How many of you remember this?
“There’s one other base here: the media. Let’s talk a little media bias here. The media, I think, wants Kerry to win. And I think they’re going to portray Kerry and Edwards — I’m talking about the establishment media, not Fox, but — they’re going to portray Kerry and Edwards as being young and dynamic and optimistic and all, there’s going to be this glow about them that some, is going to be worth, collectively, the two of them, that’s going to be worth maybe 15 points.”
Amazingly enough, that was Evan Thomas, Assistant Managing Editor of Newsweek, speaking on the news program, Inside Washington on July 10, 2004, blandly admitting to blatant bias on the part of the mainstream media.
With all that hype going on, with the media completely in the bag for one party, the portrayal of the candidate as young, dynamic, with a “glow”, that extra 15-point boost from the media — given all that, Kerry still couldn’t eke out a win against that evil Wile E. Coyote of a supergenius idiot, George W. Bush.
Substitute the names of Kerry and Edwards with Obama, include an even more complicit (and curiously incurious) media, and you would think that the Obam team would have this election locked up solid. Instead, what we see is a candidate who is only leading by a few points at best. Remove that 15-point media bias lift, and we could possibly see the McCain/Palin ticket leading by as much as 10-12 points.
Even with the media carrying water, why can’t Obama close this race? Is it possible that there are enough sensible voters left who simply won’t consign the future of their country to an empty shirt? Are there still enough sane people who simply will not vote for this man who would be our king, a tabula rasa with no strong legislative record, no executive experience, an ongoing flow of problematic associates (about whom we’re slowly learning more, despite the dogged refusal of the press to investigate), an ever-expanding pool of questionable donors, and a determination to take your money and give it to someone else?
Could it be true? I certainly hope so. Too bad the media won’t cover that.