Maybe Not Such A Media Darling: Obama Ads Criticized By Media

Greg Sargent:

ABC News reports that an ad the Obama campaign released yesterday on lobbying reform excised a quote in which "Obama promised to ban lobbyists from working in his White House -- a pledge the Illinois Democrat seemed to have backed off from earlier this month." The Obama camp responded that the cut had been made for time. Meanwhile, The Washington Post reports that a new Obama health care ad "misrepresents some newspaper assessments of the Illinois Democrat's proposal."

Now if the Media makes a big deal of this Obama is a bad tipper story, then I will know the worm has totally turned. I blame it on Axelrod.

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    he won't call them lobbyists (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Dadler on Sat Dec 29, 2007 at 03:20:01 PM EST
    they'll be called something like enhanced political sales representatives.

    let's see now, (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by cpinva on Sat Dec 29, 2007 at 04:13:11 PM EST
    some waiter, in a rather large eatery, didn't see the entire tip, for both the bar staff and the wait staff, so he/she assumed they were stiffed. yeah, that's a hot source.

    as far as ioway is concerned, who cares? once i realized, from jeralyn's thread, what a non-entity they are, i discovered there are a few hundred bowl games worth watching.

    Larger point (none / 0) (#7)
    by RedHead on Sat Dec 29, 2007 at 04:30:25 PM EST
    I think BTD was comparing the amount of media attention to the Clinton-Iowa-diner tip story from early November, that later turned out to be false.

    I will say, when Obama drops out after New Hampshire, what will BTD write about, regarding the presidential campaign?

    I doubt he's going to "negatively reinforce" Hillary.


    i'm aware of BTD's (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by cpinva on Sat Dec 29, 2007 at 05:26:28 PM EST
    point, with respect to the tipping story.

    as far as the media is concerned, it won't matter who the democratic candidate is, they will rag on them incessently. "inauthentic", "ambitious", "irritating laugh", etc.

    chris matthews will go into inane overdrive, especially if the nominee is sen. clinton. expect to see every crackpot rumor about the clintons given new life.

    if obama, expect to see every already discredited rumor about him resurrected, 24/7.

    if edwards, we'll just have his hair and wealth to listen to.

    this is a given, as it has been for the past 15 years. modo will scribble ludicrous columns about all of them, bank on it. frank rich will go into a tizzy, bet money on it.

    the real question isn't how the media will treat the democratic candidate, but how that candidate, and their surrogates, will respond, forcefully or weakkneed.

    you're absolutely right. (none / 0) (#11)
    by RedHead on Sat Dec 29, 2007 at 05:47:24 PM EST
    And MoDo is awful.  She used to make fun of Al Gore's thinning hair, Wes Clark's sweaters, and Kerry's wrinkles.  

    Worm Farm (none / 0) (#1)
    by RedHead on Sat Dec 29, 2007 at 03:02:29 PM EST
    The big question is not whether they sense BO's impending defeat, but whether and when they stop attacking Clinton.

    Watching the Huck's presser on CSPAN, the "liberal" media is cutting him such slack.

    It's going to be hell if the MSN keeps up their full court press for the rest of the campaign.

    Did somebody spike your eggnog? (none / 0) (#3)
    by joejoejoe on Sat Dec 29, 2007 at 03:45:50 PM EST
    I'm enjoying your embrace of Howard Kurtz, Fred Hiatt, and lunacy.

    This Axelrod ... (none / 0) (#4)
    by chemoelectric on Sat Dec 29, 2007 at 03:53:30 PM EST
    This Axelrod must be a very powerful person.

    The Media... (none / 0) (#5)
    by BDB on Sat Dec 29, 2007 at 04:05:10 PM EST
    Loves nothing so much as blood in the water, particularly if it's a Democrat's.   They loved tearing down Clinton a couple of weeks ago and they will do the same to Obama if given the opportunity.  

    None of Obama's recent mistakes would mean very much if Iowa were still a few weeks away.  The problem is that he has very little time to get back to his message.  But maybe his lead is strong enough to withstand it - he's down, but still up above where he was a couple weeks ago and still competitive - if not leading - the other two.

    Thursday should be very interesting.

    Raining on a parade (none / 0) (#8)
    by koshembos on Sat Dec 29, 2007 at 04:46:13 PM EST
    Don't want to rain on Big T's parade, but it's not Axelrod; it's Obama. The media shots are blocked by Hillary and never get to Obama; she simply is a better target. This will last as long as Hillary is around, once she is gone, Obama is prey.

    Axelrod hasn't done anything the extremely negative Obama campaign wasn't doing the last three months. This time, the stage was more visible and the statement all encompassing.

    Exit (none / 0) (#9)
    by RedHead on Sat Dec 29, 2007 at 05:13:12 PM EST
    I don't think Hillary will be "gone" anytime soon.  If you look at the internal polling numbers, BO will be leaving before Hillary.

    Only Edwards can possibly derail her campaign by winning, IA, NH, SC, and most of Super Tuesday.  That's a tall fence to climb.