As more of the Fox News gusherama over Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan for vice president, “objective” host John Roberts and “objective” reporter Carl Cameron, helped promote the Romney campaign’s spin that Ryan would give the ticket an 11-point bounce in the polls. For closers, Cameron, compared Mitt Romney's gaffe in introducing Ryan as the "next president of the United States," and suggested it could be a sign "he's going to pull off the upset."
In a discussion with Cameron, Roberts started on the subject by suggesting the pick would “re-set” the race in the wake of recent poor poll numbers for Romney.
Cameron explained in great detail the “argument” from Romney aides as to why the polls are “not an accurate judge.” Cameron made no effort to vet the Romney camp’s spin, he merely echoed it. Exhaustively. He concluded by saying that the Romney camp predicted “an 11 point bounce” after the upcoming Republican convention. Cameron noted, “Rare that you would hear a campaign actually put a number so specific on it but they are expecting just into the double digits and they expect to get a wave of momentum going here that would put them theoretically into the lead.”
Yes, theoretically indeed. But host Roberts validated the prediction. “You know, it might not be too difficult to get that 11-point bounce,” he said. He noted that Jimmy Carter got a 10-point bounce in 1980 and Bill Clinton got 16 points.
Once the bounce was fully promulgated, Roberts brought up Romney’s gaffe of having introduced Ryan as the “next President of the United States.”
Not to worry, Cameron had his back. “That was a very graceful recovery,” Cameron said before adding that President Obama “made a similar error” and that Joe Biden called Obama, “Barack America.” Without pointing out the differences between the two gaffes, (which I posted about here), Cameron hinted that it may well be a sign of a winner. He said, “So, if a little bit of a turn of phrase mangled in the introduction is a sign of success with the Obama/Biden ticket, Romney did the right thing and perhaps he’s going to pull off the upset.”
But in the next segment, Bill Kristol quipped, “Some of us thought, ‘OK, if it’s a Ryan/Romney ticket, I can live with that!’” And everybody laughed.
UPDATE: This post originally named the host as Doug McKelway. I apologize for the error.