Apparently, Barack "Hussein" "Isn't he a Muslim" Obama is getting an easy ride from the mainstream media. Instapundit trembles:
"A READER AT A MAJOR NEWSROOM EMAILS: "Off the record, every suspicion you have about MSM being in the tank for O is true. We have a team of 4 people going thru dumpsters in Alaska and 4 in arizona. Not a single one looking into Acorn, Ayers or Freddiemae. Editor refuses to publish anything that would jeopardize election for O, and betting you dollars to donuts same is true at NYT, others. People cheer when CNN or NBC run another Palin-mocking but raising any reasonable inquiry into obama is derided or flat out ignored. The fix is in, and its working." I asked permission to reprint without attribution and it was granted."That doesn't sound good... But is it accurate?
Surely these allegations were investigated ad nauseam in the primary race, by Hillary Clinton's people, Drudge, Fox and whoever else you might like to mention? And is McCain getting bad press now for old allegations, or for new mess-ups?
Media monitors FAIR say its a myth that the media generally is biased towards Obama - but even so I'll bet my pound to your dollar that Fox News have slightly more than four people working full time to "investigate" Obama... If there's real dirt around about Obama (or McCain), it's hard to imagine it staying hidden for long.
One thing lost in all this, surely, is that the media "likes" Obama because he's gone out of his way to be media friendly. He's worked at it for years on the basis, presumably, that "its an important part of the electoral process".
McCain and Palin are getting bad press now because their double act is more Laurel and Hardy than Roosevelt and Truman.
More, it's not as if even the insane and gibbering allegations against Obama haven't been aired in the mainstream media... Take the case of the Republican Mayer who recently forwarded on emails claiming Obama was the antichrist.
"I was just curious if there was any validity to it," he said. "I was trying to get documentation if there was any scripture to back it up."Does anyone in the USA not know what this refers to?
One comment I featured recently implied that Bill O'Reilly had somehow given Obama an easy ride in his recent interview... But the fact is Obama survived it unscathed - so much so in fact that it's vanished from O'Reilly's front page over at Fox.
Let's be serious: if there is dirt on Obama it could and should be aired. It will be aired. But for now, with the world in financial crisis and a Republican VP Candidate who needs to phone a friend before answering basic policy questions, it's hardly surprising that the focus of the media is on new things.
I'll close with Keith Olberman, today's "Smuggest Person In The World", giving Obama a soft slap and ridiculing - again, as it needs to be ridiculed - the notion that Palin's slapstick performances to date have been down to "too much preparation".
Does Obama get a free ride? What do you think?