Just a quick update on the “respectful campaign” being run by St. John McCain. This all happened in the last week:
1.) Released a ridiculous ad claiming Obama was responsible for high gas prices:
2.) Stated on several occasions that Obama would commit treason in order to win an election:
3.) Released another commercial blatantly lying about Obama, accusing him of ignoring the troops. This was so blatant that even Jake Tapper couldn’t take it, and wrote “New McCain Ad Bashes Obama for Not Visiting Troops Using Footage of Obama Visiting Troops…”
And that was just the big stuff, and in the last week when I was NOT paying attention to politics. Who knows what else I have missed? At any rate, you might begin to wonder why the media still pretends that McCain is different, and not just another peddler of Rovian filth. Well, there is a reason McCain still gets treated as if he is actually running a “respectful” campaign. The media is in the bag for him:
Most of the reporting from the evening news was opinion-free, but when on-air media personalities strayed, 28% of the statements about Obama were positive, while 72% was negative. In contrast, 43% of the statements about McCain were positive, while 57% was negative.
In other words, network reporting was tilted against both major-party candidates, but Obama faced a far more hostile environment than the barbecue-offering, donut-receiving McCain.
Conservatives have been emphasizing that Obama has been getting far more coverage than McCain. As it turns out, that’s true. But if most of the coverage of Obama is negative, the McCain campaign should probably quit its whining and start sending producers thank you notes and gift baskets.
Liberal media, and all that.