With Republican Groups Outspending Democratic Ones, CBS Upset by Speech from 'Outside Groups'
Published: 10/6/2010 9:35 AM ET
It's okay for the news media to attack a candidate, but not for citizens to join together to buy TV ads criticizing one - especially if more of those ads attack Democrats than Republicans. "Earlier this year, in a very controversial decision, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that outside groups may spend unlimited amounts of money attacking candidates for office," Katie Couric intoned Tuesday night. Reporter Nancy Cordes noted that as candidates "unleash their most devastating attacks, they're bolstered this year by record expenditures from outside groups, who are often even less constrained by facts than the politicians they support." But are they less constrained than the MSM?
Presuming it's a bad development, Cordes highlighted: "So far, outside groups have spent $69 million on these elections, compared to the $16 million they spent on all of the 2006 midterm elections." But it soon became clear what drove CBS's despair: "Republican groups are raising the lion's share of that money, outspending Democratic groups 5-1 in the past month and a half." She then asserted to the head of the Republican-oriented American Crossroads: "Most of your money is coming from millionaires," before painting a far-left, union-backed, Democrat as a victim: "Double-teamed by his opponent and outside groups, Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold is trying to take them both on."
By the way, after she insisted the groups "are often even less constrained by facts than the politicians they support," Cordes played a clip of an ad against Colorado Democratic Senator Michael Bennet: "Michael Bennet was a deciding vote on Obamacare." How is that inaccurate?