Media Ignored House “Mandate” in Reagan Years

Randy Shawbyline‚ Nov. 16‚ 2012

Although President Obama won a sweeping re-election victory, the media has regularly highlighted Speaker Boehner’s contention that “the American people re-elected the president, and re-elected our majority in the House. If there is a mandate, it is a mandate for both parties to find common ground.” Yet when Ronald Reagan defeated Jimmy Carter in 1980, the media called it not simply a “mandate” but a “revolution.” Democrats retaining House control in the 1984 elections was also deemed irrelevant to the national political mood. That's what's called traditional media bias, and a pro-Republican double standard.