These days if you are a conservative running for office and the press cannot find any real dirt on you they make it up! Believe me I know and so does Herman Cain!
As does George Bush, as does Sarah Palin, as does Clarence Thomas and countless others. If the press cannot find something 'real' on a Republican, they simply make stuff up. They do it all the time.
All the while assiduously avoiding any mention of Obama's obvious Islamic background, his lack of any transcripts or qualifications, his dubious birth certificate, his numerous undocumented name changes, his radical domestic terrorist(with blood on their hands) connections, his deals in Chicago, and on and on and on.
Any conservative is going to get killed in the media, any Liberal is going to be coddled. That is just how it is in America today. They set up a weak candidate with gushing praise, like McCain and Christie, then when they get the nomination, the media turns on them like a pack of wild wolves. They do this over and over and over again.
Today, we have to view the media and treat them as an extension of the White House Press office, and an arm of the DNC, because that is what they are. No more, no less.
bork/bɔrk/ [bawrk] verb (used with object) to attack (a candidate or public figure) systematically, especially in the media.
1988, Americanism; after Judge Robert H. Bork, whose appointment to the Supreme Court was blocked in 1987 after an extensive media campaign by his opponents