CBS This Morning on Tuesday played up how Mitt Romney's campaign had to
conduct "a little more damage control" after the GOP presidential
candidate held an event at a popular Miami establishment owned by a
convict. Correspondent Jan Crawford highlighted how "Romney held
an event yesterday at a well-known restaurant in Miami whose owner -
get this - pleaded guilty to cocaine distribution in 1999, and was
sentenced to three years in prison."
The program was the only Big Three morning newscast on Tuesday to report on the story. By contrast, CBS found it completely un-newsworthy when the other networks mentioned in October 1996 that convicted cocaine smuggler Jorge Cabrera had gained access to Al Gore and Hillary Clinton in 1995 after making a $20,000 donation to the Democrats. Why report this and omit that?
Earlier in her report, Crawford highlighted the results of a recent USA Today/Gallup poll that "shows Americans are split over Romney's choice of [Paul] Ryan.
Thirty-nine percent call his selection excellent or pretty good, while
42 percent say it's only fair or poor. But the good news for Ryan: 58
percent don't know who he is." On Tuesday, Conn Carroll of the
Washington Examiner pointed out something that the correspondent didn't mention, that "just 18 percent of voters rate the Ryan pick as 'poor'.
In other words, 63 percent of Americans rate the Ryan pick between fair
(24 percent), good (20 percent) and excellent (19 percent)." Carroll
also noted the "super small (488) sample size" of the poll and its "huge
+/- 6 [percent] margin of error."
The CBS correspondent also zeroed in on Ryan's "serious plan to dramatically cut the budget, rein in spending, and reform entitlement programs like Medicare." In reality, the Wisconsin Republican's proposed budget actually increases federal spending, but at a slower rate than President Obama's budget plan.
Near the end of her report, Crawford highlighted how "not all Republicans are exactly jumping up and down over this selection. Some congressional Democrats already are trying to link their Republican opponents to Ryan's controversial plan on Medicare. One Republican even felt the need to put out a statement yesterday, saying that she will never agree to cuts in Medicare."
The full transcript of Jan Crawford's report from Tuesday's CBS This Morning: