Celtic Diva's Blue Oasis: Stop AP's Obama-smearing Campaign

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Stop AP's Obama-smearing Campaign

From Firedoglake:

ACTION: Tell AP Papers to Stop Smearing Obama’s Patriotism

It was pretty much world-record speed with which the smears against Barack Obama's patriotism alley-ooped from the right wing attack machine into the pages of legitimate media, neatly laundered into the AP by Nedra Pickler. It then quickly leapfrogged onto CNN where a poll inquired as to whether Obama had sufficient patriotism to be president...

...The AP probably doesn't care a whole lot about what you think, but it does care what the papers who subscribe to their wire service think. So we've set up a page where you can plug in your zip code and automatically send an email to the papers in your area who syndicate the AP and let them know this is beneath what you expect their coverage to be -- for this election cycle and beyond...


Here is the body of my letter:

I hope McCain's Campaign is paying Nedra Pickler because she sure is doing a good job for them.

That's the only explanation I can come up with when a "journalist" (and I use that term lightly) spreads doubt about the patriotism of a U.S. Senator who started his political career by organizing and helping the less fortunate.

Of course, purveyors of "infotainment" don't let a little thing like "facts" get in the way of a good story. Perhaps AP has decided to start competing for the National Enquirer's market share?

As contentious as this fight for the nomination may be, the ultimate fight for the White House will be much worse. When a wounded animal is cornered, it will do just about anything to survive so I expect to see a flood of half-truths and misinformation along with digusting attacks from the conservatives. What I don't expect is to see Ms. Pickler jump into the fray - at least if AP expects to retain any semblance of respectability.

Wow - two crabby political encounters in one day!!!!


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