Richard Mourdock's campaign is probably correct that it is all the fault of the "liberal media" that he lost his Senate race in Indiana, as it claimed in a fundraising email obtained by The Hill's Cameron Joseph. If the media hadn't reported that Mourdock actually said out loud that he thinks rape pregnancies are a "gift from God" and "something that God intended to happen," he might have won. (Thanks to the liberal media, all of the GOP's rape apologist caucus lost in November.) Mourdock also might have won, despite the liberal media, if he had never said those things.
The Hill has an email sent to Mourdock supporters by his finance director Ashlee Walls:
After a bitter, hard-fought campaign, many Republicans all over the country were forced to accept defeat rather than celebrate victory. In our case, we found our campaign caught in the liberal media crosshairs. Never has Indiana seen a more obvious example of media bias by reporters more interested in defeating conservatives than reporting the news…
We fought back and invested heavily in a last-minute push to combat the slew of false accusations Democrats and the liberal media churned up to distract voters.
Mourdock, a Republican, lost his Senate race to Democrat Joe Donnelly by 44 percent to 50 percent. Despite the liberal media, Mitt Romney, a Republican, won Indiana by 54 percent to President Obama's 44 percent.
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