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The headline and lead of this stupid story say it all:

Obama donors get access to top advisers
Aides to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) scheduled pricey luncheons, roundtables, readings, VIP receptions and policy dinners with campaign officials and advisers, offering donors a taste of his potential administration.

Mike Allen must think I was born yesterday, am completely insane, or that I must be astoundingly ignorant. Otherwise, why wouldn't I think for a second that Obama's handling of big-ticket donors isn't exactly like every other political candidate in the HISTORY OF OUR NATION??

Allen's words smack smugly and specifically of the "media bias" that whiners on both sides (mostly Republicans, of course) complain about almost constantly. The article is an opinion piece masquerading as front page news. Let's do a quick breakdown of Allen's language before moving on, shall we?

Rather than simply provide an informative range of prices, Allen uses the loaded word


Rather than simply use a term such as "access," "contact," or "communication," Allen decides to use the salacious

offering donors a taste

Yummy, right? Allen then goes on to provide a menu of venues and ticket prices for various levels of access to a whole slew of individuals who might end up with positions in an Obama administration.

The fact that Politico even decided to put this on its front page, thus ostensibly characterizing it as newsworthy, just underscores the fact that they are shilling for McCain. Aren't big-ticket donors typically afforded some level of enhanced access to candiates?

For example, maybe George W. Bush did this too?

Or maybe Bill Clinton?

Or Bob Dole?

Or... wait for it... oh yeah:

John McCain.

Originally posted to pablito on Wed Oct 29, 2008 at 08:04 AM PDT.


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Comment Preferences

  •  Excellent Diary. (9+ / 0-)

    Rec this people, the links are quite useful and a total refutation of Mike Allen, the biggest pro-GOP "reporter" since Judith Miller.  He's practically a staffer for McCain, along with Jonathan Martin, another Politico "reporter."

  •  Drudgico .. (1+ / 0-)
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    which is what a lot of us call it .. is financed by right-wing money ... look it up

    John McCain: Bush right to veto kids health insurance expansion

    by Calvin Jones and the 13th Apostle on Wed Oct 29, 2008 at 08:07:02 AM PDT

    •  Politico is a good website (3+ / 0-)
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      denig, TooFolkGR, DBunn

      Politico articles that are negative about John McCain regularly top the rec list here, and everyone loves them for it.

      They occasionally publish a bad article, but lets not pretend that they're always bad.

      Get your daily dose of netroots based talking points over at: Strategy '08.

      by smash artist on Wed Oct 29, 2008 at 08:15:28 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  This Tendancy To See.... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...further than ten seconds into the past or future disturbs us.  Perhaps YOU'RE in the tank TOO!

        --- It's SPELLED "TooFolkGR" but it's pronounced "Throat-Warbler Mangrove."

        by TooFolkGR on Wed Oct 29, 2008 at 08:32:08 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Paranoia is an evolved trait (1+ / 0-)
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          According to the neuropsychologists, there is a sort of little module in our brains that is concerned with "agent detection". Did that tall grass stir because of a puff of wind, or is a saber tooth tiger sneaking up on us? In the evolutionary context, over-detection is preferable to under-detection. We can afford to wrongly suspect the presence of a tiger 99 times, if that's what it takes to be right the hundredth time, but clearly the reverse is not true.

          So the next time we freak  out over nothing, we can congratulate ourselves-- at least one part of our neural equipment is working perfectly.

      •  your website: Strategy '08 is GREAT! (0+ / 0-)

        I wanted to complement you on your Website: Strategy '08

        Not only is it great, the layout is stunning!

        1) Obama will win, and 2) he is going to be amongst the greatest of American presidents -Frank Schaeffer

        by denig on Wed Oct 29, 2008 at 09:34:06 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Yeah, just the other day I was talking to Barack, (0+ / 0-)

    and I says, Barack, why do I have to sit in the nosebleed seats to see you when I've donated so much.  This is a joke.  

    "The man and the hour have met!" Ladies and gentlemen, the next President of the United States, Barack Obama!

    by PittsburghPete on Wed Oct 29, 2008 at 08:07:28 AM PDT

  •  tips (9+ / 0-)

    thanks for reading...

    "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." -- Mahatma Gandhi

    by pablito on Wed Oct 29, 2008 at 08:08:02 AM PDT

  •  The guy is a GOP hack (2+ / 0-)
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    acuppajo, costello7
  •  I'm gonna get to sleep in the Lincoln Bedroom!!! (0+ / 0-)

    You can never sink so low in life that you can't be a bad example for somebody. - My Dad.

    by briefer on Wed Oct 29, 2008 at 08:09:10 AM PDT

  •  I'll say it again: Politico sucks eom (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Politico is a right wing site (1+ / 0-)
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    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.

    by danieladamsmith on Wed Oct 29, 2008 at 08:09:44 AM PDT

  •  used by Rove (3+ / 0-)
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    imabluemerkin, dotster, costello7

    in the Valerie Plame incident. He's no better than Judy Miller and he's probably a lot stupider.

  •  B-b-but... (4+ / 0-)

    The McCain campaign may suck, but the Politico is in the tank for Obama.

  •  I'm so ready for someone to shoot some holes (1+ / 0-)
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    in the metaphorical tank. Can we cut the thing up and scrap it already?

    As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.

    by ticket punch on Wed Oct 29, 2008 at 08:17:26 AM PDT

  •  politico (0+ / 0-)

    I have always felt that Politico, which I don't read all that much, was totally in the tank for the Republicans, but doing that disingenuous thing in try to ACT as if they're progressive. it really doesn't work all that well.
    I knew Mike years ago, when he worked for WaPo, and live upstairs in our cool old apartment building in Old Town, Alexandria. Mike was a work maniac, and never even had time to set up his bed. He was also one of the nicest people you'd ever meet. From talking to him and his WaPo colleague and my former neighbor Ellen Nakashima, you'd never guess their politics, even in social conversation. I sensed they were pretty conservative, though, which blew a hole in my former theory about reporters tending to be more progressive in their politics than not. Okay, even though Mike bought me flowers on my birthday one year, I think the Politico guys are personally very conservative, even though those guys would tell you they had no politics.  

  •  "Matt Drudge rules our world." (3+ / 0-)
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    imabluemerkin, Pandoras Box, Stroszek

    Actual quote from Politico's founders.  

    They ADORE Drudge with a burning, hot love... and they desperately want to be like him.   They prove it all the time.

    Actual excerptfrom a 2004 book by future Politico hacks Mark Halperin and John Harris:

    Matt Drudge is the gatekeeper... he is the Walter Cronkite of his era.

    In the fragmented, remote-control, click-on-this, did you hear? political media world in which we live, revered Uncle Walter has been replaced by odd nephew Matt. . . .

    Matt Drudge rules our world . . . With the exception of the Associated Press, there is no outlet other than the Drudge Report whose dispatches instantly can command the attention and energies of the most established newspapers and television newscasts.

    So many media elites check the Drudge Report consistently that a reporter is aware his bosses, his competitors, his sources, his friends on Wall Street, lobbyists, White House officials, congressional aides, cousins, and everyone who is anyone has seen it, too.

    Case closed.

    JOHN McCAIN = George W. Bush's 3rd term.

    by chumley on Wed Oct 29, 2008 at 08:21:43 AM PDT

  •  He never impressed me as.. (0+ / 0-)

    a particularly deep thinker when I've seen him on Hardball.

    He always seems very squirmy and more concerned about not tipping his politics than about delivering analysis and reporting.

    And yes, his right lean was detectable by my radar despite his best efforts.

    "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain...the Great Oz has spoken."

    by jkay on Wed Oct 29, 2008 at 08:27:07 AM PDT

  •  call me an outlier (0+ / 0-)

    but I don't really see this as something to get worked up over. It's a bit of a silly article in the sort of "big news--rain makes you wet!" vein, but people have to write about something. I suppose an angle might be "he really is just another politician", but that's been done too.

    In any case, most people know that politics is politics--people don't expect there to be absolutely no special treatment (out in the real world, anyway) or access for "friends" of a politician or a campaign. They just don't want things to go overboard--that's when they start getting in a house cleaning mood.

    I don't know about the overall quality of politico's work, but I can't bear to read anyone who is truly "in the tank" for McCain, but I go to politico fairly often, which to my mind means they probably aren't in the tank.

    great ideas+organization+discipline+communication=WIN

    by JMS on Wed Oct 29, 2008 at 08:30:05 AM PDT

  •  They bring Cindy McCain flowers to the BBQs (1+ / 0-)
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    They've never covered her past.
    George Bush CITED them in one of his press
    conferences when they LAUNCHED the site.

    I have no problem with them being conservative.
    Just don't PRETEND you are neutral.

    Drudge,Politico and Faux News are a
    coordinated Echo Chamber.

  •  In Allen's defense... (3+ / 0-)
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    fromer, imabluemerkin, pablito

    I emailed quickly to complain about this and he wrote back within 5 minutes.  He said for us working guys, $28,500 is pricey.  I agree with that; I'm a working guy too, but that doesn't mean he should act like Obama's the first or only pol to do this.

  •  they've been handwringing over at Politico for... (0+ / 0-)

    ...days about "imbalance."

    Said something to the effect that 66% of stories about McC in the last 2 months were negative, while 60-70% of Obama stories were positive.

    Assholes never botheres to explore the idea that MAYBE, just oh maybe, that the explaination for the discrepancy was that McC was being entirely negative generating coverage that reflected said negativity.  Vice-versa for Obama.

    These fuckwads who whoreship at the alter of media "balance" have so divorced themselves from reality they really should be disqualified from public bloviation.  Is the concept that reporters should report actions as they actually occurred so difficult?  Apparently so.  Hurt feeling and all that must be taken into account, dontcha know.

    Dear Mr. President, There are too many states nowadays. Please eliminate three.
    P.S. I am not a crackpot.
    -Abe Simpson

    by fromer on Wed Oct 29, 2008 at 08:42:00 AM PDT


    After writing about the amount of perceived negative stories done about McCain vs Obama.  They now feel they have a duty to sindlehandedly even it up between now and Tuesday.  When did it become wrong for Dems to start playing by the rules of the game.  Whinny Repugs are like I'm taking my ball and going home.  It's a new day Folks !!!!

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