Media Watch: The Sharyl Attkisson approach
I’m surprised this isn’t getting more attention from the mainstream press (not really):
BEALLSVILLE – Coal miners at the American Energy Corp. Century Mine said they want President Barack Obama to stop what they term “the war on coal” – and to stop spreading “mistruths” about them.
Miners gathered Friday afternoon to express their opposition to Obama’s energy and environmental policies, which they believe threaten their jobs. Miner Mitch Miracle read aloud a letter the miners mailed to Obama that outlines some of their concerns.
The miners said Obama’s campaign team is running ads filled with “blatantly false” statements about the miners regarding their participation in Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s August campaign stop at the Century Mine. These ads assert that the miners were forced to attend the event by the mine’s owner, Robert Murray.
“There are numerous false statements and absolute lies concerning our participation in this event, mostly started by a local ‘shock jock’ radio host,” the miners’ letter to Obama states. “Why would you (Obama) lie about the 500 working miners who have signed this letter? We, the employees of the Century Mine would request you immediately stop these false ads.”
This summer, Murray Energy Corp., parent company of the Beallsville mine, cut or relocated 56 workers with the closure of the Red Bird West mine near Brilliant. Murray also cut 29 mining jobs from The Ohio Valley Coal Co.’s Powhatan No. 6 Mine. All of this was done, Robert Murray said, because of Obama’s “war on coal.”
NRO’s Greg Pollowitz notes how the left glommed onto the allegations the miners were “forced” to attend the rally:
Back in August, the Left went bonkers over a story alleging that coal miners were forced by their employer to protest against President Obama. At the time, HuffPo, Mother Jones, etc. all ran with that version of events.
Think the ad will be pulled, and that Obama’s dutiful minions on popular left wing blog sites will issue a retraction? Don’t count on it. Truth is an alien concept to these people, especially now that we’re down the wire – plus the Romney-Ryan ticket is gaining momentum in the polls. To desperate Democrats, it’s time to pull out all the stops, throw whatever crap they can to see if it sticks, and to not worry about whatever shred of integrity any of these “journalistic enterprises” had flying out the window.
“By any means necessary” … and all that.