Tuesday, July 22, 2008

John McCain: I'm begging you to be more interesting

UPDATE: The more I think about this, the less I think it was a mis-step by the McCain folks. When you yell at the ref, sometimes you get better treatment the next time down the floor. Especially if you've got a point. Plus, Brian may be right in the comments: This could light a fire under some of the "I hate the LIBERAL media" folks still on the fence about McCain.

Nothing like including members of the media in your campaign email blast complaining about the media. From Sen. John McCain's campaign:
It's pretty obvious that the media has a bizarre fascination with Barack Obama. Some may even say it's a love affair. We want you to be the judge. We've compiled two videos of the more outrageous moments of this not so secret love affair. Follow this link to watch the two videos and vote on which one you think is better. Your vote will determine which video we put on the air.

An even better idea: Putting an ad on television in which everyone gushes about how great your opponent is.


Image: U.S. Army, via CNN.com.


Brian said...

These videos, coupled with the fake outrage toward the New York Times from the McCain campaign regarding the "rejection" of his Op-Ed piece is a brilliant strategy if you ask me. The NYT tells him to revise his piece defining exactly what "victory in Iraq" means, but instead of re-submitting the Op-Ed, the McCain campaign turns John McCain into a victim whose views are being censored by this large evil media entity. If McCain's Op-Ed wasn't the same "I stand for victory, the Democrats stand for defeat" hollow rhetoric that Bush and McCain have been spewing for years, then maybe they would have printed the piece without requesting a revision.

However, never underestimate the power of the old "the media is a bunch of evil liberals strategy”, as it has worked brilliantly for the Republicans in the last few elections and I see few reasons why it will not work again. If McCain is perceived as the underdog who is fighting against a media conspiracy to have Obama elected, this will undoubtedly help McCain with swing voters and may be what he needs to get the dissatisfied Conservative base more enthusiastic about getting out and voting for him come November.

Obama is undoubtedly a popular draw and the TV media is a ratings-first industry so they are going to play what pays. You can choose a couple of crappy TV news people and play their little clips repeatedly and you can make whatever point you want to about anything convincingly. If you wanted, you could show that the media is in love with McCain by taking a few clips from a days worth of Fox News broadcasts. It works both ways and this "sound bite mania" as I like to call it has ruined most of the TV news media. It is my understanding that most of the media really likes McCain so it is a shame that he is characterizing the entire media as Pro-Obama, but he has to go with what works in politics, and this is a tried and true strategy for the Republicans. While there are many obviously biased members of the news media on both sides, there are also many objective members of the media full of integrity, such as our good friend Travis Fain. He knows how important his role is in our society is and he does not treat important issues such as politics like a horse race or as a way to impose his own personal views on his readers. Kudos to Travis and other members of the media like him.

Rant over.

Lucid Idiocy said...

But is there anyone who hates the liberal media who isn't already voting for McCain?

It's weak sauce while your opponent is generating some pretty unstoppable images.

Obama is in the Middle East meeting with heads of state just as the Iraqi prime minister essentially agrees with his plan.

McCain is holding a town hall meeting in New Hampshire. Goosebumps.