Thursday, February 21, 2008

What's Wrong With This Picture?

I'm going to make just a couple of quick observations about the newly reported John McCain lobbyist scandal.

What's wrong with this picture? Is it that John McCain may or may not have been involved in some way with a female lobbyist? The New York Times (whom I won't dignify with a link) alleges not that John McCain did something politically immoral with this lobbyist, but that he did something personally immoral with her. That his sin was against his spouse and not the American public.

So what's wrong with this picture? Senator McCain denies the allegations. He denies being involved in any inappropriate way the lobbyist in question. He denies having any type of romantic relationship with her.

So what's wrong with this picture? If McCain did do something wrong, that's his business. Does it affect the American people? Maybe. But no more than when "President" Bill Clinton was involved with Monica Lewinsky in the White House. In fact, I would submit that what Bill Clinton did in the White House was more of a sin against the American people because it took place within the hallowed halls of the White House.

So what's wrong with this picture? The media, that's what. I've been watching coverage of this story this morning mostly on MSNBC, and what I keep seeing over and over and over is that the media seems to present this in a light that would have more negative impact than positive on John McCain. They say things that sound somewhat supportive of McCain, but the images that they show are all unflattering images. Both in television and print media, the pictures are of John McCain with a guilty grin on his face, of the lobbyist in an evening gown -- anything they can put on the screen to give us the worst possible impression.

So what's wrong with this story? That we, the American people, allow ourselves to be so influenced by the mainstream media that we would even give this story the amount of time that it took me to write this and you to read it.

Let's move on to what really matters, America.



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