Friday, July 11, 2008

Obama’s Endless Media Pass

I hate to sound like some of these right-wing cranks on the radio that complain about media bias non-stop, but this kind of thing is really starting to get on my nerves. The HomeSickAmerican gave me the heads up to this story about a piece done by Martha Raddatz for ABC news. She was doing a story in Iraq, and asked a group of 60 soldiers who they would be voting for this election. 54 said McCain, 3 Obama, and 2 Clinton. So it was rather surprising when ABC aired the piece, there was “a dissertation on McCain’s trip and speech, ABC showed 5 GI’s being asked by Raddatz how they were going to vote in November; 3 for Obama and 2 for Clinton … no mention of the 54 for McCain.”

If factual, than this is truly shameless. Why bother reporting the facts, lets just make another fluff piece for the media’s favorite candidate!

5 comments:

Daniel Stark said...

If this is true, that is really sad and extremely bias. But it happens when a candidate is favored more by the journalists covering a campaign race.

The best thing to do is keep going to http://www.newsbusters.org/ and http://mediamatters.org/ both and determine for yourself whether some piece of news has a legitimate bias.

kellie said...

Ha! Have you been reading Doonesbury this week?

Roland Dodds said...

Hey Kellie, I hadn’t read that. I generally give comics a pass in the politics department because…..I like comics I guess. Lord knows there have been plenty of moments where I didn’t like the basic message of a piece, but I still kept reading it. So I can’t get too angry over them.

kellie said...

Hi Roland,
I had a bit of difficulty finding the ABC News item this referred to at first - the search facility on their site is awful. But thanks to Google, here it is:

http://abcnews.go.com/WN/story?id=4244798

There are quite a few comments attached to the story quoting these allegations, but no response yet.

kellie said...

Martha Raddatz's denial of the rumour is on the Snopes.com page for this story:

http://www.snopes.com/politics/war/raddatz.asp

It points to at least one aspect of the rumour email which is wrong: she wasn't accompanying a McCain trip to Iraq, it was a Dick Cheney trip.