Further Evidence That Obama Is A Media Darling
A few days ago, Jake Tapper of ABC ran this false story:
ABC News has learned that the campaign of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., has registered the names of two Web sites with the express goal of attacking her chief rival, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. It's the first time this election cycle a presidential campaign has launched a Web site with the express purpose of of launching serious criticisms on a rival.
(Emphasis supplied.) It is false because as the story itself states, no site had been launched and John Edwards launched an attack site against Hillary Clinton previously. No correction has been made by ABC. It is egregiously bad jounrnalism. There is no question that, as Howard Kurtz reported, the Beltway Media detests Hillary Clinton.
But I also think there is strong evidence that Barack Obama is the Beltway Media darling. For example, consider this Obama "attack" site. Think Jake Tapper will run a story on that? Me neither. How about Obama's planted question?
In an online posting Monday, ABC reported that an Obama volunteer wearing a press pass asked the candidate a friendly question about tax policy at an Iowa event. But several of the assembled reporters huddled and concluded that it was not a story, one of them said. Clinton faced a storm of media criticism over a similar planted question.
Of course all the campaigns do what they do as do all of the pols. But there is not question that Obama is the Media darling. Consider some of Edwards' coverage. It has been ridiculous at times. Obama has had almost universally favorable coverage. Some say it is because of the fanatical anti-Hillary bias in the Beltway Media and that it will not last into a general election. I think that only explains part of it.
I also think it will be difficult for the Media to turn on a dime and be brutally against a historic Presidential candidate. Obama is this cycle's Media darling. This is a good thing.
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