The biggest story of the day should be the fact that Obama did an end-run around President Bush, the person whose job description (in spite of Obama’s Presidential seal, O-force 1, and German pep rally) actually includes setting America’s foreign policy. Obama, whose 2007 campaign largely consisted of “I’ll bring the troops home now no matter what!” asked the Iraqis to not cut any deals to send the troops home until after the election. However, Google News headlines don’t include the story at all – not even under Elections. Nothing on the CNN home page, which does include two links to the Palin “tasergate” story. Nothing at MS-NBC or NBC. CBS News brags about Obama’s successful Hollywood fundraiser and includes a Palin hit piece. Nothing about Obama violating the Logan Act.
The Anchoress notes that there aren’t going to be any consequences for this for Obama, but how about for the media?
This is possibly in violation of the Logan Act, but there is no chance of Obama being charged with it, because let’s face it, that would create a political maelstrom at this moment that would tear the country apart. But this is pretty serious stuff – not pretty serious, exceedingly serious. This is something the press is going to have to hunker down and actually ask this candidate about, especially since he’s admitting it.
… Will any of that happen? It should. If the press wants to have a scintilla of credibility after this election, they will give this situation the exposure and gravity it deserves. But perhaps they don’t care about their credibility, anymore.
The crickets are chirping. They have all the resources needed to cover “troopERgate” – accusations that Palin fired a guy for not firing her brother in law – but “troopgate” – where even Obama admits what he did – is apparently embargoed. And if they are finally forced to cover it – if the blogosphere can whip up enough outrage – the coverage will be chock full of words like “allegedly,” “accused by the McCain campaign,” (those meanies!) and if they DO acknowledge that he admitted it, they will explain in exquisite detail why he was correct.
Verum Serum has the scoop on what happened when a similar claim of interference in US foreign policy in the Middle East was laid against another Presidential candidate. It’s like a peek into an alternate universe. No, the media doesn’t care about their credibility anymore.