To hear Obama supporters tell it, the media has been so delinquent in its duty to scrutinize the McCain campaign of late that the whole election should probably be protested in advance. Funny, then, that Barack Obama has managed to create his new attack ad entirely out of quotes from press sources recently slamming McCain. Over a picture of the Republican nominee, we see quotes from Time, the Chicago Sun Times, the Washington Post, CBS News, and the New Republic attesting to the “truly vile” nature of McCain’s campaign. The ad is merely a 30-second slide show of recognizable media logos and hyperbolic castigations. As further evidence of how uninspired the Obama campaign has become, we hear and see at the end of the clip, apropos of nothing, that McCain “voted with Bush 90 percent of the time.”
Note that nothing in the ad explains to the viewer what there is about McCain’s bid for president that constitutes “a disgraceful, dishonorable campaign”; we are just told that it is such. The media is so thoroughly in the tank for Obama that he’s now able to hide exclusively behind their work, as his own attempts to take down McCain have fallen flat.