Given the unprecedented sums of cash the Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama has raised, one would expect that campaign finance to be a hot topic for the news media.Â But, as former Democratic Senator Bob Kerrey, now president of the New School. observes this is the “big unreported story” of the current election cycle:
There’s a liberal bias. There’s a preference for Obama and it’s getting underreported as a result. . . .Â . If this thing was running the other way, if Obama was taking the public money and McCain had opted out and raised $150 million in September, do you think The New York Times would have an editorial against it?
Even as “the Obama campaign refuses to make public its list of contributors” and evidence emerges that campaign operatives “disabled the security settings on vendor identity to expedite online donations, gifts that then speed through to fund election activities that would be flagged as illegal under normal FEC reporting standards,” the MSM show little interest in the story. You think the media would rush to cover a story that where a presidential campaign appears to be in violation of election law.
But, as Kerrey noted, they prefer Obama so choose not to get to the bottom of stories which could hurt the Democrat.
Nor do they seem too interested in stories about Obama’s radical associations.Â And not just Bill Ayers.Â You’d think that when a newspaper gets information about a presidential candidate’s ties to terrorists, they’d rush to report it.Â Not so if that candidate is Barack Obama.
The LA Times has video that Democrat attending an event where speakers attacked Israel and he himself toasted Toasting a former PLO operative, Rashid Kalidi, but refuses to release the video.Â Not only would the video shed more light on Obama’s radical associations, it would also call his candor into question.Â The Illinois Senator played down his association with Khalidi.Â You know, just another guy in the neighborhood, with whom he happened to dine regularly.
Somehow this isn’t news, but it is news that Sarah Palin’s husband had a DUI twenty-two years ago.Â Imagine if she toasted a man who advocated bombing abortion clinics.
Just another sign that the MSM would rather cover for Obama than cover him.
UPDATE:Â Looks like the Washington Post is at least taking note of this story, but they take the campaign’s word that new safeguards are in place, without addressing the disabling of the AVS system.
UP-UPDATE:Â Credit where it’s due.Â The LA Times did cover the dinner where Obama made his remarks.