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Thursday, October 30, 2008
Georgia Straight "poised" to report that Dewey Defeats Truman?
Today's issue of The Georgia Straight, Vancouver's weekly alternative newspaper, has let the cat out of the bag about next Tuesday's U.S. elections. A photo of Barack Obama is featured on the front cover with the legend "Our Best Bet: Barack Obama is poised to become the most powerful man in the world. So what does this mean for Canada?"
Their feature story, by Doug Sarti, does qualify the cover stance by noting "if" Obama wins. Yet the fact that newspaper devotes two pages of speculation about what Obama might do as president (such as appointing Arnold Schwarzenegger as Secretary of Energy, for example) implies that the newspaper is acting as if it obvious that Americans must realize that they have to stop guzzling "the Bush Kool-Aid". So, they might as well run this story now.
Although this is not as egregiously obnoxious as the newspaper in New Mexico that reported "Obama Wins!", The Georgia Straight is being a bit disrespectful towards U.S. voters who have yet to cast their ballots.
John McCain, the latest poll numbers report, is catching up to Obama. If he manages to pull off an upset next Tuesday, I'll bet the Straight's editors will wish that they had paid Mr. Sarti a "kill fee" and held the "What can we expect from President Obama" story, just in case. Better to be careful and wait than to look foolish, eh?
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Dude. What do you think an election is about? The candidates tell us what they will be like as President and what they will do. Then they also try to paint a negative portrait of what the other guy would be like as President and what he will do. The idea that asking what an Obama Presidency would be like is somehow new, strange, or presumtuous is to not understand the basic element of election campaigns. John McCain has certainly spent a lot of time trying to tell the public what an Obama Presidency would look like, so why should The Georgia Straight refrain from doing the same thing?
Now you might grumble that somehow "fairness" dictates that if they want to write an article about what an Obama Presidency would be like that they have to also write one about McCain too. Only problem is no one is expecting that to happen, so there is no reason to think Canadian readers care as much as they do about what an Obama admisnistration would be like. To my knowledge, The Georgia Straight also has not speculated on what a Barr or Nader Presidency would be like. That makes sense too.
Papers print what they think people want to read about. Right now, a hypothetical Obama government is far more interesting than a hypothetical McCain government (by an 85%-15% margin, according to Intrade). Unless there is a major electoral shift, speculation about a McCain Presidency will soon be as interesting as speculation about Kerry, Gore, or Dole administrations.
Posted by: Fact Check | 2008-10-31 6:09:56 AM
"Dude. What do you think an election is about? The candidates tell us what they will be like as President and what they will do. Then they also try to paint a negative portrait of what the other guy would be like as President and what he will do. "
So you oppose restrictions on reporting of election day "exit polling" for the same reasons.
Posted by: h2o273kk9 | 2008-10-31 5:23:24 PM
The Georgia Straight is a mind numbing tax payer funded mouth peice for the extreme left wing, spewing their hatred of anyone who doesn't share in their twisted ideology. Just typical Canadian media ideological conditioning. It does work well at the bottom of the bird cage though, or under the cats litterbox.
Posted by: Sean | 2008-10-31 11:50:45 PM
Example? Argument? Anything else? I mean, you
are dumping out campaign slogans but not a bit else. You haven't tried hard enough.
Posted by: werd | 2008-11-02 3:14:27 AM
The Georgia Straight taxpayer-funded? Are you on crack? Ignorant? Or are you, like so many posters on this blog, simply playing fast with the facts?
Posted by: truewest | 2008-11-02 9:41:20 AM
The Georgia Straight taxpayer-funded? Are you on crack? Ignorant? Or are you, like so many posters on this blog, simply playing fast and loose with the facts?
Posted by: truewest | 2008-11-02 9:41:29 AM
My apologies to the crack dealers (truewest), I meant to say tax exempt, like Scientology.
Posted by: Sean | 2008-11-02 10:07:24 PM
Mea culpas anyone?
Posted by: Shaft | 2008-11-05 3:07:51 PM
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