QUOTE(Brootsquad @ Jul 22 2008, 09:27 AM)
Ball washing? Or more interesting and newsworthy?
Seriously, McCain's tour reminds me of Bush Sr. when he was being interviewed by MTV and he was a crotchety old fart and came off looking out of step with America and the youth. While Clinton was hip and modern.
Thing is MacCain has had perfect opportunities to take advantage of him being out of the country to attack him and he continues to flub up everything. Have you seen his new commercial blaming Obama for gas prices? People on all sides are making fun of him for that. How about saying that Iraq borders Pakistan? His job this week was supposed to talk economy to under cut Obama's foreign trip, instead he has been making flubs on both the economy AND Foreign policy (which is his main selling point). The running joke is that Obama should just come home now while he is ahead.
Is there news bias? Of course there is. He is a much more engaging character then McCain. Having him on TV sells ads, gets viewers etc. It's money people, not political bent. Now they are able to keep the story going further by discussing whether or not he is getting too much coverage. That should carry on for another 2 weeks until the Olympics. After that the conventions start. The news media is squeezing this for all it's worth. They have made more money and had more viewership in a time that is supposed to be the "down time" of the election. Of course they are going to stay with what people are going to watch.
As for the NYT thing. After reading what was sent back to the McCain camp for the re write, it made sense. They don't just publish whatever someone send them and it is always a practice to re write. The editor's suggestions made sense. He basically told McCain he was not publishing something that was the same old talking points that had been used for months. He wanted something fresh, something that expanded on what McCains own policies would be under specific situations etc. That is what the meant by making it more like Obama's piece. When his piece was printed it laid out completely new plans and solutions that had yet to enter his stump. They were giving the McCain camp a chance to hit back with substance (which they claim is Obama's fault, no substance).