NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- President Obama won reelection in part because the liberal media insulated the chief executive from his horrible first-term record, conservative cartoonist Michael Ramirez told attendees at CPAC 2013.
Ramirez narrated instances of the media's bias by omission over images of editorial cartoons from the 2012 election season, eliciting chuckles from the crowd.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning artist also noted that Romney hurt himself by failing to be bold and direct in his criticisms of the president. "Romney had the lead after the first debate" but was less aggressive in subsequent debates and in his campaigning in general. When your opponent is a street fighter who is "tag-teaming with the referee," you cannot win by abiding by "Marquess of Queensbury rules," the Investors Business Daily cartoonist argued during a panel discussion entitled "CSI Washington, D.C.: November 2012 Autopsy."
Rounding out the panel were former Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-N.Y.), conservative opinion journalists John Fund and Michael Barone, and Daily Caller founder Tucker Carlson.