Playbook, the must-read daily political email digest for the political wonks that make up much of the Politico website’s steady readership, has taken on a decidedly pro-Obama tilt in the days leading up to the Nov. 6 election.
The liberal news outlet isn’t often accused of favoring Republicans; but Mike Allen, who prepares the Playbook blast each morning, has included items recently that may indicate the sort of political preference that few outlets would put on display.
The Oct. 25 Playbook led with a recount of a fawning Rolling Stone interview of Barack Obama, including the president’s observation — likely pointing toward challenger Mitt Romney — that “kids have good instincts. … They look at the other guy and say, ‘Well, that’s a bullshitter, I can tell.’”
The next three paragraphs of the missive’s 39 paragraphs — of which two were paid ads for the Nuclear Energy Institute’s “low-carbon, affordable electricity” — were self-promotional quotes from the Rolling Stone interview, offered by the president himself.
“It’s important for people to understand how much we’ve gotten done,” one began. “The list of things that we’ve accomplished, even once the Republicans took over [the House], is significant,” the other read, in part.
The third consisted of Obama promoting the preservation of the 2009 Obamacare law, his most prominent legislative achievement.
Of the 24 quotes, articles and observations in Thursday’s Playbook email that touched on the upcoming presidential election, 14 were favorable to the president. Just three were favorable to Romney. One of them, quoting Romney’s political director on efforts to overcome the Democrats’ edge among early voters, was only marginally positive.
A large majority of the space allotted to discussing Romney in any fashion was devoted to three paragraph-length excerpts of a Politico exposé about Mitt Romney’s transition team, titled “How Romney would govern.”
Other pro-Obama items included a jovial quote from “The Tonight Show,” a note about former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s endorsement of Obama, an estimate of the president’s crowd size during a Wednesday night rally — 13,500, according to Allen, in an unspecified city — and a lengthy item, also from Rolling Stone, about Obama’s close relationship with Bill Clinton.