Thursday, August 30, 2007

AP puff piece on Sen. Obama

An AP story, written by Nedra Pickler, profiles Sen. Obama as offering "hard truths to supporters." The story quotes a Democratic consultant saying that this shows he "can stand up on the tough issues." (In the interest of balance, AP style, no Republicans are quoted.) Curiously, the story provides examples but the the examples of Obama's "hard truths" on "tough issues" seem to be mostly just his repeating the usual Democratic party talking points. For example, the story cites as examples: (a) Obama wants higher fuel efficiency from Detroit and (b) he wants to weaken the embargo against Cuba. For a Democratic audience, neither of these positions offer, as the AP insinuates, any "shock value."

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