Reading an article about John McCain’s attacks on Barack Obama today carried by AFP I was able to see a good range of subtlety of media bias. The subtlety ranged from mild to baseball bat to the head. The article, titled McCain camp gleefully mocks 'Temple of Obama' can be read here:
Some of the milder quotes were things like, (bold emphasis added by me)
The McCain campaign has issued a flurry of campaign commercials mercilessly ribbing the Democratic candidate over his elevated rhetorical style, and mocked Obama over a White House-style lecturn he once used.
"They will call him, 'The One,'" the advertisement said, using a sarcastic tone and stark religious imagery.
Then of course we had this little unbiased gem,
The ad features moments from Obama's soaring speeches, taken out of context, to frame an image of a candidate McCain supporters say presumptuously acted as though he was already president during an international tour last month.
Now, I realize I am not coming up with anything novel here and we can come up with an almost limitless list of worse examples. Maybe I was just in a bad mood today but this article rubbed me the wrong way. I have always had a real issue with supposed news articles editorializing. Items like “mercilessly ribbing”, “using a sarcastic tone and stark religious imagery”, “Obama’s soaring speeches” that we’re “taken out of context” do not belong in a news article.
Further, look at the use of stark religious imagery to condemn McCain but the psuedo-religious verbiage, Obama’s soaring speeches, on Obama.
It also does not go without notice that while they used several examples from previous McCain “attack ads”, they didn’t seem to come up with any Obama ads attacking McCain.
So, while I realize I am not saying anything new, I felt I had to unload. I’ll just drink an adult beverage and watch Fox for awhile, maybe I can come down a little.