Naturally when their media pals go scurrying for “opinion” from these folks it’s never pointed out they have a built-in bias. But we already knew that. This just confirms it.
Frankly, we’re surprised this is even being reported.
At least a half-dozen professors who gave political donations to President Obama have been quoted in news articles opining about his administration and the 2012 race for the White House.
The findings of The Hill’s months-long investigation come as Republicans have been crying foul, alleging a media bias for Obama and against Mitt Romney.
The Hill cross-checked academics who have been quoted in news articles with Obama’s donor list and eliminated those who worked in prior Democratic administrations. The half-dozen professors detailed in this article do not mention their political affiliations in their bios online. A similar search for Romney donors did not yield any results.
We would imagine a group calling itself “Professors for Romney” could hold a meeting in a phone booth.
Alan Abramowitz, a political science professor at Emory University who is billed as a “widely known expert on national politics,” contributed $250 to Obama on two separate occasions in 2008.
This month, Abramowitz told Bloomberg News that the recent drop in the nation’s unemployment rate is “good news for Obama” and blunts Romney’s political momentum.
Because doesn’t everyone see 23 million people unemployed as good news?
Garrison Nelson, a professor at the University of Vermont, donated $250 to Obama earlier this year. Nelson was quoted in June of 2011 about Obama’s emphasis on his support for the auto industry bailout.
“This is to hit Romney where he lives,” Nelson said.
Four years ago, he commented on Obama’s favorable poll numbers in Vermont against then-Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.): “It’s the Obama phenomenon. Obama has really taken hold here. We’re caught in the wave of support he’s getting.”
Asked for comment on Monday, Nelson sarcastically said, “Big deal.”
Expect nothing less than smug sanctimony from a Vermont professor.
Peter Ricchiuti of Tulane University donated $3,000 to Obama in 2012 and $1,000 to his campaign four years ago. He has also given to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), the Democratic National Committee and Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.).
In 2011, he told ABC News that Obama’s job creation initiatives were “all good ideas,” but questioned whether they would be passed. Ricchiuti told the Mississippi Daily Journal in January of 2009 that fears that the incoming Obama administration would usher in a new socialist state were unfounded.
“I think he’s a free-market guy,” Ricchiuti said at the time.
Um, how’s that working out, Petey?
Timothy Jost, a professor at Washington and Lee University, has been identified in news articles as “an expert on healthcare” and a supporter of Obama’s healthcare reform law. However, most articles do not mention he is an Obama donor; he has given thousands of dollars to the president and Democratic campaign committees.
An expert who’s in favor of ObamaCare, but hey, why point out he’s also an Obama donor? It’s not as if the public has the right to know, right?
Asked by Politico who won the first presidential debate earlier this month, Jost portrayed Romney as a flip-flopper: “The ‘etch-a-sketch’ strategy seems fully underway.” That comment was posted to Politico’s “The Arena” webpage.
Move along, nothing to see here.