Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Call the waahmbulance

As usual, the Republicans have got their whining down to an art.

The latest outrage de jour from the right-wingers is that the New York Times rejected an op-ed from John McCain just a week after it - gasp - printed an op-ed from the dastardly Barack Obama.

Oh, boo freekin’ hoo.

A few points: There is no fairness doctrine in print. Hell, there isn’t even one in broadcasting any more. So now we have 24-hour-a-day hate radio from Rush “to the buffet” Limbaugh and Sean Hannity and scumbag Michael Savage, who recently mocked autistic kids. (Class acts these right-wingers.) And we have Fox News and its work as the TV propaganda arm of the Republican party.

The Times has no obligation to print an op-ed from McCain. If it wanted to, it could print op-eds from Obama every day of the week and none from the elderly Republican candidate - and have every right to do so.

But, as the Times is a reputable news organization, it won’t do that. In fact, it has printed seven op-eds from McCain over the years.

In this case, as it does with every op-ed contributor, it simply asked him to rework his column.

And, as we see, there was a reason: Obama’s op-ed was about his vision for Iraq and mentioned McCain three times.

McCain’s op-ed was 12 paragraphs long, 11 of which were attacks on Obama, mentioning him 27 times.

Gee, what a thought-provoking treatise. Can’t imagine why it was rejected.

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