My Beef With Politico's Top Ten Media Blunders List
- MSNBC's use of Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews as election night and convention co-anchors;
- The New York Times's suggestive but unsubstantiated story about John McCain and lobbyist Vikki Iseman; and
- The MSM's lack of curiosity despite the National Enquirer's solid reporting on the John Edwards affair?
ABC Democratic Debate in Philadelphia: Co-moderators Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos faced plenty of blowback following the Obama-Clinton debate for spending the first half focused on what many complained were trivial issues — his relationships with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers, and his stance on flag pins.
My kvetch is two-fold. First is Politico's description of Obama's relationship with Wright and Ayers as "trivial." Is it really irrelevant that Obama for 20 years sat in the pews of the Right Reverend GD America, and chose to launch his political career in the home of an UDT?
Second, I fault Politico for its deficit in the guts department. If it thinks Obama's relationship with those two men is trivial, say so. But Politico pulled a variation on the Katie Couric "some say" gambit, writing that "many complained" the issues were trivial.