the media is going to cover [Obama’s liberal voting record and inexperience] up . . . while attacking McCain, and distorting his record. That means all Americans will see of Obama is an attractive, personable candidate with a deep, resonating speaking voice and a lot of money for slick commercials.
Soon after I read those words, I chanced upon an article on Drudge proving that very point. The very title, “Obama accuses McCain of ‘losing his bearings’” echoed the Obama campaign’s critique of the presumptive GOP presidential nominee “for repeatedly suggesting the Islamic terrorist group Hamas preferred Obama for president.”
Suggesting? A spokesman for the terrorist group actually said that. That’s not suggesting that’s telling things as they are.
Reflecting the MSM spin on McCain’s alleged problem with his temper, “reporter” Libby Quaid contended the Obama campaign’s accusation “brought an angry response from McCain’s campaign” (emphasis added). And how was the response angry? Or is anyone angry by definition who dares criticize the statement of the great Obama and his acolytes? Or is merely angry because John McCain is supposed to be a very angry man?
Seems she was just adding this adjective to reinforce an image the media is trying to manufacture about the Republican contender. Note how New York Times Book Review editor Sam Tanenhaus uses the word “hair-trigger” to define the Senator’s temper as if it’s a matter of long-established fact, not opinion. All stemming form yet another front-page article in the Times or Washington Post trying to bring down John McCain’s high favorables.
It’s not just the Times and the Post. Contending that the GOP “has been successfully scaring voters since 1968,” Newsweek reporters Richard Wolffe and Evan Thomas contend “the GOP will try to paint Obama as ‘the other’â€”as a haughty black intellectual who has Muslim roots (Obama is a Christian) and hangs around with America-haters.”
Once again as the McCain campaign’s Mark Salter informs us, an organ of the MSM has “embraced the primary communications strategy [of] the Obama campaign.” (At least Newsweek‘s editors didn’t call this letter angry.) (Via the Weekly Standard‘s Michael Goldfarb.)
Note that one of the authors of this hit piece is Evan Thomas who once said media bias would give Kerry a 15-point bump in the 2004 matchup with George W. Bush. Looks like he’s doing his part to make sure they give a similar advantage to this year’s Democratic nominee.