Democrats, progressives, liberals, moderates and independents worried about our country's future, and fed-up Republicans are moving toward Barack Obama. But there is a powerful group determined to stop Obama and put John McCain in the White House. THE NATIONAL NEWS MEDIA. Don't believe it? Check it out here, and then ponder the conclusion of the article:
Let's pause for a moment to review. According to the news media, if you call John McCain a "hero," but say that heroism doesn't qualify him to be president, you have dishonorably attacked his military service. (Feel free, however, to say the same thing about John Kerry.) And if you criticize McCain's Iraq policies, you are participating in "an organized campaign against John McCain's military service."
But wait! There's more!
The media's knee-jerk defense of McCain doesn't stop at their use of his military service to rule criticism of his Iraq policies out of bounds. It extends to (things having nothing to do with) his age, too. See, if you criticize John McCain for ignoring his own pledge to avoid negative campaigning, the media will quickly announce that you're really attacking his age. That was ridiculous, of course, but McCain aide Mark Salter told them to say it, so they did.
You get the picture: the media is on the verge of declaring any criticism of John McCain off-limits -- even when it isn't really criticism. Even when you call him a "hero," but not quite enthusiastically enough.
One of the hallmarks of the Karl Rove era of GOP politics is that the Republicans aren't particularly subtle about their tactics. They tend to clearly telegraph what they intend to do, though often with the slight wrinkle of accusing the opposition of doing what they plan to do themselves.
That is certainly true of the McCain campaign. In the very memo in which Salter convinced the media to pretend that Obama's criticism of McCain's negative campaigning was an attack on the Arizona senator's age, Salter wrote: "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."
Yes, that's John McCain's senior adviser complaining that the media has formed a "protective barrier" around Barack Obama.
I've said it before, folks--if you're a Democrat the national media IS YOUR ENEMY. They are working 24/7 to put McCain in the White House. Let these clowns who are kissing McCain's ass hear from us--loud and clear--that we're not going to stand for this bullshit one minute longer.