Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Media's Love Affair with Barack Obama

If there is one thing that hard core Clinton supporters and McCain supporters can agree on whole heartedly it is that the media is in the bag for Obama. A litany of double talk, and position flips has warranted virtualy no attention from the main stream media. Senator Obama has the craziest group of assosciates of any national level politician in recent history; yet the media is in love, and they will report no news that could tarnish their utopic image of him. Charles Krauthammer in his article The Ever-Malleable Mr. Obama details the presses behavior,

Normally, flip-flopping presidential candidates have to worry about the press. Not Obama. After all, this is a press corps that heard his grandiloquent Philadelphia speech -- designed to rationalize why "I can no more disown [Jeremiah Wright] than I can disown my white grandmother" -- then wiped away a tear and hailed him as the second coming of Abraham Lincoln. Three months later, with Wright disowned, grandma embraced and the great "race speech" now inoperative, not a word of reconsideration is heard from his media acolytes.

Worry about the press? His FISA flip-flop elicited a few grumbles from lefty bloggers, but hardly a murmur from the mainstream press. Remember his pledge to stick to public financing? Now flush with cash, he is the first general-election candidate since Watergate to opt out. Some goo-goo clean-government types chided him, but the mainstream editorialists who for years had been railing against private financing as hopelessly corrupt and corrupting evinced only the mildest of disappointment.

Indeed, the New York Times expressed a sympathetic understanding of Obama's about-face by buying his preposterous claim that it was a preemptive attack on McCain's 527 independent expenditure groups -- notwithstanding the fact that (a) as Politico's Jonathan Martin notes, "there are no serious anti-Obama 527s in existence nor are there any immediate plans to create such a group" and (b) the only independent ad of any consequence now running in the entire country is an AFSCME-MoveOn.org co-production savaging McCain.

2 comments:

No Times For You said...

Well, the NY Times stock price hit a 52 week low today and is now trading at levels last seen in 1996. Their pro-Bama poop may be popular with their readers but it doesn't seem to be encouraging a lot to actually BUY the paper.

Anonymous said...

The truth about Obama is that he is in reality unelectable.
Only in the extreme conditions of 2008 he could “prevail”.
But when the lights fade out, and the glimmer ends one must
ask who the hell this candidate really is?
The sad answer is that Sen. Obama is a power-hungry
everyday politician with razor thin experience hailed by a blind
press-core. This must end, every candidate for the presidency must
be thoroughly vetted.