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John McCain’s financing ethics needs the attention of the MSM

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Originally published on on Mon, 06/23/2008 – 2:04pm

Jon Stewart: Do you watch the news that we’re watching?

Lara Logan: If I were to watch the news that you hear in the United States — I’d just blow my brains out because it would drive me nuts.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, June 17, 2008

Well, Lara, we do watch that news, and the prospect of that can really be depressing. Especially when the information is incomplete or one-sided, the MSM can claim it’s “telling the truth,” but it’s not the whole truth.

The latest misguided adventure by the MSM is over Barack Obama’s “switch” on public financing.

The incomplete truth: The promise Obama gave was a conditional promise on a questionnaire that was not filled out by Sen. McCain. Given the behavior of Sen. McCain (details in a moment), it’s fair to say a compromise would not be reached.

Merriam-Webster defines conditional as “subject to, implying, or dependent upon a condition” and condition defined as “a premise upon which the fulfillment of an agreement depends.”

Now, if media figures don’t understand what a conditional promise is, perhaps they need to give their interns a raise so they can buy a dictionary and look it up.

The one-sided truth: a presidential candidate with numerous alleged FEC violations; several flip-flops on whether to accept public financing or private financing, including insinuating on the same day that you might not take public financing and then do, all well within 24 hours. If you were covering a presidential campaign where a candidate did all the above and more, you might think that was a huge story.

Well, that is the John McCain story, and it barely registers a peep with the MSM.

From a BuzzFlash alert from last week:

He uses a loophole in a law he supported to fly inexpensively on his wife’s company’s private jet and allegedly withdrew illegally from the public financing system, an action the Democratic National Committee wants investigated by the Federal Election Commission and has filed a lawsuit to compel the investigation.

Until the MSM starts reporting this, they have no credibility on this issue. There are two major party presidential candidates with records. Let’s start seeing the MSM wake up and look beyond their infatuation with McCain.


Written by democracysoup

June 23, 2008 at 2:04 pm

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