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. Ryan, the GOP "smart" one.

    If there were as much media bias as claimed there would be NO REPUBLICANS elected ever, anywhere.

    September 30, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. Harry 101

    Find me one article in this news supplier that has anything positive to say about Romney that's not back handed and written with a negitive spin from headline to story then I will believe this so call news site is fair and balanced. It seems to me CNN is working for the DNC to try an get a one party system set up.

    September 30, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. Brian Smith

    To quote Romney saying some polls are good, some polls are bad, but it's not going to change how he handles the campaign, Ryan has just NOW figured out that some media (Fox) is biased for his position, and some media (everyone else) is biased against his position, but neither should have an impact on how he runs his campaign. What a smart guy huh?

    September 30, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. norma jean

    "INARTICULATE'"???? PAUL....you do have a way with words!...That is the understatement of the year after "47% and you know it and believe me Romney knows it too!......our government is for All the people ....not just a special wealthy group!!! A very large number of the voters continue to believe that Romney and Ryan still DO NOT connect with them.....they live in a different world from the little guy that can't pay his bills and wonders where his next job is coming from. I have three,, family members..., well educated.......years at the jobs...bottom fell out of the companies... Believe me... ....... we don't relate to them either! and we won't at the polls!!!!

    September 30, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Ryan/Romney WILL GO down in history, right alongside McCain/Palin as being the toss-up for least qualified to anything other than criticise and start wars.

    September 30, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. Karl Jonas

    This guy is a piece of work!

    Notice how he slung "kind of" and "definitely" into the same sentence about media bias? Then when asked "like what" he says he's not going to "litigate" that. If you say something is definitely going on but can't (or won't) cite a single example, then there goes your credibility (not that he had any to start with). It's just like his "plan"to balance the budget with no details provided. When asked if he'd provide details before the election, he simply said "no." THIS is providing a clear choice.

    Then he says Romney's 47% comments were a "misstep" but they're going to move those people of of welfare and into jobs. 1.3% of the population is on AFDC (welfare). And THIS is the GOP's "numbers ex;pert"?

    September 30, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. Russell, NC ,

    The media is certainly biased.

    September 30, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. lawrence scott

    romney& ryan is toast the american people have made the decision that these guys just cant take us into the 21 century the biggest mistake that they made was to team up with the tea party right wign nut s who is out of touch with reality and this election will hopefully send a message to the filty rich in this country is that your and power want buy this election the democrtaes will trounce the gop by a huge landslide go america keep moving forward president obama 2012 !! in the right place at the right time in history

    September 30, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. talbet

    The Republican party needs a complete overhaul. It's in a complete state of disarray.

    September 30, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. Sorensen

    Of course the media has a bias against the GOP. Except Fox, Limbaugh, Hannity, etc. Like indeed most of the
    intelligent electorate.

    September 30, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. Jorge UU Boosh

    Wah-wah-wah... Vote CRYBABY Ryan for VP???? haha!

    September 30, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  12. TonyK

    I like the "it goes without saying" part–no it doesn't "go without saying." Nothing does. You say it, and it goes. Like the 47%. Now you say "media bias" to make that statement "go." But it doesn't.

    September 30, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. DogHaus

    Consistent with the Republican "No Apology" narrative. Don't admit doing anything wrong, blame it all on the media or liberals, and never apologize for anything.

    September 30, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. 111Dave111

    "bias against conservatives" = Radical Republicans are unpopular

    We are fed-up with:
    Tax Cuts for the Wealthy,
    Deregulatory Chaos in the Economy,
    Obstruction in Congress,&
    Lies & Blame & Excuses.

    September 30, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. Larry

    The truth has a definite liberal bias. Is Ryan just now figuring that out?

    September 30, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  16. Ivett

    The media bias is dangerous and irresponsible and Ryan wasn't whining. In fact, he should have elaborated. What if the media were to seriously attend to matters and disregard their fear of Obama? Prehaps they would have grilled Obama for choosing to attend a fundraiser in Las Vegas, rather then attend to a crisis on American 'soil' as our Embassy was attacked. They certainly attacked Bush for flying over New Orleans after Katrina, so as to not disrupt the the life-saving missions. Yet, Obamas mockery of the crisis is hardly addresssed. Or prehaps we would have heard more about his 'redistribution of wealth' videos rather than Mitt's '47%" video. The media biasis leaves Americans dangerously ignorant of the issues and rightly distrustful of the media

    September 30, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. Jim

    Typical Republican Conservative whinning about the liberal media. What a joke! He surely doesn't listen to talk radio or Fox News or a lot of conservative writers who have panned Romney and his campaign. This guy will flame out in no time. In two years we will all wonder who the hell he was. Enjoy the fall you cry baby!

    September 30, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  18. Bushney

    Media Bias.. is that like Rush, Drudge, and Fox? Oh no, certainly he is not talking about these.... lol

    September 30, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. jan

    Like it's the Media's fault HE'S NOT THE HOTSHOT OR "ROCK STAR" HE WAS ONCE PERCEIVED TO BE. I heard he concerned about cleaning himself from THE STENCH OF ROMNEY...AND OH! IS THAT THE STENCH ON THE PHONE? He's got some nerve!!!!! Yes, I'm not a Romney fan, but I want to say again...Ryan's got some nerve!!!

    September 30, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. Biotechdev

    It is so obvious to every American who doesn't have some stake in Obama being re-elected (serarh for "obama phones") that the media is totally biased (CBS, NBS, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, NYTImes. etc). that the media is baised. The provinf fact of this (and I am taking pic screen chots) is that this post is not likely to be posted on CNN. How else would a president who campaigned on deficit reduction but who added more to the debt in three years than Bush did in eight and who has not proposerde a long term deficir reduction plam, while UE remains at 15%??

    September 30, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  21. 1+1=2

    Every time a politician makes a flub, media gets blamed for the gaff (even if it's really not a gaff). Kind of like you'll find out what a person really thinks after they had a shot or two.

    September 30, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. Fred

    Here's an example of media bias. Romney criticized the White House for allowing the statement from the Cairo Embassy that apologized for that 15 minute film about Mohammed. The media jumped on him, although I never understood why. (Can someone from CNN explain what was wrong about Romney's statement.) The White House, and the US Ambassador to the UN followed up saying that the attack on the US embassy and murder of the Ambassador in that other bastion of democracy, Libya, was a spontaneous act caused by the film, despite the coincidence of 9/11 and despite the magnitude of the attack and size of weapons. Now several weeks later, the White House (a,k,a, Obama) concedes what they knew all along, but were afraid to state, for fear of alienating their buddies in these democracies, that the attack was from Al Qaida.

    I'd like to know why the media isn't applying the same criticizm to Obama for lying to the people and not having the courage to state what was obvious (as some members of the intelligence community are now claiming).

    Bias in the press. Absolutely.

    That is an example of a double standard. It is as if the media is afraid of criticizing Obama.

    September 30, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. Bleedingheart

    Yes, there is a media bias, but why? No one ever says why. Think about it. Is it because the media is around politicians all the time and sees and hears many things that we the public do not see? Is it because of their education, and upbringing? Possibly their employers tell them to slant things. Maybe they honestly feel the Liberal way is better than the Conservative way for the majority of Americans. There has to be a reason. No one is born a Liberal or a Conservative.

    September 30, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. Deb

    Crybaby Republicans.

    September 30, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. Biotechdev

    When Obama had an interview with one of the main media Obama- supporter outelts, he agreed that the ads in his favor often contain lies. Nothing from MSM though

    September 30, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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