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You Go To An Election With The Media You Have

By The Reverend Published: July 5, 2008

Not the media you would like to have.

John McCain is not a great candidate for the Republican Party's presidential aspirations this year. Faithful GOP members admit that. Some even more honest GOP'ers think that Barack Obama is a pretty good candidate for the Democratic Party's presidential aspirations.

The mainstream media is out to change that.....anyway they can. The media, is, after all, as Chrissy Matthews from Hardball infamy stated...."McCain's base."

Here is what Barack Obama said Thursday about his upcoming trip to Iraq....

“I am going to do a thorough assessment when I’m there,” he said. “I’m sure I’ll have more information and continue to refine my policy.”

Here's the Associated Press's next sentence after Obama's quote....

He left the impression that his talks with military commanders there could refine his promise to remove U.S. combat troops within 16 months of taking office.

Did Obama say that he would "refine his promise" or "refine my policy"? Which one of those two phrases did he utter? Obama's "promise", in context, would be his plan to remove our military presence from Iraq over a 16 month period. Obama said nothing, whatso-freaking-ever, about refining his promise to Americans to end our military occupation of Iraq. Nothing. The sentence by the AP is not only completely erroneous but also biased....I suppose in an attempt, by McCain's media base, to help ol' Johnny Mac with his lackluster showing thus far.

The AP took "refine my policy" and turned it into "refine his promise". Often I have suggested that the media's bias towards conservatives and the GOP is subtle. The art of deception isn't practiced with sledgehammer-like tools. The art of deception is slithery, often undetectable, like snakes quietly moving about. Gentle twisting and turning and redacting and reworking virtually anything said by a progressive....and attempting to turn that into something nefarious or irresponsible.

The following is what media bias towards Republican establishment types sounds like....

During his presidential campaign, Obama has gone from the hard-edged, vocal opposition to Iraq that defined his early candidacy to more nuanced rhetoric. He has said that if al-Qaida builds bases in Iraq, he would keep troops either in the country or the region to carry out “targeted strikes.”

Has Obama really changed his Iraq position by now using "more nuanced rhetoric"? What difference is there between Obama's early "hard edged, vocal opposition" to Bush's war and occupation of choice and Obama's position now? None, of course,....but the AP writer really, really enjoys those doughnuts on the Bullsh*t Express....

“I have said throughout this campaign that this war was ill-conceived, that it was a strategic blunder and that it needs to come to an end,” he said. “I have also said I would be deliberate and careful about how we get out. That position has not changed. I am not searching for maneuvering room with respect to that position.”

John McCain only has one perceived strong political suit...and that is supposed to be his military and foreign policy experience. Experience that led Johnny Mac to enthusiastically embrace the neo-conservative extremity known as the Bush pre-emptive war doctrine....which as most folks know (68%).....has been a raging failure with no end in sight. McCain, while not suggesting we take casualties in Iraq forever.....still embraces a never-ending military presence....some 58 permanent bases....in the Muslim country sitting atop that ocean of oil.

Barack Obama spoke out against the Iraq imperialistic adventure and has promised to carefully end our involvement there on becoming president. Those have been the clear distinctions between McCain and Obama from the beginning of the primaries. Nothing has changed. The AP writer is doing his best "doughnut run", so to speak, for McCain....by creating stuff out of whole cloth. Making sh*t up.

In spite of the fact that Obama said, "that position has not changed", about getting U.S. military out of Iraq, the AP headers their very next paragraph this way...

Obama says 16-month timeline could slip

The attempt here by main media is to put words into Obama's mouth, if need be, to color him as a chameleon politician. It's literally outrageous when McCain's 3 dozen recent flip-flops on policy issues are taken into consideration. But you see, Johnny Mac was a POW, and that teflonizes him from any criticisms over what "straight talk", you know, actually says.

Obama was emphatic in response to the AP's real time revisionism and the McCain campaign's nonsense....

He promised to summon the Joint Chiefs of Staff on his first day in office “and I will give them a new mission and that is to end this war, responsibly and deliberately, but decisively.”

“My goal is to end this conflict as soon as possible.”

“I continue to believe that it is a strategic error for us to maintain a long-term occupation in Iraq..."Link

To sentient beings this all seems clear....McCain wants to stay in Iraq....Obama doesn't. American's, by 2-1, align themselves with Obama on this issue.

And that's why the AP and moronic media must try to tell us just the opposite.

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