The Daily Mail reports on research performed by Brendan Nyhan at the Center For Politics that states President Obama is overdue for a scandal. You can see the research report here. The report is titled, “Scandal Potential: How political and media context affect the president’s vulnerability to allegations of misconduct.”
The report calls the odds of scandal ‘high and rising’ after two years in office, based on interpretation of data from presidential scandals between 1977 and 2008. Nyhan presented detailed graphs illustrating the likelihood of a scandal to unfold before the 2012 presidential election – rising between 95 and 100 per cent by June of next year.
The report reads: ‘Obama has been extremely fortunate: My research on presidential scandals shows that few presidents avoid scandal for as long as he has.’
Nyhan claims his research is supported by the lack of support among Republicans for the Obama administration, and predicts he will follow ‘a similar trajectory to Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton (who both suffered significant first-term scandals).’ Nyhan noted discontent among Republicans could contribute to encourage opposition legislators and members of the news media to promote allegations of misconduct.
Nyhan states ongoing media attention has so far been diverted to other stories throughout his presidency, including ‘the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Arab Spring revolts, the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the killing of Osama bin Laden.’
Other factors are up for debate, including Nyhan’s notion that Obama is treated more favorably by the media compared to his predecessors because he is America’s first black president (and a liberal – my opinion). DUH! Let’s take a look at recent reports by the SRM that support this statement (All via NewsBusters, the best site at exposing liberal media bias):
AP Reporters Fabricate Scurrilous ‘Possible’ Reason Why Walesa Wouldn’t Meet With Obama
- Networks Yawn at Obama’s Patriot Act Renewal; Hyped Bush’s ‘Broad Powers’
- MSNBC’s Mitchell Shills for Obama: “What More Could Be Done to Get Gadhafi Out?!’
- NBC’s Today Helps Sell Government Gimmick to Show Obama ‘Gets It’ On High Gas Prices
- WaPo Buries 97-0 Rejection of Obama Budget in Story Focused on Senate Rejection of Ryan Plan
- NY Times Reporter: Shame How Netanyahu and Conservatives Ignore Obama’s ‘Nuances’ on Palestinians
Yes, the media was fully behind this man in 2008 and is in full-on Obama re-election mode. If anyone dares to expose any forthcoming Obama scandal, they’ll end up with the Boston Herald treatment or worse.