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Archive for July 22nd, 2008

“Love me like Barack, part 2”

Posted by James McPherson on July 22, 2008

A brief follow-up to yesterday’s post: Today McCain’s Web site (which he may or may not be able to access himself), has a section titled “The Media is in Love with Barack: Pick the Best Song for their Devotion.”

Aside from the poor grammar (“media” is plural, people, but if you’re going to make it a singular at least be consistent!), the idea and the videos are cute. I’ve posted both below. As of now, the first one is leading 86 percent to 14 percent, though that may be a vote of 43-7. Unfortunately for McCain, some of his leading supporters are as computer illiterate as he is, and the mainstream media likely won’t pay much attention to this, either–especially with Obama continuing his world tour (see today’s CBS “exlusive” here).

The two CNN headlines on the page now regarding McCain are titled “Ticker: McCain parody pushes pills, walker” (about a Vanity Fair spoof of the recent New Yorker cover) and “VP buzz swirls around McCain” (which I noted yesterday that I thought was a manufactured issue). Even Fox News is ignoring the ploy on its Web site, though it’s too early to tell if the talking heads will mention it.

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