|Welcome to Media's "Obamathon"|
"Good evening, everyone. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee for
President, is about to begin a major overseas tour designed to bolster his
foreign policy and national security resume, and help him be seen as a credible
Commander-in-Chief and potential leader of the free world."|
- Katie Couric kicking off the July 18 CBS Evening News.
Senior political correspondent Jeff Greenfield: "He [Obama] doesn't have to
equal McCain in that stature, he just has to make voters seem like he's okay, he
knows what he's talking about."
"Tonight you're going to be seeing the very first pictures of presidential
candidate Barack Obama overseas with U.S. troops. Those are stills that you're
looking at behind me that we've been getting from this trip by this junior U.S.
Senator, a trip that seems to be captivating the rest of the world as much, if
not more so, than many in the United States..."
"It has been an Obamathon ever since the presumptive Democratic presidential
nominee touched down in Afghanistan. At today's press conference in Amman, a
throng of reporters recorded his every move. In total, 200 journalists requested
seats on 'Air Obama' - 40 of them were accepted. The bill for the trip? About
|Awesome Shot, Senator|
- Fill-in anchor Forrest Sawyer over video of Obama shooting hoops, July 19 CBS Evening News.
|How Will You Cope With Our Bias?|
"You know, when you have the network anchors chasing your opponent across the
Middle East, it's a little hard to make news. What is your strategy to get folks
to pay attention to your message over the next couple of days?"|
- CBS's Harry Smith to Republican presidential candidate John McCain on The Early Show, July 21.
|Shooting Themselves In the Foot?|
"I think that we have inadvertently or otherwise put our thumb on the scale and
there could be a big backlash against news organizations if this trend
- Washington Post media writer and CNN host Howard Kurtz suggesting the networks have spent too much time covering Obama, CNN's Reliable Sources, July 20.
|Please Don't Mock Barack!|
"The thing about this particular cartoon is that I think for the people who
really already believe that Barack Obama is Muslim...this will maybe
reinforce that fear. They - I don't think they'll see that as satire....So
is The New Yorker at some point going to do a similar wild
interpretation of the rumors about John McCain, or have him holding his wife
as a trophy, stepping on his ex-wife?"|
- CBS contributor Nancy Giles talking about The New Yorker's cartoon about the Obamas, July 15 Early Show.
|We Get It, But Dumb Public Won't|
"You know you can say, on a sophisticated level, that everybody gets the joke.
But people who see that picture of him [Barack Obama] in the turban and his wife
carrying an AK-47 and the big picture, a loving picture of Osama Bin Laden, an
American flag burning in the fireplace - I'll bet you any money that the right
will be using that as T-shirt material within the next couple of weeks."|
- MSNBC's Chris Matthews talking about The New Yorker cartoon on Hardball, July 14.
|Run, Al, Run!|
- NBC's Tom Brokaw to Al Gore, July 20 Meet the Press.
|Hitting the Panic Button|
"The economic vice tightens. Inflation soars as Americans sweat their
bills....We wish we didn't sound like a broken record, but once again tonight
there is troubling economic news. Americans are getting it from all sides. From
inflation...to the mortgage mess...and the banking crisis."|
- CBS's Katie Couric opening the July 16 Evening News.
are gyrating, inflation is rising, banks are closing. Consumer pessimism is at
an all-time high....How much trouble are we in? How long are we going to be in
trouble? Is it grave?...My house is falling apart, the real estate mortgage
companies may be in trouble, and now I hear about possible bank failures. And
the stock market is tanking....Where do you put your money that you know it's
safe? Under the mattress?"
|Victims of Greedy Oil Companies|
"According to a recent survey of Meals on Wheels programs around the country,
58 percent have lost volunteers due to rising gas prices....In one rural
California case, according to the president of Meals on Wheels nationwide,
cutting back from daily deliveries to one every 14 days proved fatal. Two
seniors were found dead."|
- Reporter Kelly Wallace on CBS's The Early Show, July 9.
|Chris "Thrilled" by Pro-Obama Poll|
"The NBC News political unit has some brand new battleground maps on the fight
for the White House. Let's check in with NBC News political director Chuck Todd.
Chuck, dazzle us right now, will ya? Because I'm thrilled with this - Obama's
strength in the Northeast, the West Coast and the Great Lakes."|
- Host Chris Matthews discussing polls showing Obama leading McCain, on MSNBC's Hardball, July 9.
|Vote for Obama or You're a Racist?|
Katie Couric: "In the latest CBS News/New York Times poll,
55 percent of whites believe race relations are good, but only 29 percent of
blacks feel that way....Jeff, in our recent poll, it showed that John McCain had
a slim lead over Barack Obama when it came to favorable ratings among white
voters. Is there any way to determine if race is playing a role in those numbers
CBS's Jeff Greenfield: "I really don't think so. White voters have tended to vote Republican for the last 44 years."
- CBS Evening News, July 16.
|NYT Submits Its List of Demands|
"It would be terrific to have an article from Senator McCain that mirrors
Senator Obama's piece. To that end, the article would have to articulate, in
concrete terms, how Senator McCain defines victory in Iraq. It would also have
to lay out a clear plan for achieving victory - with troops levels, timetables
and measures for compelling the Iraqis to cooperate. And it would need to
describe the Senator's Afghanistan strategy, spelling out how it meshes with his
- New York Times op-ed editor David Shipley, a former Clinton speechwriter, on July 21 explaining why he rejected an Iraq op-ed from McCain after running a piece on July 14 from Obama about his Iraq plans.
|Ginsburg No Liberal?|
"[Supreme Court] nominations get in trouble when the President tries to use them
to push beyond the boundaries of the existing political consensus. That was the
Bork nomination problem. It was also the first Bush administration's problem
with the Clarence Thomas nomination - which of course succeeded, unlike the Bork
nomination, but succeeded only barely and after a rough fight. By contrast,
President Clinton played to the center, not the left, in selecting Ruth Bader
Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer."|
- Retiring New York Times Supreme Court reporter Linda Greenhouse in an online chat with readers, July 14.