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

    Another privaledged whiner. Unbelievable! It's like Ann Romney saying it's so hard on them running for president. Of course, it is. No one made you do it. If you think the attacks on you have been bad, think back to the stuff they said about Senator Obama and Michelle. Then she says we're "lucky" to have Mitt running for POTUS? Really? We all should be thankful someone of his wonderful talents is running? So he's doing us all a favor? Well, if that's the case, he can stop any time.

    And if these people want hard – try raising two kids in a tough neighborhood working 55 hours a week at minimum wage jobs with no benefits. Then come back and tell us how tough you have it.

    September 28, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    America got to be the most idiotic to elect Mitt Romney backed by buyer of Adultryson.... Nonsense. USA not for sale to this animal nor toChina. Obama12.

    September 28, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  3. a little sad

    cali girl

    You get what you pay for.

    September 28, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |

    Lord, I hope not.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    September 28, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. Eli

    36 million and they could not find a great charity to help. Im sure they have not spent that much on helping someone this year.

    September 28, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. Dennis1020

    "Bias in the media against conservatives?!?" And what does she have to say about Faux News' bias against anything and anyone moderate-liberal? What does she have to say about people and political commentators on Faux News who continue to question where President Obama was born. I can't wait until the morning of November 7th and the TeaBager wing of the Republican Party realizes they are in the minority and on the wrong side of history. They won't be able to blame the "liberal media"; the majority of Americans will have spoken.

    September 28, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  6. Babyboomer

    Can't blame folks for not liking people who try to buy elections. Conservatism has little or nothing to do with how people feel about the Adelsons and others like them...

    September 28, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  7. Concerned

    When you try to buy the US election, you are fair game for the press. What crybabies. You think you can try to buy the election and not be the subject of public scrutiny? BTW, I am never staying at the Venetian or any other property you own ever again. Just as you have the right to pour multiple millions towards buying the election, I have the right to make sure you are not using my money. Boycott the Venetian and the Palazzo!

    September 28, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  8. John Tidwell

    What would make someone spend 36 million dollars to win this election? Keeping in mind the vast majority of it was spent on a losing candidate! What is so important to you?
    Could you imagine what that amount of money would do to assist people in need? In your community?
    A gross exercise in the worst of humanity!

    September 28, 2012 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. Grahame Rhodes

    Oh sure just another 'Good Old Boy' and his ever so young mistress turned wife who want's to buy the election. If Romney were to win then the Adlesons would want something very large in return. 'Nothing is Free'

    September 28, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  10. walleye46

    With weirdo ULTRA conservatives like the Koch Bros and Adelson backing the GOP their days are numbered.

    September 28, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  11. Thomas

    Sheldon Adelson ,,

    Anybody who supported Newt is only in it for himself .
    I'm sure his wife loves her work , she's a doctor , whats her specialty ?

    September 28, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  12. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    You just WH=ISH there were the same double standards exist that the rich typically enjoy. You WANT Obama to roll over. What about the relentless attacks from Romney on Obama?!?! What about his relentless attacks on his PRIMARY opponents! He's a slimer and you know it. Worst yet, you contribute to it. So cry me a river about attacks...

    September 28, 2012 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  13. jeff

    This guy is the reason I won't vote for Romney. He's the money middle man to bribe the GOP into getting the US to fund Israel's war against Iran. We cannot afford to go to war with Iran. Bush blew that dough on Iraq.

    September 28, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  14. yasmine

    Ok Ms Converative.... it is freedom of speech...the citizen and media...have the right to express their feelings about you trying to buy the election..

    September 28, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  15. Harry A. Mitchell

    We are attacking an alleged criminal who is trying to buy the office of the President of the United States for Mittens Romney. Stop whining Dr. Adelson you poor woman!

    September 28, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  16. Romney Hood's a FRAUD

    Don't forget that Adelson is going to go to jail for bribing Chinese officials to get his casino built in their country.

    September 28, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  17. Ken

    So she thinks that trying to buy an election is an "American value"?

    September 28, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  18. Atasha

    THANK you Adelson family

    September 28, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  19. Harry A. Mitchell

    Poor woman! Would you put Shelden's schmekel in your mouth? It probably tastes like stale mazto, cigar ash and wet moldy $1,000 dollar bills. Ewww! Keep your schmekel to yourself Sheldon!

    September 28, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  20. Steve

    The Venitian in Las Vegas, what a joke. Only angry wives shop there. Values we can believe in for billionaires. And the Adelsons bought a supposedly vice free Romney.

    September 28, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  21. Amazing

    Why is that is ok for the Adelsons to attack others but they cry wolf when attacked? If you don't want to run with the big dogs, stay home. They have voiced their opinions and others are responding. They need to deal with it.

    September 28, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  22. Mr. Moderate

    Here's what concerns and angers so many of us. They have already spent $36 million and have said they will spend what ever it takes to put a Republican in the White House (if a Democrat leaning supporter has done the same, please let me know annd no Soros has not spent anywhere near this). Anyone who spends that kind of money is going to want a return on their investment. Adelson is a hard core Zionist so he is essentially betting that a Republican is more likely to make the US Israel's mercenary and attack Iran. Why he gets any more say in the country's affairs than I do is baffling and solely due to the fact he can throw away tens of millions.

    September 28, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  23. gabe

    Does you husband pay his share of taxes?

    September 28, 2012 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  24. roro

    36 million dollars – that could have been spent in so many other ways to benefit needy children, seniors, servicemen, veterans, education, medical research, etc..... Instead they spend it to control our government to benefit themselves so they can make even more money. How much money does one couple need? They are absolutely disgraceful human beings. Thanks, SCOTUS, for unleashing these creeps on all of us.

    September 28, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  25. Larry L

    Adelson's trophy wife is getting a little tarnish on the trophy... Her whimpering would be more believable had she provided some actual substance. They backed old Newt and then moved to Romney because he supported the right-wing agenda the ultra-rich need.

    September 28, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
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