The McCain Campaign & Media Bias: A Hopeful Sign.

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Mark Salter's double barrel response to Senator Obama's oh-so-subtle shot at John McCain's age (very nicely brought to our attention by Soren here) is interesting for another thing - it brought up the behavior of Barack Obama's most important supporting demographic.

Senator Obama is hopeful that the media will continue to form a protective barrier around him, declaring serious limits to the questions, discussion and debate in this race.

Senator Obama has good reason to think this plan will succeed, as serious journalists have written of the need for 'de-tox' to cure 'swooning' over Senator Obama, and others have admitted to losing their objectivity while with him on the campaign trail ...

Maybe I'm reading too much into this and this would be the last time and therefore insignificant - but if I'm not mistaken, I believe this is the first time any Republican Presidential candidate in recent history has even just made mention of the Press clearly favoring one (the Democrat) candidate and slanting the coverage just so to get him over the finish line.

The media's infatuation with Obama is remarkably blatant - in many cases, e.g. Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews, it's practically R-rated - and it's just about noticeable by the mushy middle both teams need to win.

If Salter's press release can be taken as indicative of a future course of action, the McCain campaign may just have found a way to solidify his standing with the conservative base and also make it more likely that he will get elected this fall.

If McCain, until recently liberal journalism's favorite Republican, decides to, and then successfully makes the conduct of the media an issue in this election, the potential fallout of it could be very ... interesting. In a good way.

I wrote this just yesterday;

... it just might turn out that John McCain, of all people, would be the man to [finally!] make the GOP publicly open fire on the bias of the nation's supposedly "non-partisan", "objective", but in reality 90+% Democratic voting Fourth Estate.

It's possible. Stranger things have happened. Perhaps McCain has finally noticed, finding the cross-hairs on him at last after all these years, no more being accorded that "Strange New Respect™" that the media really is on the other side, and has been all along.

FWIW, the blogger conference calls have focused on media bias. I think the campaign sees blogs as an opportunity to call out media bias by name and article (i.e. NYT). So they are definitely aware of it and they think we can be part of the solution by making a big deal out of it. Since Rs don't seem to fundraise as well online, maybe this is a goal role for R bloggers.

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was treated more than fair by the media. (Funny that you mention Chris Matthews - he called the media "McCain's base") He's not my candidate - I'm not doing the walk back - but he has had numerous benefits throughout the years.

John McCain (R-MSM) has yet to find out what happens to Republicans who get in the way of the MSM and their anointed ones.

"History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it"-Winston Churchill

 
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