Monday, March 24, 2008

That's the liberal media for ya!

While John McCain's recent ridiculous conflations of Al Qaeda and Iran were reported somewhat in the MSM (though Chuck Todd admits that they let him off the hook in a way they would not have either Obama or Clinton if they had made such erroneous statements), much less was made of it than the controversy of Rev. Wright's statements (even though being right about foreign policy is inarguably more important to the presidency than being associated with some opinionated pastor). But what's worse is that John McCain has received the endorsements of John Hagee and Rod Parsley, who have blamed 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina on American's sin, attack homosexuals, etc.

The argument from the right-wing of course is that McCain doesn't have the "20-year history" with him that Barack Obama has to Jeremiah Wright. But Obama has disavowed with Wright's statements, while McCain has not disavowed the statements of his own crazy religious supporters. Obama also explained eloquently how it would be dishonest to dismiss Wright when he hold such a close personal friends as much as he disagrees, while McCain actively sought the endorsement of right-wing nutjob Hagee for his political gain. And he even called Parsley a "spiritual guide!"

But again, little has been made of this in our mainstream media. Whether the views of these people is really relevant or not is perhaps a different discussion. But if it is talked about incessantly about one candidate, it must be fairly so towards other candidates as well.


Xanthippas said...

I think we can all understand why the right-wing has no interested in this conversation. If blacks want to damn America, well that will not be permitted to stand! But if right-wing protestant preachers wish to condemn America...well, that's really the fault of the homosexuals anyway, whom the right-wing disapproves of or outright detests.

What's unfathomable is the fascination that prominent figures in the media have for McCain. I don't want to downplay McCain's principled stands on many issues of importance to Democrats, but we have to understand that like many politicians, McCain will suddenly have less faith in those principles when they conflict with his ability to reach the White House. Therefore, his reputation for "straight talk" will suffer as well...but you wouldn't know it watching people in the media give him a free pass on things he says that are simply unreconcilable with previous statements he's made. As others have documented, there's something of an incestuous relationship with prominent politicians and prominent members of the media. It's sad to say, but frankly they are more like each other than they're like you or I.

How Insane Is John McCain? said...

This might require our media to do some, like, research and stuff.

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

I would hold all to the same standard - the standard of the people and our right to know