March 3, 2008

EVEN MICHAEL DUKAKIS HAD BEEN A GOVERNOR:

Deliverance or Diversion? (PAUL KRUGMAN, 3/03/08, NY Times)

What we do know is that Mr. Obama has never faced a serious Republican opponent — and that he has not yet faced the hostile media treatment doled out to every Democratic presidential candidate since 1988.

Yes, I know that both the Obama campaign and many reporters deny that he has received more favorable treatment than Hillary Clinton. But they’re kidding, right? Dana Milbank, the Washington Post national political reporter, told the truth back in December: “The press will savage her no matter what ... they really have the knives out for her, there’s no question about it ... Obama gets significantly better coverage.”

If Mr. Obama secures the nomination, the honeymoon will be over as he faces an opponent whom much of the press loves as much as it hates Mrs. Clinton. If Mrs. Clinton can do nothing right, Mr. McCain can do nothing wrong — even when he panders outrageously, he’s forgiven because he looks uncomfortable doing it. Honest.

Bob Somerby of the media-criticism site dailyhowler.com predicts that Mr. Obama will be “Dukakised”: “treated as an alien, unsettling presence.” That sounds all too plausible.


Not least because Mr. Krugman himself seems rather unsettled.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 3, 2008 7:27 AM
Comments
What we do know is that Mr. Obama [...] has not yet faced the hostile media treatment doled out to every Democratic presidential candidate since 1988.

That's the kind of hard-hitting analysis that got this guy on Times Select for a few consecutive months!

Posted by: Matt Murphy at March 3, 2008 11:24 PM
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