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

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. CaliforniaBC

    Ah yes, the typical play of the "media bias" victim card. Perhaps Mr. Ryan needs to look at the research that is done on this type of thing all the time. The most recent assessment shows there was much more criticism of Obama in the media overall than Romney.
    The problem with the Right-wing is that they think that just because they don't LIKE the news that it MUST be bias. In actuality, the media is just putting a mirrot up their faces and they don't like what they see.

    Plus, Mr. Ryan and any conservative who wants to blame biased media for their woes should go and count up ALL the right-wing print and broadcast outlets. There are upwards of triple the amount of the liberal outlets. The Right has plenty of chior preaching outlets that they have no one to play to play that victim card against.

    September 30, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)

    Yeah Ryan, that's real media bias when the conservatives on news network (FOX) is reporting President Obama being ahead in the polls. If you'd like, I can call a wambulance for you.

    September 30, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. Bob Dobalina

    Yes there is media bias and everybody knows that already. CNN and MSNBC won't print anything bad about Obama, and Fox and Drudgreport won't print anything bad about Romney. Too bad we are stuck with either Obama or Romney to choose from. Both are terrible. I'll take my chances on Romney because Obama has shown a pattern of intrusive gov't, hiding his agenda in his healthcare bill which should not be legal, and his only plan is to continue unfounded business regulations and print money at record rates. Yes this will destroy the country. I doubt Romney will do much better, but I'll take that chance when Obama has spelled out his recipe for change for the worse. Both sides are pathetic and whine and blame like babies. Maybe we should have politics reform.

    September 30, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. S-Hug

    There is no "liberal media." The media is owned by corporations, none of which could be considered to have liberal interests. If Republicans want to know why they're getting such bad press, they only need to look in the mirror.

    September 30, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. David

    The GOP ticket is complaining about everything that is not in their favor. First they complain about the polls numbers that EVERYBODY has, including their beloved Fox Polls citing they are false because Romney is not ahead. Then they complain about the media being biased because Romney can't keep foot out of his mouth (He keeps letting the cat out the bag by saying how he really feels once in a while when the world isn't watching). If the polls were in their favor or the news was great about them, then there would be no problem. They are just angry that people are smarter than they think they are. They see through his facade and constant lies. They are angry that the crazy lies that have been disproving time and time again will not stick to Obama in the media. They are desperate and that desperation will show in Romney on wednesday. He is going to try to throw everything but the kitchen sink at the President hoping something sticks so he can say "Yes, I got something to stick to him (jumping up and down like a kid)"

    September 30, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. Time for Change

    Obama has continually attacked the public with his divisive words and even how he continues to lie in his attack ads. Romney was correct that 47% will always support Obama. Mostly because they are stupid and unable to look past the Obama lies. Yet even Obama freely admits that he's been a failure. He has recognized that he has done a poor job on every area of the country. Obama has done nothing to support the middle class whatsoever. His only goal is to tax the country into oblivion!

    September 30, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. zufree2b

    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.

    Now ask yourself why that is and focus on the word " MOST" idiot.

    September 30, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. James

    "I've long believed and long felt that there is inherent media bias." Mr. Ryan, these are not facts, these are your beliefs. Show me some empirical evidence to the charge! You'e own beloved Fox News has polls showing the opponent in the lead. Does that mean Fox News is "unbalanced" away from you as well?

    September 30, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. Cigar Smoker

    And the clown car rolls on...

    September 30, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. dd

    News journalists have joined al Qaeda. They are the Truth Terrorists who are killing more people than the guns and bombs by supporting incompetence in governments.

    September 30, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Jaya

    Remember when Stephen Colbert told President G.W. Bush "Do we care if reality has a liberal bias?" I'm confused about Fox News and the GOP, which one is the tail and which one is the dog?

    September 30, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. BD70

    Stop blaming the media and start thinking about what your going to say before saying it. Of course...republican policies in and of themselves are just plain ugly. A straight up republican government is ugly. Is that bias? No just the truth.

    September 30, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. Name

    1. If American voters smart, they'd see through any media bias and it would not affect their political views.
    2. If American voters are stupid, they'd be duped by a biased media into artificially skewing Democratic.
    3. If Ryan didn't think American voters were artificially skewed Democratic, he would have no reason to complain about any bias.
    4. But Ryan does think American voters are skewed, thus Ryan thinks American voters are stupid.

    September 30, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Wes Scott

    Amazing! Romney and Ryan screw up their own campaign by opening their mouths, but the media has a liberal bias because they report what Romney and Ryan said. This is the circular firing squad mentality of CONservatives.

    After November 6, we will have at least one week of silence before the GOP/TP starts campaigning for 2016 on the false claims that Obama has been a failure and that they have a better plan for the future.

    September 30, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. dssmith

    What Ryan is saying is that the media should accept anything he says and they shouldn't have called him out on all of the lies he has told.

    September 30, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. esarebee

    Ryan is right- there is a media Bias- all we have to do is watch Fox News- it is nothing but a propaganda mouthpiece for the Republican Party- whatever "their" vision and version of a "fair-n-balanced" state of society is. The strength of America has always been a strong-middle-class society. The Romney-Ryan campaign views us as a liability on the 1%, pretty much labels as "dependents" and "victims". Having accounts in Grand Cayman islands and paying 14% tax returns is not what the middle-class do- they work hard, pay their fair share of taxes and believe in compassion for the born, not just the unborn.

    September 30, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. Steve

    Republicans views are so extreme on social issues it doesn't give you much confidence on the economic issues. Moderation is a good thing.

    September 30, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. xuaerdub

    Media bias? He's the one who made his stand among the elite. The media just reported it. What does he want? A cover-up? ALREADY?

    September 30, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  19. jim

    No details in their plan for the country, no details in their claim of media bias... these are the "trust us, we're professionals" guys who go joy riding in Cameron's Dad's Ferrari... sure, let's let them take the country out for a spin–I'm sure they'll bring it back and we won't even notice the extra mileage...

    September 30, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. soul68

    LOL media bias? Just because someone questions your insane rambling doesn't make them biased. This shooting the messenger nonsense that goes on by right wingers makes me nauseous. DONT REPORT LIES MY CANDIDATE MAKES!

    September 30, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  21. Mike in Texas

    The only ones acting like victims are Romney and Ryan. Wahhhhh.....The media is biased....Wahhhhh... Obama is attacking us.

    Two crybabies on the top of the Republican ticket.

    September 30, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. SEL2012

    I don't understand people and their comments, I consider myself a free thinker and if you all can't admit that there is bias, I don't think you are looking or even have your eyes open. I will go to multiple web sites to review a story, also to see if the same stories are running so that I can get multiple perspectives of the same story. As you all are aware there are three sides to a story, conservative, liberal and the truth which lies somewhere in the middle. And if you only believe in one side you are not using your brain and common sense. Anyone knows this to be true if you have even stopped friends from arguing you know the truth lies in the middle. So stop believing one side of the story as the whole truth. Cause in doing so you only belittle yourself.

    September 30, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. Tom

    Ryan would love a media that distorts or hides the truth. Oh wait, thats Fox News.

    September 30, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  24. Seth Hill

    I'm getting sick and tired of conservatives whining about "Media Bias." I used to shoot daily news for KQED-TV, the most liberal station in the world, and we were always desperate to find a story, any story, any conservative story, to fill an hour a day. When the media reports something you don't like, I guess that feels like "Media Bias" ... if you're self-centered and not very intelligent.

    September 30, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. Old Republican

    Embarrassed that these guys represent us in the presidential race.

    September 30, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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