Collusion?

Contraception:

January 2, 2012 – Jake Tapper asks Rick Santorum about a 2006 statement about contraception.
January 7, 2012 – George Stephanopoulos asks GOP Presidential primary debate candidates their position on contraception.
January 20, 2012 – Obama administration announces national mandate that insurance plans cover contraception at no charge.

Gay Marriage:

May 7, 2012 – Washington Post reports gay donors aren’t enthusiastic about Obama and are reluctant to contribute to his campaign.
May 9, 2012 – Obama announces his support for gay marriage (at the state level).
May 10, 2012 – Washington Post reports huge donation surge to Obama from previously hesitant gay donors.

Illegal Immigration:

June 14, 2012 – Time cover story “We Are Americans” about illegal immigrants.
June 15, 2012 – Obama administration announces executive action to give temporary legal status to certain young illegal immigrants.

Outsourcing:

June 21, 2012 – Washington Post reports Romney’s former company, Bain Capital, did lots of offshoring.
June 24, 2012 – Obama campaign debuts new TV ads labeling Romney “Outsourcer-in-Chief”.

At what point does this pattern stop being a coincidence and become evidence of media-campaign collusion?

At the very least, it appears that President Obama is governing (read: campaigning through executive action) in reaction to media coverage. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

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