From Dean Reynolds at CBS: Reporter's Notebook: Seeing How The Other Half Lives
“Obama is the big time orator, McCain is the guy who struggles with a teleprompter or even note cards strategically placed nearby. Obama's crowds are larger, more enthusiastic.”
“I would love to have someone from Obama's campaign explain why the entire press corps, the Secret Service, and the local police idled for two hours in a Miami hotel parking lot recently because there was nothing to do and nowhere to go. It was not an isolated case.”
“The McCain folks are more helpful and generally friendly. The schedules are printed on actual books you can hold in your hand, read, and then plan accordingly. The press aides are more knowledgeable and useful to us in the news media.”
“John McCain is friendly and loquacious. Obama holds news conferences, but seldom banters with the reporters who've been following him for thousands of miles around the country. Go figure.”
“The McCain campaign plane is better than Obama's, which is cramped, uncomfortable and smells terrible most of the time. Somehow the McCain folks manage to keep their charter clean, even where the press is seated.”
Given Reynolds assessment, one wonders why CBS is so far in the tank for Obama. With the discrepancy of treatment of the press by Obama and McCain, why does the press continue to give Obama a pass on William Ayers and his embracing of Hugo Chavez’s “education reform?” Shouldn’t it be the press who quotes Ayers from the 2006 meet with Hugo Chavez when Ayers said,
“the political educational reforms under way here in Venezuela under the leadership of President Chavez. We share the belief that education is the motor-force of revolution. . . . I look forward to seeing how . . . all of you continue to overcome the failures of capitalist education as you seek to create something truly new and deeply humane,”instead of Investors Business Daily?
Shouldn’t it be the press letting the country know that when Obama makes an empty promise of tax cuts to 95% of Americans only 76% is currently paying taxes?
Would the press remain silent if Republicans threw hints of riots should McCain lose?
Would the National Media sweep it under the rug if a close associate of McCain’s or Sarah Palins was accused of trying to kill someone’s family?
Would Mr. Reynolds ignore links of a Republican to a group like ACORN who has a long history of voter fraud that benefited only Democrat candidates?
Would the odor of Senator McCain’s campaign airplane take precedence over his campaign donations violating Federal Election Laws, including potential illegal foreign contributions?
All of the gaffes, the arrogance, the contradictions, the unbelievable promises, the lack of experience remain heavily under-reported in the National Media while a report of the smell of Obama’s plane seems to be the heaviest hitting report made by the media.
What else should we surmise but the media is in the tank for Obama?
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am sure I will rest much easier knowing that Dean Reynolds remains on top of such an important story as “McCain treats the press better” and his “plane smells better.”
Where was this deep hard hitting journalism when Nixon needed it?