people in the country give to their candidates; and they have run smear campaigns, and voter suppression drives against the president.Adelson"s dealings are fair game.He has been under federal investigation, has had questionable dealings, and is pouring millions of dollars into Mitt Romney's campaign, who wants to sit in the oval office.He should be investigated, and the public should know about it.The Romneys act no better.Romney has millions of dollars offshore in bak accounts across the globe, and he won't even disclose his assets and business dealings.Give me a break !

    September 28, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. Vote for Seamus, elect Kolob's next dog catcher

    That big bad liberal media owned by Republicans, conspiring against the country and her.
    The Republican whining drones on.

    September 28, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  14. thetruthandnothingbutthetruth

    all i know is that you won't see me at the Venetian or Palazzo again!

    September 28, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    Waaah? Who freekin cares? Quick, someone grab princess a gold-leaf tissue so she can dry her tears.

    September 28, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. llydapdicter

    And all the posts on here show that all the libs don't care about how much media bias is in this election. Every time bush stu stu stuttered on-air, he was made to look like a fool. But when Obama stu stu stu stuuu stutters, he is "thinking" a grand plan to help everyone!

    September 28, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. sarge

    I think the Adelson's have a double standards when they deal with li'l old paranoid me...

    September 28, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  18. cali girl

    You get what you pay for.

    September 28, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  19. georgethegreat28

    What's more important than this story is that lyin ryan is a stand in for grover on the muppets remember V is for vice president which u will never be

    September 28, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  20. jk in MN

    Sorry Mrs A – I don't feel it. It's not right for one person to "invest" that much money in candidates. It makes me ask, What you tryin to buy?

    September 28, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. Lisa P

    That's the problem with free speech - people without money have it too.

    September 28, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. Dan Halen

    Casino owners/operators. Now there's some good ole American Family Values.

    September 28, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  23. Borderless

    "After this election, I will have a lot more flexibility." –President Obama

    September 28, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. sayer

    Money can't buy everything, Shel.

    September 28, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  25. Larry in Houston

    pitiful pic – in that photo, it reminds me of hugh hefner & one of his many girlfriends, 60 years younger than he was.
    How could a gal ever go with an 'ol coot like that – I'll never know. Oh well, money can buy anything, they say.
    Vote Democrat – 2012

    September 28, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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