Ryan notes campaign ‘missteps,’ claims media bias
September 30th, 2012
11:27 AM ET
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Ryan notes campaign ‘missteps,’ claims media bias

(CNN) – GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan acknowledged the Republican campaign's "missteps" on Sunday, calling Mitt Romney’s now-notorious “47%” comments “inarticulate,” while still defending the crux of his running mate’s argument.

Ryan also took the media to task for what he called bias against conservatives.

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Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Ryan said his running mate’s controversial comments were "an inarticulate way to describe what we’re trying to do to create prosperity and upward mobility, and reduce dependency by getting people off welfare, back to work.”

“We've had some missteps," said Ryan, also noting many conservatives' concerns that the campaign is failing to project a clear message to voters. "But at the end of the day, the choice is really clear, and we're giving people a very clear choice."

Romney made the candid "47%" remarks to a group of wealthy donors at a private fund-raiser caught on a secretly recorded video in May. The video was posted online by a left-leaning news organization earlier in September, sparking a firestorm of criticism from both sides of the aisle. Among other hotly contested remarks, the Republican nominee said nearly half of Americans will automatically vote for the president because they are dependent on government and consider themselves “victims.”

Ryan noted that Romney had conceded the lack of "eloquence" in his choice of words, though Ryan also picked up on the argument, blaming Obama for a sluggish economy and what the GOP campaign bills as policies that foster dependency on government.

Ryan also accused the media of having a liberal disposition.

“I think it kind of goes without saying that there's definitely a media bias. We've - look, I'm a conservative person, I'm used to media bias. We expected media bias going into this,” said Ryan.

Asked to cite a specific example of media bias, Ryan demurred, instead asserting that most people who work in the media have liberal political affiliations and, therefore, would want a president who is a Democrat to win.

“I'm not going to go into a tit-for-tat or litigate this thing,” said Ryan. “But as a conservative, I've long believed and long felt that there is inherent media bias. And I think anybody with objectivity would believe that that's the case.”

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soundoff (243 Responses)
  1. jhonnydubb

    I have been in the media (print and broadcast) for more than 30 years and in my opinion, anyohne who thinks there isn't a media bias in general toward democrats and even more so toward obama in particular has their head in the sand or is denying it as a matter of course.....

    September 30, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. DJ Reality

    So Ryan thinks there have been "missteps" and that coming from a guy that has been walking back half of what he says. We I don't know about media bias but, Romney/Ryan Gaff Express just keeps chugging along. The right wing republican party is so out of touch and miss guided I just don't think it is relevant any more.

    September 30, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. james J

    media bias, how about cnn talking about some goofy 47% comment over and over and over while the us was attacked on 9/11


    and cnn all but ignores it as the terrorist attack it clearly is. somethng any thinking person would think is far more important than some goofy comment at a fundraiser

    why is that?

    September 30, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. John

    Ryan is correct about one thing. There is a clear choice. Unfortunately for him (and fortunately for the country) many people have recognized it.

    September 30, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. Steve, San Diego, CA

    For some reason this guy reminds me of Norman Bates in Psycho...

    September 30, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. Blf83

    mitt and Ryan are losing – at their own hands. What more is there to say?

    September 30, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. Kareen

    Don't blame the media Ryan. It's all on you and your lies.

    September 30, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. riabm60

    If Romney / Ryan can not explain their plan and math, they should have no business running for office.
    Could it be the Koch brothers idea of misleading the American people ?

    September 30, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. Michael Dineen

    We all know that Fox news is the brain child of Murdock and Ailes so that they are the news channel of the right, no other main stream news outlet is associated with any particular party. I personally think CNN covers more of the Republican speeches and campaign stops than it does of the Democrats when was the last time we saw Vice President Biden talk on air as long as his Republican challenger does. I see more of Romney/Ryan on their news cycles than Barack/Biden its almost like a free commercial.

    September 30, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. Katie

    Again Romney/Ryan can't give specifics to anything. The reporter asked him to provide an instance of media bias and this fool's answer was he didn't want to go tic for tat......Stop crying man and give specifics!

    September 30, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. factsmatter

    I'm so tired of the Republicans complaining about the "liberal media". The media isn't liberal or conservative – it is reactionary and it reacts to train wrecks – like your campaign.

    September 30, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. Andrew

    The media are owned by the right wing, tool. God, you're an idiot, Ryan.

    September 30, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. Dan

    Sorry Ryan.Can't blame the media on this one.You are a far right tea partier.Romney has no political convictions as evidenced by his constant flip-flopping.Hence the Republican ticket that you represent is losing in all the polls.Facts are that currently the majority of Americans agree more with Obama than with you and Romney.

    September 30, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  14. Leonore H. Dvorkin

    I expect Mittens to fall apart. This is going to be fun to watch. Also, as one person commented above, the vast majority of people have already made up their minds, and some have already voted, so the debates are not going to change very much. Still, I will tune in to listen and to watch Obama make hash of Mittens. Obama/Biden 2012!

    September 30, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  15. harry

    st you got it right,and Jay is right to if fox is fair and balanced i'm a monkeys uncle

    September 30, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  16. Kathryn

    He should have cited specific examples of media bias, particularly on this site. Begin with this article. Ryan had much to say when he spoke at this event but what does this article focus on? A negative Romney sentence. Has CNN asked the question about the inaccurate information we are getting from the White House on the Libya killings? Has the liberal media decided to ignore the higher-than-ever-before decifit, the sky-rocketing gas prices and the international relations that are crumbling before our own eyes? And have they also decided not to notice the high unemployment, more people receiving welfare than ever before and racist comments by Joe Biden? Instead they focus on one video shot at a private fundraising event of Mitt Romney. If the news media would stay out of the political game, just report the current state of affairs, we may be in a much better state. I continue to come to CNN only to notice the bias; and find myself elsewhere for the actual news.

    September 30, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. Dave

    Bias against Conservatives? BWAHAHAHAHAHA. No, a bias against stupidity is more like it. You ad your 3 hour marathon got it kickstarted.

    September 30, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. Paul

    Yeah, yeah, lamestream media, liberal bias, elitist education, no global warming, apple pie, baseball, government in your bedroom, etc. Man, these guys need new talking points. Just choose from somewhere in Mitt's past, because he's been solidly for and against every political issue.

    September 30, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. enuff

    Why is it a media bias for reporting the candidates own stupidity? Gotta blame it on somebody, I guess. Talk about playing the victim and not taking personal reponsibility...

    September 30, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. Tony

    Ah, the irony. Romney is running on competence, yet he is running an incompetent campaign.

    September 30, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  21. PikeRover

    Darn Paul, Never blame the message just the messenger.

    September 30, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  22. GrampaSez

    I am the 30th comment. The FIRST 29 were anti-fox or anti-Romney. I'm betting my comment goes int "arbitration"...

    September 30, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. Alaskatrailrunner

    Media bias? Or common sense? Why can't conservatives concede, ever, that their ideas are often wrong, and therefore fodder for the media? The inability of GOP candidates to humble themselves to admit their mistakes forces the media (and all thinking individuals) to point out the errors in their thinking.

    September 30, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  24. Rick McDaniel

    80% of the media has literally become, a Democratic Party propagandist network.

    Only one network is remotely neutral, and that is PBS. One network supports the Republicans, and they have become the voice of the opposition, to the Democratic Party dictatorship.

    All other networks, are under the control of the Democratic Party, and they have become propagandist.........telling lies, slanting the news to favor the Democrats, and covering up events and facts unfavorable to the Democrats.

    This is the worst, I have seen the media, in my lifetime. We are truly on the verge of becoming a socialist dictatorship, in America.........mostly because of the dishonesty and bias in the media........lying to the people.

    September 30, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  25. Frank Clark

    some people need to wake up and stop just following because of idealogical things the Republican party wants to go back to the Bush era of government and Mitt has said so giving tax credit to the people he says creates job well they haven"t created any recently and stop using the excuse ,they want to see how things are going jobs are needed now so if you are a creator then do it with the credit you have already recieved.Mitt what deductions are you really planning on cutting you are well educated but you can't or refuse to tell us or is that out of context

    September 30, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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