Media Giving McCain A Free Ride

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    His ties to lobbyists

    His huge flip flops

    His 95% pro-Bush voting record

    His cozying up to disgraced Ralph Reed

    His ties to Alhmad Chalabi, Fanny May, and Blackwater

    Where is the media???
     
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    We hear all about that all the time, what we never hear is anything about Obama until some blogger FORCES the press through sheer determination to report it.
     
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    Bull, if McCain gets criticized they just throw his military record in the media's face and they back down. As if being tortured means you will make a good president. What balony
     
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    Let's face it. John McCain was the media's golden boy long before Barack Obama came on the scene. So it really takes a lot of nerve to hang the celebrity label around the new guy.
    To represent the media giddiness, see Jill Zuckman in the Chicago Tribune. It was "a healthy dose of poetic justice as he beat his Republican rivals and vanquished the ghosts of his 2000 defeat under a barrage of scurrilous smears."

    The media won’t remind conservatives of the many stands McCain has taken against their cause. They love his "maverick" stands against GOP orthodoxy.

    One of the more amusing McCain campaign attempts to take the press for a ride in the spin-mobile has been the claim that the media loves Obama while McCain gets left in the cold. To paraphrase Chris Matthews: HA!
    No, really, let's quote Chris Matthews:
    "The press loves McCain. We're his base."
    But it's not just Matthews, it's also Newsweek's John Meachem:
    “To me, the great story about Sen. McCain is, when in doubt, give principle a try.”
    And there's Bob Scheiffer's old standby: accusing people of questioning McCain's integrity when they point out his myriad political flip-flops. Gotta protect yer buddy's flank, ya know?
    Despite all those media myths that McCain has so assiduously worked to build through his long years inside the Beltway, there are some indications that the "Straight Talk" spin-mobile is losing a bit of its luster, as reporters call bullshit on the recent McCain ad which made blatantly false claims about Obama's overseas trip and American servicepeople. Lying about your personality is one thing, but lying about something that reporters witnessed first hand? Not working so well.
     
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    It's amusing to watch the slow, yet inevitable shift in the media's attitude toward their favorite GOP politician these past six years. You always knew that if McCain were to get the Republican nomination in 2008, all of his liberal media pals who had been singing his praises for years as a backdoor way to criticize President Bush and the GOP would find creative ways to suddenly portray McCain as a danger to the Republic.
     
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    Ya like the whole Reverand Wright thing disappeared as soon as Obama threw him under the bus. I got ya.

    Remind me of all the coverage we have on Obam's staff. We have weekly reports about different people McCain is using. Remind me how much money Obama has gotten from special interest groups, from PACS and Lobbyists. McCain gets less then 2 percent but we keep hearing how MOST of his money comes from those sources.

    The press is solidly behind Obama. And it is disgraceful.
     
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    His 18-year solidly conservative record in Congress from 1982-2000 was conveniently overlooked by fawning members of the media and is thus not part of the public's current impression of John McCain.
    Krugman's salvo against McCain is a harbinger of more to come and is a blatant attempt to begin the process of changing that impression:
    The bottom line is that Mr. McCain isn't a moderate; he's a man of the hard right. How far right? A statistical analysis of Mr. McCain's recent voting record, available at University of California, San Diego, Dr. Keith T. Poole, ranks him as the Senate's third most conservative member. .....
    He isn't a moderate. Mr. McCain's policy positions and Senate votes don't just place him at the right end of America's political spectrum; they place him in the right wing of the Republican Party.
     
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    The reality is the anti-Republican media have put themselves in a real box with John McCain. They've built up this straight-talking hero since 2000 and are going to find it very difficult to suddenly turn him into a mean, divisive, war-mongering Republican.
     
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    But you have no problem with Obama's HARD left voting record? Left extreme is good right? McCain has NEVER been hard right no matter how you paint it.
     
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    He's tied to the failed policies of the Bush regime and would have to follow them or lose his Conservative base of supporters. Why isn't media talking more about who McCain will appoint to the supreme court and make abortion illegal? It's sickening how they gloss over McCain the way they do.
     

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