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Now that the McCain-Palin rallies are the 21st century KKK cross 1burning, the MSM is happy to broadcast the warmed over hate speak and life-threatening rants of McCain, Palin and low-IQ supporter. We've entered the anything is on the table period of the McCain campaign.  

As I wrote a few weeks ago, however, it won't be the rural white voters who just can't vote for a black man.  It won't be the Hillraisers who voted for McCain.  It won't be Bill Clinton's underwhelming support of Obama. It won't be Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh. It won't be Obama's lack of foreign policy experience. It won't Ayers, Wright or Rezco.  It won't be the POW. It won't be the pretty lady who's foreign policy credential includes being able to see Russia from Alaska. These are all smoke screens to shield the real culprit. Join me below. It will be pretty obvious who we can blame if Obama loses.

It will be their coverage of the republican and democratic campaigns that was designed to keep ratings high and the race close.  It will be the  campaign advertising they accepted with full knowledge they contained lies, half truths and sleazy ennuendo. It will be their willingness to allow McCain to go unchecked for most of the general election campaign because they were his base.

It will be their willingness to participate in the McCain distractions of the week. It will be their obsession with reminding voters that Obama is black through mock polls of white democrats. It will be their obsession with battleground polls that change daily. It will be their silence when they know McCain surrogates are lying. It will be their silence when surrogates don't answer questions. It will be their willingness to loop McCain's unpaid celebrity ads as news.  It will be their silence when uber-elite billionaires call Obama elite. Elite! WOW! That's rich! It will be their willingness to allow the word elite to be code for "uppity," that racially charged southern word that whites use to suggest that blacks have step out of line without permission. How dare Obama think he can be president! Who does he think he is?  

It will be their going along while McCain marginalized Obama's education, legal experience, state legislative and US senate experience. It will be their failure to acknowledge that Palin is NOT more qualified than Obama just because she had the titles of mayor and governor. It is their willingness to watch Palin as a nominee in training. It is their willingness to ask the stupid question: is Palin qualified to be president as if McCain will ever say that she isn't. It is their willingness not to look further into McCain's navy records or medical records. It will be their willingness to give deference to the white candidate no matter what.  To feed into the entitlement mindset of the white candidate. To believe the white candidate's surrogates over the Obama surrogates.

Yes, the MSM will be responsible if Obama loses. Their lack of reporting, inept opining, incomplete analysis and mondane pontificating will all conspire to usher McCain into the White House.  We have got to SCREAM at the MSM to do their jobs and get out of the way. It's not about them.

Take the poll.  

Originally posted to aboyer on Tue Sep 23, 2008 at 04:40 PM PDT.


do you think the MSM is hurting Obama's chances?

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  •  No it won't. (7+ / 0-)

    There is simply no statistical information suggesting that race is a major factor in this campaign as much as some people here wish it was.

    •  We're so comfortable with race wars ... (0+ / 0-)

      We know how to be good'n outraged about racism. The Bradley Effect gives us an excuse to fight familiar battles, which is much easier than navigating the real ones ...

      Denny Crane: But if he supports a law, and then agrees to let it lapse … then that would make him …

      Shirley Schmidt: A Democrat.

      by Jyrinx on Tue Sep 23, 2008 at 05:08:10 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  agree, but I don't think that's the main point (0+ / 0-)

      of this diary.  I took the point to be the trad. media's pattern of giving short shrift to the truth, to allow equal time to the truth and the lie, to fail to correct misstatements said on their programs.  And unequal treatment of the candidates-----every second of Obama's life has been examined.  Troublesome truths about McCain's life remain untouched.
       One example of the failure of our trad. media was on full display today.  Michael Smerconish said on Gregory's msnbc program that Obama would have to forego his middle class tax cuts now even tho Obama made the exact opposite statement at his press conference today.  He was allowed to say it and Gregory didn't correct it.  

  •  If Obama loses (5+ / 0-)
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    sacrelicious, Arken, linkage, csquared, Jyrinx

    it will likely be because John McSame was able to portray himself as more economically populist than Obama.

    John McCain's Something for Everyone Plan: Military draft for youth, SS benefit cuts for elderly, Middle Class destruction, stock market plunge for wealthy.

    by IhateBush on Tue Sep 23, 2008 at 04:42:31 PM PDT

    •  Which implies, by contrapositive, (0+ / 0-)

      that if Obama is seen as more economically populist than McCain, he will likely win. I'm cool with those odds :-)

      Denny Crane: But if he supports a law, and then agrees to let it lapse … then that would make him …

      Shirley Schmidt: A Democrat.

      by Jyrinx on Tue Sep 23, 2008 at 05:09:55 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  It will be low-info voters who remain ignorant. (13+ / 0-)

    We all the capacity to become informed.  Some choose not to do it.

    If your diary is shorter than a Jeff Foxworthy might be a comment.

    by ford prefect 2 on Tue Sep 23, 2008 at 04:43:04 PM PDT

  •  No, it will be us (8+ / 0-)

    It will be the people who wanted him to win but didn't work for him to win. He's got the ground game advantage- it only works if we work it.

    "Alaska is a strange place to go looking for a Vice President." -edscan

    by BoiseBlue on Tue Sep 23, 2008 at 04:43:28 PM PDT

  •  This is Crap. (3+ / 0-)
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    mattman, DigDug, BoiseBlue

    "Don't tell me. I'll tell you. Me and my people are just about through." Nina Simone

    by rhodeislanddemocrat on Tue Sep 23, 2008 at 04:43:36 PM PDT

  •  this is bullshit diary. (3+ / 0-)
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    mattman, linkage, csquared

    Obama will not lose.


    by GlowNZ on Tue Sep 23, 2008 at 04:44:11 PM PDT

  •  nope, it will be prejudiced white democrats (1+ / 0-)
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    who coudn't even get over their issues after 8 years of Bush failure.  

    Shotgun weddings and Sugar Mommas. Republican family values in 2008.

    by duha on Tue Sep 23, 2008 at 04:44:22 PM PDT

  •  No, the Muggles are to blame (4+ / 0-)

    Sent from a Blackberry, a miracle made possible and invented by John McCain

    by Larry Madill on Tue Sep 23, 2008 at 04:44:38 PM PDT

  •  Obama will not lose. Period. (2+ / 0-)
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    mattman, Gut Check

    Diary about something important.

  •  Ultimate responsibility falls on the voters (0+ / 0-)

    No one forces us to believe lies, distortions, and diversions.  Even those of us who are not wealthy need not be ignorant.  If the mainstream media is so bad .. then we don't have to pay attention to them. I pretty much don't.

  •  I'm not worried about a Bradley effect (0+ / 0-)

    and here is why. HRC made it acceptable for "working Americans.....white Americans" to vote against Obama for rascist reasons. She gave them cover, they could claim he was elitist, inexperienced, etc. But what the rascist voter (no more than 11-12% from what I have read) was doing was being open about not supporting Obama.
    Therefore there is no statisticaly significant Bradley effect (people claiming they will vote for Obama and then doing different on voting day) the people voting along rascist lines are already stating their preference in the polls now so when you see McCain's numbers it already includes these people. Even with the rascist vote he is still losing.

    "The fundamentals of my economy are strong" ...John McCain

    by polticoscott on Tue Sep 23, 2008 at 04:58:36 PM PDT

    •  I think there may be an opposite effect (2+ / 0-)
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      stevej, polticoscott

      where people are embarrassed to tell pollsters or friends that they are voting for Obama (because he's black, they dont want to seem politically correct, there worried about what others will think, etc....). But when they get inside the voting booth and noones watching they pull the lever for Obama... sort of a reverse Bradley Effect.

      I dont know how widespread this is, but I think it does exist.

  •  It will also be people like this (1+ / 0-)
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    John McCain's Something for Everyone Plan: Military draft for youth, SS benefit cuts for elderly, Middle Class destruction, stock market plunge for wealthy.

    by IhateBush on Tue Sep 23, 2008 at 04:58:51 PM PDT

  •  It will be the medias fault, but not for the (0+ / 0-)

    reasons you think. It'll be because theyve been in the tank for Obama since early in the primaries, and will have helped to force a candidate too liberal, and too inexperienced for the general electorate on the democratic party. And you can add to that him being black which doesnt help either.

    Then the other culprit will be the left-wing of the party that always wants to nominate someone that is too liberal to win a general election. Those two together, the media and the left of the party, will be who is to blame.

    I think conditions (the financial collapse, the Iraq War, 8 years of Bush republican rule,...) are such though that he may be able to win this year anyhow.

  •  Delete this stupid diary!!!! (0+ / 0-)
  •  It will be Pelosi's fault for taking impeachment (0+ / 0-)

    off the table. I lived through Watergate. There was no real public desire for the impeachment of Nixon before the hearings began. Had Nancy done what her duty required, we could have run the donkey and won. People respect winners, and this congress has made itself look like cowardly losers. Beyond this, the Democrats have been losing since Reagan, because they abandoned the ideology of the left: The principles that FDR attempted to implement. Most Americans, rightly, at this point, believe there "is no difference" between the Rethugs and us.
    (btw: Obama will win.)

  •  It is not Sen. Obama who will loose, It will be (0+ / 0-)

    us the American People.  Sen. Obama has won already - no matter how this turns out.  He and his family can go any where in this country or the world for that matter and make a fine living.  It is those of us who do not have these options.  So, you see, he has already won, as a great candidate, hell of a speaker, great all around person.  What it will say about the american (majority if he loose) people will not be so good.  

    What it will say about us as Americans - bigots (low info voters) - 12  Progressives - 0.  That's what it says.  

    It appears we do not have enough fellow citizens who see the country as we do.  Guess what, the next Dem that runs will be repug. lite.  So it is us who will be screwed again.  

    In the end - I truly believe Sen. Obama will win the god damn thing, inspite of the numb nuts cause my karma can't be that damm bad!

  •  it will Obama`s fault (0+ / 0-)

    He has 3 debates to show what he`s made of.

  •  The Bradley effect w/republicans. (0+ / 0-)

    First of all, I think there may be many more republicans secretly pulling the crank for Obama, despite what they tell friends and family, than racists who say color doesn't matter and then vote white first.  

    Second of all, I don't get the "delete this diary stuff" in these comments.  This person asked a reasonable question in this poll and one I happen to think is very relevant.  "Has the MSM hurt Obama's chances?"  And I would say absolutely yes, they've hurt his chances to make this the landslide it should be. They have given Obama a mountain to climb with their questions and doubts, John McCain--- a molehill.  The good news is our guy is climbing that mountain without panting or breaking a sweat and McCain, well he can barely make it up the molehill everyday.  He is looking older and less able by the minute.  I think perhaps this diarist as is pissed off as I am with the MSM performance.  And I think we should all e-mail the bejesus out of them and keep right on doing it after the election.  

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