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The New York Times' Adam Nagourney shows us all how it is done.....
His remark at a private fundraiser in San Francisco about bitter blue-collar workers “clinging” to guns and religion was the kind of assertion that would be damaging to a candidate of any race. Inflammatory statements by Mr. Obama’s former pastor, Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., who is black, have been seized on by Republicans to present Mr. Obama as unpatriotic. An advertisement released by Republicans in North Carolina on Wednesday included that portrayal.
The statement by Mr. Obama’s wife, Michelle, that “for the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country,” has been invoked by Republicans in an effort to portray Mr. Obama as culturally unlike the people he is asking to vote for him, a historically potent line of attack.
Nagourney is simply reporting on the "news". That's his job. Repeating Republican smear nonsense, of little to no import to American voters, has now become the way "journalism" is done. Knee Pad Media takes whatever smear or slur or rumor or gossip the Republican slime machine produces in their laboratories of lameness, turns it into "breaking news", rinses and then repeats the cycle. That's what passes as 21st century American political "coverage".
And all of this makes it very easy for potty-mouthed, yet patriotic, Saint McCain to seem oh-so-virginal and detached from any or all of it. McCain, as I have blogged about earlier, doesn't have to dirty his neo-conservative, lobbyist embracing, bloody hands.....not when the main media, and the NY Times no less, willingly does his work for him.
So Saint McSame can issue pious and self-righteous horsesh*t like this....
Republican John McCain asked the North Carolina GOP not to run a television ad that brings up the controversial former pastor of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
"We asked them not to run it," McCain told reporters on his campaign bus in Kentucky Wednesday. "I'm sending them an e-mail as we speak asking them to take it down.
"I don't know why they do it. Obviously, I don't control them, but I'm making it very clear, as I have a couple of times in the past, that there's no place for that kind of campaigning, and the American people don't want it," McCain said. Link
"Oh please, please don't throw me into the briar patch." Or something similar.
While media is embedded up the derriere of establishment-right access-to-power providers so deeply and firmly, there is simply no need for those establishment-right figures to do anything other than scratch their behinds and act as though they are oh-so-above all of these "breaking news" dirty tricks.
"..there's no place for that kind of campaigning...", McCain states boldly. Because The Reverend is fluent in Neo-Con Speak....allow me to give you the translation....
"I don't have to campaign like these North Carolina Republicans, there's no place for me in that type of campaigning. Others, who will work hard to insure my presidency, either in the media or in conservative circles (redundancy), may choose to do my dirty work for me....and naturally, I can't stop them and I will most likely benefit from all their nastiness, but it's not the campaigning I will do....because I don't have to.
What I will do in my campaign is express appropriate frustration and "maverick straight talk" over this dark practice....repeatedly assuring voters I am not for this stuff.....while reaping the bounty from it."
A simpler and easier to remember line could be...."I can pretend that I wouldn't say sh*t if I had a mouthful, in spite of calling my rich wife a c*nt"....all because those who do have a mouthful, those I've been incubating deeply in the dark recesses of my bowels, will say it in my stead."
Yep, that translation seems about right.....perhaps the punctuation needs work.