Monday, September 08, 2008

Reviewing Media Coverage of the Campaign

These are the corresponding headlines from the Houston Chronicle for the Democrat and Republican conventions.

After the announcements of the VP selections:
8/24/08 - "Biden Adds Grit For Obama"
8/30/08 - "McCain Pulls Surprise With His Selection"

After the Presidential nominee speeches:
8/29/08 - "Obama Vows To Keep 'American Promise Alive' "
9/5/08 - "McCain Vows Change, End To Partisan Rancor"

The host of last night's VMA awards was a British comedian, the description used loosely, named Russell Brand. Following with the evolution of the award show now used as political commercial for the Democrat party, he is reported to have enjoyed bashing the Republicans with abandon. At one point he begged the audience - in the arena and in tv land, "Please elect Barack Obama on behalf of the world." He called himself a citizen of the world, the description Obama prefers to use for himself, especially as he speaks to Germans.

The New York Post has jumped out in front and endorsed John McCain for President. Earlier in the political season, the newspaper endorsed Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton.

Sunday morning, during an appearance on ABC's "This Week", Obama told George Stephanopoulos "Republicans are attempting to scare voters by suggesting he is not Christian, which McCain campaign manager Rick Davis said was 'cynical'." Obama said, "These guys love to throw a rock and hide their hand."

Obama was playing victim to the claims that he is a Muslim by some who say that since he was born to a Muslim man, his Kenyan father, that according to the Muslim religion, he is considered a Muslim whether he practices the religion or not. "The McCain campaign has never suggested you have Muslim connections, " said Mr. Stephanopoulos." "I don't think that when you look at what is being promulgated on Fox News, let's say, and Republican commentators who are closely allied to those folks," Mr. Obama responded, and Mr. Stephanopoulos interrupted: "But John McCain said that's wrong." "Let's not play games," he (Obama) said. "What I was suggesting -- you're absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith. And you're absolutely right that that has not come." Mr. Stephanopoulos interrupted with, "Christian fieth." "My Christian faith, " Mr. Obama said quickly." Another Obama gaffe, as the 'old' jokes about McCain continue for lack of other substance. Why, McCain must be daft.

Obama stated Gov. Palin "was forced" to bring her daughter's pregnancy to the forefront. Interesting use of words there. The blogs who support the Obama campaign financially and in print are the ones who began the smears of Gov. Palin as soon as her name was confirmed as the VP pick. The Obama supporting blogs have reached a new low in personal destruction of a political candidate.

US Weekly is suffering the backlash from its nasty cover with Gov. Palin and baby Trig photo with the title "Babies, Lies & Scandal" yet the Obama cover was "Why Barack Loves Her" with a smiling shot of Senator and Mrs. Obama. Thousands of subscribers have reportedly cancelled their subscription for the unfair attack on the governor and her family.

Gov. Palin has scheduled her first network interview since becoming the VP nominee. Charlie Gibson with ABC News will conduct the interview Thursday. On Friday morning, John and Cindy McCain will appear on The View. Both have been on the chat show before. Last week, Whoopi Goldberg felt the need to spread her own false rumor of Gov. Palin, the one about the governor's membership in an organization that promotes the seceding of Alaska from the United States. It is a false charge and if Goldberg had bothered to research it, she would know. Unless she thinks verification only works one way. One amusing note - Goldberg said "succeeding" instead of seceding. So, there's that.


Chuck said...

Karen, good post. We need to keep shining the light on these biases, the public is turning against the MSM. Here are a couple of more from the ABCnews site

"See how Gov. Sarah Palin bent the facts"

"Questions persist: Palin's education hijinks"

Jennifer said...

The Obama supporting blogs have reached a new low in personal destruction of a political candidate.

After nearly two years of conservative blogs and media trying not just to beat Obama in an election, but eviscerate him as a human being?

That's rich.

Beverly said...

Succeeding? Really good command of the English language, huh.

I remember once when that MSNBC guy was on ESPN, trying to wax eloquent about something and used a totally wrong word, I laughed and lost any respect I ever had for him...which I never did.

Great post.