1. “Barack Obama wore a flag lapel pin during the first debate and John McCain did not, for those who monitor patriotic accessorizing,” Zay Smith notes in his Sun-Times Quick Takes column today.
Maybe both candidates were trolling for crossover votes.
2. “Forty-six percent of American voters are still unable to correctly identify Barack Obama as a Christian,” Smith also writes.
Yeah, but that’s a higher percentage of Republicans who identify John McCain as a Christian.
3. “The people of Cook County need a state’s attorney who is ready to run the office now, not someone ready to learn on the job,” the Sun-Times writes today in its endorsement of Anita Alvarez for Cook County State’s Attorney.
Experience will be much less important when the paper endorses Barack Obama for president – just as it was when the paper endorsed Obama over Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary.
Posted in Division Street, Presidential Poop, Punditocracy
Tagged Al Gore, Anita Alvarez, Barack Obama, Christopher Hitchens, Cook County, Division Street, flag pins, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Mary Mitchell, Sun-Times, Tony Peraica, Willie Horton
The Internet has been around a long time now – long enough to threaten the survival of many newspapers, including the Sun-Times – and yet, the traditional media still largely has a cornpoke view toward the dangfangled technology. And these are the people begging for your trust and patronage?
Consider the editorial “Web Enables Obama To Confront Rumors Head-On” in the Dim One today.
By that title, you’d think this would be a piece appreciating the use of the Web to combat scurrilous smears – a tool not available to, say, those smeared by Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s; or to poor Edmund Muskie in 1968, who, like Hillary Clinton, never really cried; or to Nixon’s enemies in the 1970s and Michael Dukakis in the 1988 campaign and so on.
But no. This, instead, is another tired rant against the Internet. Let’s take a closer look at the complete lack of rational thinking emanating from the geniuses at the Sun-Times.
“For several weeks, a scurrilous rumor about Michelle Obama has wafted through the blogosphere with an awful stench.”
Note the correlation of the blogosphere with a place reeking of an awful stench. How does that explain Rush Limbaugh and Bob Beckel?
Maybe the Sun-Times ought to rail against the radiosphere and TVsphere.
“But you didn’t hear about it in this newspaper for the best of reasons: Not a shred of evidence said it was true.”
The Sun-Times no problem publishing a Christopher Hitchens column a few months ago, though, stating as fact that Bill Clinton was a rapist. (And where is the S-T’s outrage at WTTW for allowing a local author to state that Bill Clinton “is dating” on Chicago Tonight recently without proof?)
Posted in Dumb Ideas, Moral Dilemmas, Public Service Announcement, Punditocracy
Tagged Art Petacque, Barack Obama, blogosphere, Edmund Muskie, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Joseph McCarthy, Mary Mitchell, Michael Dukakis, Michael Sneed, Michelle Obama, Robert Novak, Sun-Times, Swift Boat