Yes, the media are admitting the patently obvious: Mitt Romney won Wednesday's presidential debate. But, NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell observed, the media are still shielding Obama by insisting that the president was merely stylistically off his game, rather than deficient on substance.
"It's all about how Obama was lackluster, how Obama wasn't firing on all cylinders.... No," Bozell told Fox Business Network's Stuart Varney on the Thursday morning Varney & Co. "All those things may be true, but that's just the beginning of it." [watch the video below the page break]
"It was not just that Romney was all prepared and the opposite, it's that Romney had facts and Romney had an argument to make and Obama had nothing, that's the problem that Obama has," Bozell argued, observing that if the media were to highlight that, "it would show just how bad the situation could be for Obama" and "so instead, they do it stylistically" when in fact "it's a lot worse" than the president merely having "a bad night."