Saturday, June 21, 2008

Obama and the newspapers

So what do the newspapers think of Obama’s flop-flop on campaign financing? The following are excerpts from Politico:

Friday morning, scathing editorials in many top broadsheets characterized Obama’s move as a self-interested flip-flop, dismissed his efforts to cast it as a principled stand and charged that Obama wasn’t living up to the reformer image around which he has crafted his political identity.

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s editorial board called the decision “as disappointing as it is disingenuous,” while The Boston Globe’s board wrote that it “deals a body blow …to his own reputation as a reform candidate.” And The Baltimore Sun’s editorial board called it “a major disappointment for those struggling to restrain the pernicious influence of special interests in American politics.”

The Washington Post opined that Obama’s “effort to cloak his broken promise in the smug mantle of selfless dedication to the public good is a little hard to take.” And USA Today, which also did not endorse any candidates, said Obama put “expediency over principle,” was “disingenuous about his reasons for opting out of public financing” and proved he’s not a “real reformer.”
Barack Obama has proven that his promises to change the way Washington works are just politically expedient lies. We can only hope that this will shake the main-stream-media out of their pro-Obama slumbers and that they will finally begin to look at him without their rose colored glasses.

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