So funny. If this is a prelude to the future, I’m going to love seeing the Obama folks smack Fox in the nose. Megyn Kelly: cute but crazy.
Reader S.M. caught this one.
NY Post has to remove story attacking Obamas because it was made up. Keith Olbermann is familiar with the NY Post’s tactics on this.
Matt Drudge tries to haul McCain over the finish line using bogus polls.
Rupert Murdoch & Co. are doing their damndest to win back this election for John McCain. But I don’t think it will work. This isn’t 2002 or 2004.
Rasmussen’s poll also shows that Sen. Biden beat Palin in the debate, 45%-37%
Rasmussen has Obama @ 51%, in what they say “suggests that the McCain campaign faces a very steep challenge in the remaining few weeks of Election 2008″
Gallup has Obama 50% vs McCain 42%
Right now Sen. Obama has what averages out to about an 8% lead over McCain nationally.
And yet the mainstream media consensus is that the election is “tight”. It reminds me a lot of when Bush’s popularity numbers were cratering down to the sub-25% cellar they currently reside in and yet the press insisted he was a “popular war time president”. (We radical far-left out of touch liberal bloggers were ahead of the curve once again on an issue of national import.)
Barack Obama currently leads John McCain by a significant margin nationally. Obama is playing offense while McCain is trying to hold on to red states like Indiana. Obama has more money than McCain does. Heck, Sen. Obama leads McCain in favorability by almost 10%.
At some point, the media coverage might want to reflect this dynamic, even against a barbecue pal like John McCain.
Goes to Ben Smith of The Politico (who, God knows, I have regularly given a hard time):
Of course, for the McCain campaign that is a feature, not a bug.
Just wondering. More here.
UPDATE: The AP uses “fumbled” as a nice way of saying “lied”.
Republican presidential candidate John McCain on Friday defended two debunked television ads attacking Democrat Barack Obama and claimed erroneously that running mate Sarah Palin never sought money for lawmakers’ pet projects as Alaska governor.
Palin sought $197 million in so-called “earmarks” for 2009. In the previous budget year, she asked for earmarks worth $256 million.
McCain made the comments during a feisty grilling on ABC’s “The View,” where the panel of female hosts pressed him on Palin’s religious views, his position on abortion rights and whether he had traded in his maverick ways to placate conservatives.
Today there is a story in the Washington Post, discussing the McCain campaign’s fundamental tactic of just lying. Lying about McCain, lying about Palin. If their lips are moving, they are lying. But while the fault does largely lie with McCain and the Republican party for making outright lies one of the legs of the conservative stool, they have an accomplice in this act.
The Washington Post.
And all the other media outlets who write thumbsuckers like this where the dominant theme is “what to do?” The press has what amounts to a simple enough job: Evaluate claims, research them, and provide the readers and viewers with the results of the investigation. Instead, if the mainstream press were a detective it would say “Well, a lot of people commit crimes” as John McCain walked past with his hands covered in blood.
The mainstream press in this country has decided for a long time now to abdicate their role as a watchdog of democracy. I think that this is just basic laziness, but as others have noted it may be out and out malfeasance or bias. Whatever it is, if outlets like the Post devoted half the resources they do to thumbsucking pieces like this one that throw their arms up in confusion, there wouldn’t be the need for these pieces in the first place.
John McCain is a liar. Sarah Palin is a liar. And the Post should say so. If they find that the Democratic candidates are lying they should say so too. But don’t just sit there with your thumb jammed up your rear wondering where truth went when you helped to do the crime.
MORE: God, these people hate our democracy.