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McCain campaign systematically targets news media

September 14, 2008

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— Republicans were already fired up for John McCain and Sarah Palin last week when Fred Thompson took the stage here to turn up the heat a little more - with a full-throated attack on the media as a co-conspirator with the Democrats in an effort to smear and destroy Palin.

"This woman is undergoing the most vicious assault that anybody has ever seen in public life," Thompson said.

A half-hour later, the Republicans lined Old Lee Highway to watch the campaign motorcade pull away. As McCain and Palin rolled by, they cheered. As the press van approached a second later, they booed.

It was no accident.

Ever since McCain chose the largely unknown Palin as his running mate, his campaign has waged an intensive assault on the news media.

Capitalizing on errors, rumors and perceived sexism in the frenzied first round of reporting on Palin, the McCain campaign has taken advantage of a changing media landscape, grouping together blogs and supermarket tabloids with mainstream newspapers and television to tar the media as one corrupt monolith, stirring up the conservative base and working to pressure the media from further aggressive reporting on Palin.

The campaign insists that it was only trying to back off a sloppy and irresponsible media.

"Our campaign would much rather prefer to aim our criticisms at our opponent's record of inexperience than the shortcomings and misrepresentations that appear in the media," said McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds.

"But when the reputation and good standing of our candidate or running mate are on the line, we are going to point out unfair and inappropriate coverage."

There was some mistaken and controversial coverage - some from the new media, some from the old.

The liberal Daily Kos Web site, for example, posted an item the day Palin's selection was announced speculating that she hadn't actually given birth to a fifth child this year and that the baby was really her daughter's.

That prompted media inquiries to the campaign asking if it were true, which in turn moved Palin to announce that her daughter was pregnant.

There were arguably sexist comments from such journalists as Sally Quinn of The Washington Post questioning whether Palin, as a mother of young children, could or should handle the job.

There were flat-out mistakes, such as The New York Times report that Palin had been a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, which pushed for a vote to secede from the union. She hadn't been, though her husband, Todd, had.

Some of the tabloid coverage got a boost from the McCain camp itself. During the convention, the campaign put out a statement denouncing the National Enquirer for a story that accused Palin of having an extramarital affair. Some Web sites wrote about the allegation based on the campaign's statement, which was distributed Sept. 3, two days before the Enquirer story was distributed.

That was an ironic reversal for conservatives. Weeks before, conservatives lambasted the news media for not picking up an Enquirer story on an affair by Democrat John Edwards - allegations that Edwards later admitted. Now they demanded that the media ignore the Enquirer's Palin story - then blamed the media collectively anyway.

"The smearing of the Palin family must end," McCain communications guru Steve Schmidt said in that statement. "The efforts of the media and tabloids to destroy this fine and accomplished public servant are a disgrace."

But the McCain camp didn't push back only against those media flubs. It moved seamlessly against many legitimate questions posed about Palin's record and experience.

When CNN pressed a McCain spokesman to identify an example of Palin's experience commanding the Alaska National Guard, one of her bragging points, the campaign retaliated by ruling out a McCain interview with Larry King.

It turned out that Palin never has commanded the Alaska National Guard to do anything, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

When other reporters asked questions about Palin's experience, McCain's campaign accused the media of being sexist, charging that "nobody" had ever asked about Barack Obama's experience, despite thousands of articles mentioning Obama's relative inexperience.

Even the Obama campaign complains about media coverage, sometimes in pointed calls to reporters. Adviser Robert Gibbs calls it "working the ref" to get more favorable coverage.

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jafs 5 years, 7 months ago

The disturbing thing to me about both sides right now is that they are very good at pointing out the other's bias and very bad at seeing their own.

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BuffyloGal 5 years, 7 months ago

Even the grandson of the original Maverick, the guy who wouldn't brand his herds, and many think did so to claim any lost animal as his own, the man for whom we have the nickname, says McCain is a pale imitation to the original and laughed off the idea. Of course, this was on NPR which is some liberal lefty radio station so you can't believe any of it.

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couranna1 5 years, 7 months ago

mccant a "maverick" Since when did that word mean sheep

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couranna1 5 years, 7 months ago

Mixolydian any way you slice it this is not god's war and he has nothing to do with an illegal immoral brought about by a madman bushie america has no right to plow their influence on the Iraqi people and good for them for fighting back but bushies buddies are getting richer so it's cool and he knows he can fly that patriotic and religious not spiritual but religious crap and fools will eat it up mccant an palin want to ride that same wave Sorry couldn't buy the old version or this new one

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

"Pray that what we're doing is God's will. Not that what we're doing in Iraq is God's will. HUGE difference, theologically and politically. If you can't see the difference it's because you choose not to."If it's such a huge difference, then you can explain it, rather than just repeat the nearly identical statements and assert that they are different.

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madmike 5 years, 7 months ago

Well Bozo, you can put a cowboy hat on an anarchist, but he is still an anarchist!

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Mixolydian 5 years, 7 months ago

Gibson: "You said recently, in your old church, "Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God." Are we fighting a holy war? "Here's the actual quote in context:"Pray for our military men and women, who are striving to do what is right also for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending them out on a task that is from God--that's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God's plan. So bless them with your prayers, your prayers of protection for our soldiers."===============Pray that what we're doing is God's will. Not that what we're doing in Iraq is God's will. HUGE difference, theologically and politically. If you can't see the difference it's because you choose not to.Obama prayed at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, ""Lord make me an instrument of your will." That's what Palin was seeking too. Was Obama being a theocrat or a disingenuous politician by praying this?On the Bush Doctrine, sorry, your argument isn't with me, it's with the the man who actually coined the phrase "Bush Doctrine," Charles Krauthammer. Read what he said here:Charlie Gibson's Gaffehttp://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/12/AR2008091202457.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

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Tom Shewmon 5 years, 7 months ago

I agree, good post Mix.....you get it. Bozo, you need to go to sites that will at least entertain your utter bull$hit. You are out of touch with reality. Gibson looked like a very pissed off principal disciplining a very, very bad repeat offender student. Sickening. He consciously tried to intimidate Palin, and tried to belittle her....suprised ?? Not me.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

"Just compare Charles Gibson's interview of Obama with his interview of Palin. "OK-- At the time of the interview, Obama was one of at least a half dozen candidates for the Democratic nomination, with the general election many, many months away, and no guarantee that he would be in the race by then. Palin's interview came after she had been nominated as the one and only Republican candidate for VP, less than two months before the general election, and most of the country knew next to nothing about her."Palin he did so using utterly out of context quotes (God's plan issue) "Out of context? The context of the entire speech he was referencing was that anything and everything was or should be according to God's plan."and a false premise on the Bush Doctrine. Palin asnwered correctly, "What context? There are several "Bush Doctrines" it's not anything set in stone like the Monroe Doctrine."Utter bull$hit. The "Bush Doctrine" has been quite well defined ever since he enunciated it at the West Point graduation speech in 2002. Anyone who knows anything about the foreign policy of BushCo knows exactly what it means. She didn't. If you're comfortable with a VP who is ignorant of such things, you get one vote, so cast in however you want. But don't try to portray Palin as anything but woefully ignorant on at least that very important piece of recent history.

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Mixolydian 5 years, 7 months ago

Just compare Charles Gibson's interview of Obama with his interview of Palin. With Obama there was no snarky stare over the top of the reading glasses, no condescending tone. Just softball questions and fawning follow ups. The only thing missing was "I'm Barack Obama and I approve this message."Here's the list of questions presented to Obama & Palin by ABC's Charlie Gibson.Obama interview:-How does it feel to break a glass ceiling?-How does it feel to "win"?-How does your family feel about your "winning" breaking a glass ceiling?-Who will be your VP?-Should you choose Hillary Clinton as VP?-Will you accept public finance?-What issues is your campaign about?-Will you visit Iraq?-Will you debate McCain at a town hall?-What did you think of your competitor's [Clinton] speech?Palin interview:-Do you have enough qualifications for the job you're seeking? Specifically have you visited foreign countries and met foreign leaders?-Aren't you conceited to be seeking this high level job?Questions about foreign policy-territorial integrity of Georgia-allowing Georgia and Ukraine to be members of NATO-NATO treaty-Iranian nuclear threat-what to do if Israel attacks Iran-Al Qaeda motivations-the Bush Doctrine [Per Charles Krauthammer, the terms originator, Gibson doesn't know the definition of the doctrine]-attacking terrorists harbored by Pakistan-Is America fighting a holy war? [misquoted Palin]===================================================No problem asking the tough questions on policy and views. Every candidate should be grilled on that. The problem here is that Gibson failed to do it with Obama, and when he did it with Palin he did so using utterly out of context quotes (God's plan issue) and a false premise on the Bush Doctrine. Palin asnwered correctly, "What context? There are several "Bush Doctrines" it's not anything set in stone like the Monroe Doctrine.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

"Bozo you are such a horses patute."If only I had a cowboy hat, I'd be president.

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Pilgrim 5 years, 7 months ago

beobachter (Anonymous) says:Anyone who considers Fox fair and balanced can not be considered as well informed.******Here, let me fix that for you."Anyone who considers PMSNBC fair and balanced cannot be considered well informed."There, all better.You're welcome.

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ASBESTOS 5 years, 7 months ago

Bozo you are such a horses patute. There are lots of very wealthy Hawaiians, such as the ones that owned the Ala Mauna Shopping center, Hilo Hatties, etc, but these companies were sold of off Island corporate interests, same as the Dole Pinapple fams/producers/plantations. Now all the farms are is tourist traps, and the pineapples are flown or shipped in from the PI.Before you m,ake ignorant statments, and get called onit, realize that you do not have the ammassed knowledge that you think you have. IN fact in some areas you are woefully inadequate.Your response is a typical "hate White America" response, nothing creative, or particularly new about that tactic of spin and political opposition, no matter how far it is from the truth!

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BuffyloGal 5 years, 7 months ago

Today's cover of People while waiting in the checkout at HyVee - the glowing McCain family. They are indeed targeting America at its finest. ;-)

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

Those uppity Hawaiians. Don't they know that only white and Asian people are supposed to be fabulously wealthy from Hawaiian land?

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ASBESTOS 5 years, 7 months ago

"The self-governance (sovereignty) is the same as that held by the indigenous peoples tribes. It has nothing to do with carving up Hawaii, which by the way, was stolen without even the semblance of a treaty."Actually you are totally historically incorrect. King Kamehameha V did not have an heir, and anarchy then proceeded after his death in 1872. SOme in the Island nation aligened with the "european powers" and some aligned with the "native" power structure, and some aligned with the United States powers. This is NOT a case of "gunboat diplomacy" and another "small country absorbed at the end of a gun, as some would have it put. the Hawaiians splintered and like any culture chose the path of certian security and least resistance, i.e. the United States alignment. This went on until the "Bayonet Revolution" in 1893, and then the United States came in to "protect it's interests" and the "interests" of supporters, which included a multitude of Native Hawaiians, namely Queen Liliuokalani, this was supersceded by a power unit with native Hawaiians and business interst groups called the "Committee of Safety" which then petitioned the United States GOvernment for action. Initially the U. S. was working with the queen.And YES an emphatic YES is that Hawaii will be "Carved up" as it is already aligning again that way. Most of those that are screaming the loudest on the Island are natives whom sold off their heritage, and are now suing to get it back by playing the poor little down trodden natives card again.This is not the case. Those that want this to go through, actually want land to be given back for free that was sold by the family over the last 30 years. Why do they want it? They sold at $200.000 per square foot and it now goes for $2, million a square foot.Yes, we are not talking about "putting it back to a nice tropical Island", NO way, this is about having only Hawaiians to own Hawaiian land, and the only ones that can make any money. This is about developments and shopping malls, nothing about perserving the culture or "soveriengty".This is about perserving thsoe Hawaiians that are still used to sucking at the nipple of the United States Government. NOw they want the U. S. to pay for business ventures and development.

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Flap Doodle 5 years, 7 months ago

& we know the relative veracity of bozo's 'word on the street', don't we?

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Ralph Reed 5 years, 7 months ago

jmadison (Anonymous) writes: (stuff) then ..."Sounds like the 50th state will be carved up to form a new government within the bounds of the USA."**You statement has no basis in reality. The self-governance (sovereignty) is the same as that held by the indigenous peoples tribes. It has nothing to do with carving up Hawaii, which by the way, was stolen without even the semblance of a treaty.****I'm me. Who are you behind your hood of anonymity?

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jmadison 5 years, 7 months ago

In relation to Todd Palin being a member of the Alaska Independence Party, another politician -Sen Barack Obama issued a press release in Jan 2008. The former Hawai'i resident and Punahou School graduate released the following statement today, through his local campaign committee: "Hawaii has always acknowledged and celebrated diversity, and an important part of Hawaii's culture is the Native Hawaiian people. For this reason, I am proud to support Senators Daniel Akaka and Daniel Inouye in their efforts to extend the federal policy of self-governance and self-determination to Native Hawaiians. The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act provides both the process and opportunity for Native Hawaiian communities to engage themselves in and reorganize their governing entity to establish a federally recognized government-to-government relationship with the United States. The process set forth in this important legislation empowers Native Hawaiians to explore and address the longstanding issues resulting from the overthrow of the kingdom of Hawaii. As Americans, we pride ourselves on safeguarding the practice and ideas of liberty, justice, and freedom. By enacting this legislation, we can continue this great American tradition and fulfill this promise for Native Hawaiians and ensure that they are not left behind as Hawaii continues to progress. This is an important bill, and if it is not signed into law this year, I will commit to supporting it as president."Sounds like the 50th state will be carved up to form a new government within the bounds of the USA.

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ASBESTOS 5 years, 7 months ago

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2008/09/14/sunday-funnies-lying-king-exposes-medias-palin-attacksWe can do this all day. Here is one from Youtube that has redone the "lion King" with the media as the "Lying Kings".FUNNY!!! And True this Election Cycle!

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ASBESTOS 5 years, 7 months ago

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matthew-sheffield/2008/09/03/campbell-brown-interview-leads-mccain-cancel-cnn-appearanceIt was after the above story that Campbell has part of her show renamed. Looks like the stuck up Topeka * is going to get sent packing with her ratings in the toliet and the numbers of critical emails""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""http://newsbusters.org/blogs/p-j-gladnick/2008/08/30/campbell-brown-suddenly-concerned-over-lack-experienceAnother one where the Topeka girl is now all of a sudden concerned about experience, but cannot fault Obama's "lack of Experience". Media fairness or bias? Bias Definately!Transcript:"BROWN: Mike, just give me a reality check here. She hasn't even been governor for two years. Prior to that, she was mayor of a town of less than 8,000 people. DUHAIME: Campbell, I mean, that's, I think, one of the problems with the Democrat Party and maybe with big media, that you think only smart people come out of maybe New York, L.A., Chicago.(CROSSTALK) BROWN: I'm not suggesting that at all. A lot of people come from small towns. What I'm saying is, she's managed, as mayor and governor, not on a substantial level. I mean, you understand. Look at John McCain. No one has ever questioned his experience, what he has gone through.DUHAIME: Campbell, rightly so. Rightly so, you shouldn't question his experience. BROWN: So, compare the two. I mean, compare John McCain to her experience. You're comparing her to Barack Obama. (CROSSTALK) DUHAIME: Campbell, I realize you're very upset about this, obviously. This is somebody who...BROWN: Nobody's upset about it. But I'm asking you to try to be honest with here -- let's cut through the bull and give me an honest answer. What I think is that she may bring many, many qualities to the ticket, many wonderful qualities to the ticket."

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beobachter 5 years, 7 months ago

Anyone who considers Fox fair and balanced can not be considered as well informed.

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ASBESTOS 5 years, 7 months ago

"Maybe they should choose a different title- like, oh, I don't know, maybe "Fair and Balanced?""You don;t like Fox News because it does tell both sides of the story, unlike all the other cable "news" outlets who have their entire staffs in the liberal tank, and actually campaigning for Obama on the air.The American Public does not like a bully of any kind, and they do not like an unfair fight.The Media is losing the Presidency for Obama.Have any of you moronic MSM cheerlearers seen the Electoral College count today?270 for McCain. That is a net 30 projected loss over the last 2 weeks for Obama.What has happened this last 3 weeks?The MSMS media blitz on Palin.

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ASBESTOS 5 years, 7 months ago

The media is now being watched, and every thing they say is baeing written down and scrutinized.So LJWorld, please quit using AP stories aor "McClatchey Newspapers" as "sources". They are garbage, and left leaning.IT also smacks of ignorant and lazy journalism!!!

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

"ANother media tactic, thinking if they actually label something "No Bias" it makes it so."Maybe they should choose a different title-- like, oh, I don't know, maybe "Fair and Balanced?"

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ASBESTOS 5 years, 7 months ago

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2008/09/14/chitrib-debunks-medias-mccain-will-die-soon-anti-palin-attackOne from the Chicago Trib., stating that the Palin attacks becasue of the McCain dying in office. From the article:"John McCain is 72 years old, and the Social Security actuarial tables say a man his age has an average life expectancy of 12 years. The possibility that, if elected, she would become president any time soon has been exaggerated. """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""'http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2008/09/14/nyts-palin-panic-four-hit-pieces-alaska-gov-one-dayHow about 4 Palin hit pieces in one day in one newspaper the NY Times!

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fuel_for_the_fire 5 years, 7 months ago

Powershopper - My comment to TheSychophant was not in defense of Marion Lynn. I, too, find Marion's posts to be heinous. I just find it extraodinarily amusing that a person, such as TheSychophant, can engage in certain behavior one day then decry that same behavior from others the next.Hypocrisy at its finest.

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ASBESTOS 5 years, 7 months ago

Syncophant wrote:"Tom. Hate is an emotion. Please explain how you were able to get inside the heads of the "left" (and by the way, I am curious as to how you define the "left") and determine emotional motivations."That is rich, you making that stupid statment. Like you do not produce post after post of those "hate filled Republicans"?What a loserand what a loser of a story. Everyone can clearly see the News Media bias, and even the media sees it.Why would CNN have to call a section of the "Election Center with Campbell Brown: "No Bias, No Bull".ANother media tactic, thinking if they actually label something "No Bias" it makes it so. The mere fact that they had to name something "No Bias" shows that thye know the media overplayed their interventions in the media.Americans are on to them though, their ratings are suffering:http://tvbythenumbers.com/http://tvbythenumbers.com/category/ratings/top-news/cable-newshttp://piedmontpost.blogspot.com/2008/09/dirtbag-of-day.htmlOlberman voted "Dirtbag of the Day".

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Tom Shewmon 5 years, 7 months ago

.........Oh and funded generously by George Soros, a billionaire secular-progressive America hater. To the tune of $25-30 million that we know of.

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BuffyloGal 5 years, 7 months ago

When did Rupert Murdoch become a Democrat????? Doesn't he own most of the newspapers in this country and many overseas? Wasn't there talk of him trying to buy The Wall Street Journal? Where is this liberal media everyone keeps talking about?

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Tom Shewmon 5 years, 7 months ago

XD40, in addition, the corrupt liberal media is an appendage to the Dem party and dictates it's discourse and policy, and the far-left blogs steer the corrupt liberal media's agenda.......all tied in and brazen as it may seem, none of them attempt to hide it one bit, the media, far left blogo or Dem party, as is manifested in the actions of their leaders, Pelosi, Reid and Dean.

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ASBESTOS 5 years, 7 months ago

IF you koolaide drinkers on the left think for one minute that Gov. Palin is getting treated "fairly" you are nuts!Go to www.newsbusters.orgSee the statments made in the meida taken in context to "the other side". Questions have been asked by say Charlie Idiot at ABC of Gov. Palin. NONE of those questions were asked of Obama. Gulliani stated so to Harry Smith of CBS:http://newsbusters.org/blogs/kyle-drennen/2008/09/12/cbs-s-smith-denies-pro-obama-bias-giuliani-interview"GIULIANI: Maybe she got herself ready before. Maybe she knew that John McCain was coming in order to ask that question and didn't want to show hesitation. Abraham Lincoln says that when he was going to sign the Emancipation Proclamation, he stopped. Everybody wondered: 'why did you stop?' He said 'well, I don't want my signature to show any signs of hesitation,' so he stopped and made sure it was a very definitive signature. So I got a sense of that. This is obviously a very decisive woman and gosh, that's what we want in a vice president. We want someone who's got some self-confidence. She's got tremendous experience. The whole issue of whether she knows world affairs or not, these are questions that were never asked of Barack Obama, never asked of him to this day.SMITH: That's not true. That's not true.GIULIANI: To this day he hasn't been asked these questions, about travel-SMITH: That's not true. That is absolutely not true-GIULIANI: About travel to other countries-SMITH: That is absolutely not true. Those -- all those questions have been asked over the last 19 months. GIULIANI: I don't know where"YOu idiots need to wake up and see what a bunch of liars the media have become. MSNBC had to sack Matthews AND Olberman, from Election Anchor positions because of their bias. The entire GOP Convention chants "NBC,NBC" when the speech turned to the "elite corrupt media".And they are right.Just look at www.newsbusters.orgnothing but transcripts, and reporters like Campbell Brown putting their foot in their mouth.They can be for Obama, but a little objectivity would go a long way.The McCain camp HAS to attack the Media, the media will not attack Obama, and the Media is no friend to the GOP or Palin.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

And who owns that boogeyman hiding under your bed, XD40?

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XD40 5 years, 7 months ago

The main-stream-media is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democrat party. That's the primary reason to avoid it. Like it's Democrat party owners, it's fundamentally dishonest.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

"You can make some valid arguments bozo, but that isn't one of them."It wasn't an argument-- merely conjecture based on the info currently available.

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beatrice 5 years, 7 months ago

If the media is so liberal, why aren't they asking questions about Palin's American-hating husband, someone who hate the country so much he has been part of the party seeking Alaska's separation from the Union? Media needs to ask real questions, and should point at the lies being told by our politicians.

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Tom Shewmon 5 years, 7 months ago

You can make some valid arguments bozo, but that isn't one of them. Why would she be off the ticket when the Clintons made an art of cronyism---hiring/firing foes/friends? This is done. Of course, I realize you're worried right now and not thinking clearly. For that matter, the corrupt liberal Chicago political machine employs this methodology routinely and lives by it.....Obama included. The liberal bankrupt media chooses their stories.....Palin won't benefit from them--we realize that.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

As more info comes out about Palin, my current bet is that she'll be off the ticket within a couple of weeks.http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/us/politics/14palin.html?_r=1&ref=us&oref=slogin

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beatrice 5 years, 7 months ago

bond: "Charlie Gibson asked questions of Gov. Sarah Palin in a condescending way which he would never ask Sen. Joe Biden."Yes, that does happen when the person you are asking the question of doesn't know anything on the subject being asked. And I am quite sure if Obama had selected someone virtually nobody had ever heard of who had a resume that is as thin as tissue paper, lied about being against the kind of spending she has strongly sought, attacked people for providing community service in a national speech, and was also under investigation for abuse of power as governor, the media would have been just as inquisitive. When done correctly, that is their job. The news organizations need to investigate, need to ask questions. The idea that the media shouldn't ask questions has led us where we are under Bush. Enough is enough. Time to ask the questions.Palin is under investigation for abuse of power as governor! Question I have is this: Will Bush eventually need to give her a pardon so she can remain on the ticket with McCain? The media needs to be all over this story, because she may well end up as our vice president. If she is trying to abuse her powers as governor, what is possible as vp? Ask the hard questions. Let us find out if she really believes that we are on a mission from God in Iraq, and that in Iraq we are fighting the people who attacked us on 9/11, as she recently claimed. The fact that she was for the bridge to nowhere before she was against it (though she took the money anyway, thank you very much) proves that her positions change with the tide. Ask the questions, then see if Palin is brave enough to answer them. Or will she remained virtually off limits? A vice president who won't answer questions -- sounds familiar. We can't afford more of the same.Obama / Biden!

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jaywalker 5 years, 7 months ago

"The headline should read " Republicans systematically make sure media and public focus on anything but the issues":"This coming from the person who posted that pathetic dailykos story on her own blog. Was that focusing on issues for you, Alia?

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powershopper 5 years, 7 months ago

Fuel - In the case of Marion, I don't think that name calling is entirely inappropriate. You should also be careful to take it out of context. I beleive that Marion, to a degree, advocates the idea that the Holocaust didn't really occur. If you infere this idea to a Jew then you might expect him/her to make the inference that you are a Nazi sympathizer. Just my two cents.

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ralphralph 5 years, 7 months ago

The big media really have torn into Palin, and they continued to do it this morning on the Sunday 'news' shows --- somewhat ironically parading out a string of bitter and humorless feminists to do the dirty work, lest they look sexist. The Obama-fest really is confusing, if we are looking at records ... I can't see that he's ever done ANYthing, really. He can speak in full sentences, which would be a step-up from W in the speechmaking area, but every idea that comes out of his mouth seems to involve more taxes and more government ... not what I'm wanting to hear in a time when my freedom and finances seem to be getting sucked into the DC void. Even the big TV stars are aboard, though, as Oprah refuses even to talk to Palin and Letterman gave his full show to Obama (is that a campaign contribution?) and appeared likely to play 'Fellate the Candidate' before it was over (maybe he did afterwards).It's just kind of bizarre ...P.S. to Dejacrew423: you can't have any ants at your house --- they're all in mine.

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jmadison 5 years, 7 months ago

Hilary's pollster and one time campaign manager, Democrat Mark Penn, argued the press has lost its credibility and had been tougher on Palin than Obama. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/09/11/politics/politicalplayers/main4442492.shtml

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fuel_for_the_fire 5 years, 7 months ago

TheSychophant says: "Sorry, but name calling simply doesn't past [sic] muster in intelligent conversation." HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA - gasp - HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Aren't you the same person who called another poster a moron, jackass, idiot, liar, imbecile and a Nazi just the other day?You are correct The Sychophant, name calling is not a part of intelligent conversation. I'm glad you agree that some of your posts are not intelligent.

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Deja Coffin 5 years, 7 months ago

Thanks so much fuel! I will try that

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Bob Forer 5 years, 7 months ago

Tom Shewmon (Tom Shewmon) says: Really Alia? The only issue I see from the left is irrational hatred for Bush and "four more years of the same". Get real:..the far-left propagandalooza has about run it's courseTom. Hate is an emotion. Please explain how you were able to get inside the heads of the "left" (and by the way, I am curious as to how you define the "left") and determine emotional motivations. I don't think a licensed psychologist is capable of drawing such sweeping conclusions. So how are you able to do it. Also, what in the heck do you mean by "irrational" hate? Is that to be compared with "rational hate." Hate is an emotion. Emotions are not categorized or considered by professionals as "rational" or "irrational." Now, intelligent thought may be characterized such way. And in this regard, might I suggest that your post is intellectually irrational. Sorry, but name calling simply doesn't past muster in intelligent conversation.

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fuel_for_the_fire 5 years, 7 months ago

Dejacrew423: Place several whole cloves around the areas where you see ants. They will leave in about an hour. I know, it sounds crazy but trust me, it works great plus it is a safe way to rid your house of ants if you have small children or pets.Back to the topic at hand - What exactly is your point regarding Sarah Palin, alm77?

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Deja Coffin 5 years, 7 months ago

Okay, here's the big question.... How do I get ants out of my house!!!!

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jonas_opines 5 years, 7 months ago

Tom Shewmon (Tom Shewmon) says:"Really Alia? The only issue I see from the left is irrational hatred for Bush and "four more years of the same"."Isn't that kind of the point? That this is all that you see is fairly telling in and of itself.

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alm77 5 years, 7 months ago

Commuter, I can. But posting it here would be pointless. You've made up your mind already. Both candidates have informative websites for anyone wanting to actually look up the "issues" or their accomplishments. In the information age, elections shouldn't take 18 months anymore. (18 months..... that's when this started.... where was Sarah Palin then?..... in her fourth week of governorship.....)

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XD40 5 years, 7 months ago

We 'rightwingers' do want to discuss the issues. We'd like the media to investigate a number of items. For instance: What was the nature of Obambi's relationship with that Saudi financier; terrorist William Ayers; felon Tony Rezko; racist Jeremiah Wright; Louis Farakahn; etc.?Inquiring minds want to know.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

"There were arguably sexist comments from such journalists as Sally Quinn of The Washington Post questioning whether Palin, as a mother of young children, could or should handle the job."This is a perfectly reasonable question to ask of any candidate. That it hasn't historically been asked of male candidates is certainly sexist. That it has been asked of Palin is not.

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Alia Ahmed 5 years, 7 months ago

Tom,You have your blinders on, then. Obama/Biden are talking about the economy, Iraq, and 8 years of failed policies of the Bush administration. Again, you're trying to shift the focus onto "Irrational hatred" of Bush. Why don't your candidates and your party want to talk about solutions to our many problems in this country rather than how victimized you are by the left and the press?Here's your own vice president's take on playing the role of a victim when she is referring to another female candidate. Palin says, "When I hear a statement like that coming from a woman candidate with any kind of perceived whine about that excess criticism or, you know, maybe a sharper microscope put on her, I think, man, that doesn't do us any good. Women in politics, women in general wanting to progress this country. I don't think it's, it bodes well for her -- a statement like that."Maybe you should heed her advice and stop whining.

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commuter 5 years, 7 months ago

Let's talk about this issues. Everyone keeps asking what has Palin done? Can anyone tell me what Obama has done since he has been in the Senate, besides run for President?

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JohnBrown 5 years, 7 months ago

The LAST thing McCain wants to talk about are the issues.For example:The entire home mortgage issue is the result of the conservative policy of deregulating. They "deregulated" to the point of lawlessness. And now, the conservatives are bailing out their mistake with what? Taxpayer's dollars.* REPUBLICAN'T: the party that can't govern, can't balance a budget, can't regulate banks and lending, can't clean up after a hurricane, can't follow the Constitution, can't win a war, can't figure out who the real enemy is, can't keep their promises, can't tell the truth, can't protect us from terrorists, can't keep our military strong and "ready", can't supply our military with the stuff they need, can't take care of our vets, and can't figure out we need to get off oil.--Pay no attention to that [old] man behind the curtain--

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dandelion 5 years, 7 months ago

Are you kidding. The Republicans love this attention. It takes the spotlight off the issues. McCain doesn't want to discuss the issues. What a wimp.

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Tom Shewmon 5 years, 7 months ago

Really Alia? The only issue I see from the left is irrational hatred for Bush and "four more years of the same". Get real.....the far-left propagandalooza has about run it's course.

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jmadison 5 years, 7 months ago

The media is what it is. It took a Saturday Night Live sketch highlighting media bias against Hilary to finally put a dent into the cheerleading of the media for Sen Obama.

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Alia Ahmed 5 years, 7 months ago

The headline should read " Republicans systematically make sure media and public focus on anything but the issues":

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jonas_opines 5 years, 7 months ago

I'm sure you see it every night in your dreams, RT.

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tangential_reasoners_anonymous 5 years, 7 months ago

When will we see the headline:"Tom Shewmon Goes Hyperbolic!"?

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Tom Shewmon 5 years, 7 months ago

When will we see the headline:"Media Systematically Assisting Obama Campaign"

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Centerville 5 years, 7 months ago

They never learn. The Old Media is giving the Democrats another, but prolonged, Wellstone Memorial.

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Bob Forer 5 years, 7 months ago

"This woman is undergoing the most vicious assault that anybody has ever seen in public life," Thompson said. Nah. It is Palin who is assaulting the American people by lying about her record and refusing to meet the press. I find her refusal downright insulting to American democracy. After all, she is running for a job that we, the people,.elect. We have the right to question her during the campaign. Please name one company who will suffer a job applicant who tells her perspective employer that she will contract you when she is ready for an interview.

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Tom Shewmon 5 years, 7 months ago

"And the louder the left screams, the better Sarah seems to do."http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/political_commentary/commentary_by_lawrence_kudlow/the_sarah_surge_in_black_and_whiteBattleground states are tightening up and also congressional races appear to be tightening. Being very naughty all these years is coming back to haunt liberals it appears.

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jonas_opines 5 years, 7 months ago

"This woman is undergoing the most vicious assault that anybody has ever seen in public life," Thompson said.Please. Where had Fred been over the last 2 decades? Maybe he was too busy making his movies to notice that there is really nothing terribly special about the media's treatment of Palin. I wonder how it compares to, say, the Bush campaign's insinuation that McCain's time in the POW camp had addled his mind and effected his judgment, and that his adopted daughter was actually an out-of-wedlock child.Were they looking for a free pass for Palin because she was a woman, or because of her Down's Syndrome Baby? I imagine they knew about both when bringing her in.

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bondmen 5 years, 7 months ago

The big news media is burying itself. Their political favor toward the most socialist candidates is quite clear. Charlie Gibson asked questions of Gov. Sarah Palin in a condescending way which he would never ask Sen. Joe Biden.They've revealed their great bias to those with eyes to see and ears to hear and now it's our turn - switch 'em off and cancel subscriptions to their propaganda rags!

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