Fox News media analyst Bernard Goldberg on Tuesday accused mainstream media reporters of “wishing” that Hurricane Sandy had devastated swing states so that it would make President Barack Obama look more presidential.
“Do you think that more than a few reporters are sort of wishing that the hurricane had not hit two blue states like New Jersey, but had hit Iowa and Ohio and Wisconsin?” Goldberg asked Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.
“I’m saying this only half tongue-in-cheek,” he continued. “More than a few of them wish it hit there [because] that might help President Obama look presidential — which he’s entitled to look — in three important states.”
“Because it’s not going to make any difference in New York and New Jersey.”
While Goldberg believes that the hurricane could have helped the president, The Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson had the exact opposite opinion on Tuesday.
Carlson told Fox News host Sean Hannity that voters would subconsciously blame Obama for the hurricane.
“On the margins this probably hurts Obama a little bit in that it adds to the sort of general feeling that things are amiss in America,” he explained.
Watch this video from Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, broadcast Oct. 30, 2012.
(h/t: Media Matters)