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!


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 and 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:

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 page for this story:

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.