Saturday, July 26, 2008

Media Misses Big Story of Obama Trip

The seeds of Obama’s undoing may have been sown under their very noses.
July 25, 2008 - by Jennifer Rubin | Pajamas Media

The media is gaga over Barack Obama’s international trip. They fawn, they cheer, and they marvel. But did they miss the big story? It wouldn’t be the first time in this (or a prior) election in which the MSM collectively missed the boat. And this time, it happened largely at the hands of some reporters who gave Obama just enough room to do himself some damage.

As Michael Dukakis’ former campaign manager Susan Estrich observed, “[B]eing the favorite of the press doesn’t necessarily win you votes.” And sometimes they lull you into a state of bliss, unaware that the sheer excess of their infatuation is itself problematic.

There are several legacies of the Obama trip that will linger long after the pictures fade from memory. Unfortunately for him (and his media cheerleaders), none is positive.

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1. awful ideological bind - re: the surge
2. mistake in assuming international acclaim and media adoration would impress the folks back home
3. snubbing the wounded troops in Germany

Obama does not pass the commander-in-chief test. And if he is successful, the political pundit class will look back on Obama’s week abroad and marvel how they got it so wrong.

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