Monday, August 25, 2008

McCain-Embedded Media Enjoy Cozy Barbecue At 15-20 Acre Sedona Estate

The Los Angeles Times (7/27/08) reported, "The Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University, where researchers have tracked network news content for two decades, found that ABC, NBC and CBS were tougher on Obama than on Republican John McCain during the first six weeks of the general-election campaign."

The article, "In Study, Evidence of Liberal-Bias Bias," continues: "During the evening news, the majority of statements from reporters and anchors on all three networks are neutral, the center found. And when network news people ventured opinions in recent weeks, 28% of the statements were positive for Obama and 72% negative.

"Network reporting also tilted against McCain, but far less dramatically, with 43% of the statements positive and 57% negative, according to the Washington-based media center."

Bear these statistics in mind while watching the video above featuring Meghan McCain, daughter of the Republican presidential candidate. Meghan's offers "Musings and Pop Culture on the Political Trail."

The video, "Sedona Surprises," posted on YouTube on 3/9/08, features Meghan's perky comments on the McCains' barbecue for the press. Dad grilled "his famous grilled ribs and chicken" for media members who "really relaxed" with the McCains before going forth months later to issue more positive comments on the fun-loving GOP candidate than on his opponent. The delicious grub is no doubt a perk for those media members who are embedded with the McCain camp.

For those wondering which one of the many McCain homes set the scene for the event, the opening shot verifies that it was the Sedona multi-home estate, on 15-20 acres of land.

Meghan's written introduction to the video captures the good times and coziness between the media and the McCains at their barbecue:

"I know that so many of you really enjoyed our photo gallery from the BBQ event in Sedona for members of the media. We think you're going to love this video. Watch for Dad being dangerous on the grill with his tongs, Mom's humor, us rocking out in the car and of course, all the unexpected silliness. Enjoy!"


Jennifer Roland said...

I am a firm believer that the liberal media bias is a lie invented to coalesce conservatives as a repressed group.

However, I also believe that you find what you look for when you study the media. Democrat Orson Scott Card was able to point to evidence that the media were favoring Obama. which he described in his Open Letter to Journalists:

It's no wonder people think we liberals don't get along!

Jeff Tone said...

Jennifer: We liberals don't get along when we have columnists like Orson Scott Card who drink the Republican Kool Aid.

The Democrats are not innocent in the housing crisis by any means; it is, however, false to assert that they were exclusively at fault. Take a look at the article "The Republican Roots of the Subprime Crisis, which examines Republican complicity:

It is simply false that "President Bush and his administration never said that Iraq sponsored or was linked to 9/11..." Cheney continually conflated the two. See

I notice too that Mr. Card says nothing about the deregulation policies that wreaked havoc with the financial industry.

Obama is "just another politician" and "not a very wise one"? Obama has stuck to the issues and refused to get in the gutter with McCain. Why does Mr. Card not bring that up?

More to the point, why is Mr. Card shilling for McCain?