March 3, 2008

HOPEFULLY THEY WON'T EXPOSE HIM UNTIL HE'S THE NOMINEE:

'Soft' Press Sharpens Its Focus on Obama (Howard Kurtz, 3/03/08, Washington Post)

Are the media going to change the environment that prompted Kristen Wiig, playing a CNN anchor on "Saturday Night Live," to declare that she and her colleagues "are in the tank for Obama"?

The Illinois senator still hasn't faced the sort of negative onslaught that generally envelops presidential front-runners. But after a year of defying the laws of journalistic gravity, he is being brought back to earth.

Some of this involves recycled reporting that didn't get much traction the first time around. Within the last two weeks, ABC's "World News" has done a story on Obama voting "present" nearly 130 times as an Illinois legislator, two months after that information was on the New York Times front page. "NBC Nightly News" has followed up a two-week-old Times piece about Obama compromising on Senate legislation affecting a nuclear energy company that contributed to his campaign. A "CBS Evening News" segment reviewed a series of negative points -- Obama's controversial pastor, his ties to indicted fundraiser Tony Rezko, voting present, the nuclear contributions and the lack of a flag pin.


After Ribbing Clinton, Fawning Over Obama (RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA, 3/03/08, NY Times)
Hillary Rodham Clinton is a fashion victim, but Barack Obama? Oh, he’s a good dancer, a cool dad, a regular guy who likes ice cream and chili, and who happens to be a pal of Bono and George Clooney even though he isn’t impressed by celebrity.

At least, that’s the view from Us Weekly.

Three weeks ago, the magazine published a dozen photos of Mrs. Clinton in some of her most stylistically questionable get-ups of the last four decades, and invited her to make fun of the outfits, which she gamely did.

The new issue of Us Weekly turns to her Democratic rival, making Mr. Obama the subject of the magazine’s regular “Is he really just like Us?” feature. In a magazine that delights in skewering people, the man who would lead the nation received uniformly flattering treatment.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 3, 2008 7:13 AM
Comments

HOPEFULLY THEY WON'T EXPOSE HIM UNTIL HE'S THE NOMINEE

Are you kidding? It's now or never. Most probably never. It's an unforgivable sin to help a Republican.

Posted by: ic at March 3, 2008 1:34 PM
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