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Newsweek’s Fineman: Obama coverage “fawning, to say the least, and with good reason”

My Arizona State University journalism professor would have kicked me out of class had I espoused the fundamental misunderstanding of a journalist’s role that’s come from the keyboards of nationally known “journalists” over the past two days.

Today, Newsweek’s Howard Fineman, in a column about why Sen. MCain is still very much in this race, clearly is unconcerned and unphased by the “fawning” news coverage Sen. Obama has received during this campaign (emphasis is mine):

Obama has outspent McCain on TV advertising three or four to one (though McCain is matching him in some key states here at the end). Obama has four thousand paid organizers in key states, an unheard of number. Most voters think that McCain’s running mate is not qualified to be president. Many people wonder aloud if McCain is in fact too old (72) to be president. Much of the media coverage of Obama has been fawning to say the least, and with good reason. He is one of the most winsome, charismatic candidates to have appeared on the scene in decades.

Still, in today’s “traditional Gallup” Daily Tracking Poll (the one that screens likely voters most rigorously, based on past votes), Obama leads McCain by only two percentage points, 49 to 47 percent.

Fineman’s column follows on the heels of this Politico column by John Harris and Jim Vandehei — headlined appropriately as follows:

Why McCain is getting hosed in the press

Bottom line from Harris and Vandehei is — get this — the biased coverage is McCain’s fault.

If “journalists” want to be advocates, which this election cycle has clearly demonstrated, then they should have the guts to say they are advocates for a particular viewpoint. Their stories and ideas can then be judged fairly and openly in the marketplace of ideas based on that viewpoint.

Transparency and honesty — that’s the least the public deserves.

6 Responses to “Newsweek’s Fineman: Obama coverage “fawning, to say the least, and with good reason””

  • Oct
    29
    2008

    Fineman and most of the media are having a “Bro-mance” with The One.

  • Oct
    29
    2008

    Charismatic leaders are often not a good thing:

    http://www.time.com/time/subscriber/personoftheyear/archive/stories/1938.html

    Before he started killing his neighbors and many of his nation’s citizens, people thought You Know Who was all that and a bag of chips, too. Raised by his doting mother (check), was disaffected by the society he lived in (check), got into questionable politics at an early age (check), rose quickly through his party’s ranks (check), got everyone wearing logos and singing songs about him (check).

    Wait. Who were we talking about again?

  • Oct
    29
    2008

    Godwin is a bit harder to sidestep than that, clayj. But A for effort!

  • Oct
    29
    2008

    Well, depending on how Tuesday goes, Godwin might soon become my middle name for as often as I will be using it to prewarn readers of my intent.

  • Oct
    29
    2008

    Here’s another one of my Rush conversions (there are two now)… hope you like it!

    OBAMA (sung to Rush’s “Tom Sawyer”)

    A modern day socialist
    My, oh my
    Barack Obama
    Why, oh why

    Oh his words are abhorrent
    And yes he acts so arrogant
    His speeches are full of nonsense
    Ev’ry word complete pretense
    The lying

    What you know about his company
    Tells you all about the kind of man he’ll be
    William Ayers, Harry Reid
    Tony Rezko, Rev’rend Wright

    Pelosi, Pelosi
    Tax and spend is fun
    ‘Specially since you all will pay

    Barack Obama
    He looks down on you
    And the cash that you earned
    He will take from you

    Oh his plans are abhorrent
    “We gotta grow the government”
    Always saying we’re discontent
    He tries to hide his real intent
    But we know

    And what you know about his history
    Tells you all about the kind of man he’ll be
    Shades of Stalin, shades of X
    Shades of Lenin, shades of Marx

    Pelosi, Pelosi
    Tax and spend is fun
    ‘Specially since you all will pay

    Enter Messiah
    Barack Obama
    He looks down on you
    The hard work you do
    He will tax it, too
    No fiction left today

  • Oct
    29
    2008

    Yes – I read the Politico.Com article and found it pretty bad. The statement by the Newsweek journalist is the exact opposite of objectivity! And does not pretend otherwise. Awful.

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