Rep. Joe Walsh: Media Will Show ‘Real Desperation’ to Protect Obama

By Terence P. Jeffrey | September 21, 2011 | 4:48pm EDT

Rep. Joe Walsh (R.-Ill.) speaking at a Tea Party rally on Capitol Hill on July 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

( - Rep. Joe Walsh (R.-Ill.) said Wednesday in an interview with Media Research Center President Brent Bozell that he believes the media will show “real desperation” to protect President Barack Obama during the 2012 campaign.

Having noted that Tea Party audiences show tremendous enthusiasm for Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, Bozell asked: “Yet, you see this administration playing class warfare and race warfare games. Now, that’s their problem. But what does it say about the national media that they are aiding and abetting this by not exposing the dishonesty here?”

“This guy pushed every one of the media’s buttons,” Walsh said. “He was liberal, he was different, he was new, he was black. Oh my God, it was the potpourri of everything.

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“They are so vested in our first black president not being a failure that it’s going to be amazing to watch the lengths they go to to protect him,” Walsh continued. “They, I believe, will spout this racist line if some of their colleagues up here aren’t doing it aggressively enough. There is going to be a real desperation."

Walsh added that he believed the campaign should not be personal, but should be about public policy. However, he did not believe the president’s allies would follow that rule.

“His policies to my way of thinking are destroying this country,” said Walsh. “We need to keep the discussion at that level. But the other side won’t. The other side is going to personalize it. And [Texas Gov.] Rick Perry, Michele [Bachmann], whoever our nominee is going to be, is going to really be in to it." is a part of the Media Research Center.

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