Sunday, June 22, 2008

Media Matters Daily Summary 06-22-08

On Meet the Press, Williams allowed Graham to crop Obama's questionnaire response on public funding
On Meet the Press, host Brian Williams allowed Sen. Lindsey Graham to crop an answer Sen. Barack Obama gave on a Midwest Democracy Network questionnaire about whether he would commit to public financing for the general election if his opponent did so. While Graham read the question and beginning of Obama's answer aloud, neither he nor Williams noted that Obama concluded his answer by saying he would "aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election," which the Obama campaign maintains he did before determining an agreement with the McCain campaign was unreachable. Read More

NY Times reported that McCain is "looking to distance himself" from Bush, but not that McCain has voted with Bush, fundraised with Bush, and praised Bush
The New York Times' Adam Nagourney wrote that Sen. John McCain "is, to a considerable degree, sprinting away from his own party and looking to distance himself from an unpopular incumbent president." In fact, McCain has accepted fundraising help from President Bush and was the administration's most reliable supporter in the Senate last year, according to a vote analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Quarterly. Further, far from "sprinting away" from the Republican Party, McCain has changed his position on numerous issues to align himself more closely with the party's base. Read More

Responding to critics, Dowd reportedly falsely claimed "nobody had objected to her use of" gender stereotypes "about men"
New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd responded to complaints about her frequent use of gender stereotypes by saying that "nobody had objected to her use of similar images about men over seven presidential campaigns," according to Times public editor Clark Hoyt. However, many writers and organizations -- including Media Matters for America -- have noted Dowd's feminization of male Democratic presidential candidates. Read More

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