Media Madness
July 1, 2008, 3:28 am
Filed under: Politics

Like all else during this election cycle, the response to Wes Clark’s comment today has been out of control.

Paul Krugman, who can generally be counted on for sanity, perhaps puts it best:

But you knew this was going to happen. Barack Obama was the repeated beneficiary of this kind of willful misinterpretation during the primary — remember “as far as I know”? — but it was a given that if and when he secured the nomination, the usual suspects in the news media would turn their fire on him. Just to be clear, that doesn’t make it right: what’s happened over the last 24 hours is just grotesque, and should be denounced.

That said, it was predictable. What I always wondered, during the primary, was whether the Obama campaign was ready to deal with the post-primary environment, in which McCain would be the media darling, and Obama would lose his sheltered status and face the usual treatment.

So far, the answer seems to be no.


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