The most glaring example of a double standard on candidate personalities came from CBS's "The Early Show." On June 18, CBS reporter Jeff Glor tried to list five things we didn't know about Obama, and he oozed that in addition to bicycling and basketball, Obama loves to play Scrabble. But he hates ice cream, since he worked at a Baskin-Robbins as a teenager. CBS co-host Julie Chen declared: "So Rocky Road is like his Kryptonite?"
On June 23, CBS lined up five things you might not know about McCain, and check out the difference in tone. He wasn't born in the United States, but in the Panama Canal Zone. He was nicknamed "the punk" in high school, a reputation that "followed to the Naval Academy," where he graduated fifth from the bottom of his class. When he crashed in Vietnam, it was "It was not his first, it was not his second. It was his third crash as a pilot."
This is the same network that trashed George Bush's record as a pilot, but Dan Rather told John Kerry he should be furious that Bush "in effect" was running a campaign trying "its best to diminish your service in Vietnam."
The one positive thing on the list came next, that his Vietnamese captors called McCain the "crown prince," due to his admiral father, but he declined to accept a trip home before his comrades. Then emerged the final "unknown" nugget: "When he first ran for Congress he was charged with being a carpetbagger."
CBS couldn't muster any of those engrossing details about his taste in board games and desserts, apparently.
It's quite clear that reporters have recovered from their embarrassment at the "Saturday Night Live" skit where the servile, adoring journalists asked Barack Obama if they could get him a pillow. Watching a few minutes of TV suggests they're not only fetching Obama a pillow, but also slippers, cigarettes and a massage therapist. The whole lot of them must be dreadfully impatient that the inauguration (or coronation) is being needlessly delayed by opposition.
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