But just think: It was only last week that Barack Obama not typing up his acceptance speech on a computer but instead, as one big league paper put it, "crafting it by hand on a yellow legal pad" passed as news. So what happened to jolt the media from its Obama-PR snooze? The answer is Sarah Palin, rising like Venus on a King Crab Shell, her shiny political luster suddenly casting shadows over the Election Day apotheosis of media deity Barack Obama. In other words, last week's media torpor and this week's journalistic wilding are part of the same phenomenon: the media's uncontainable passion to elect Barack Obama.
I say this having mentally stacked the questions the media have already asked Palin in two days -- intrusive and pointless questions -- against the glaringly obvious questions the media have never asked Obama in two years. Schmidt noted that "the media is asking more questions about Palin's pregnant daughter" than about Tony Rezko, the Chicago fixer and Obama patron recently convicted on corruption charges, but that's just the first item on a long list of passes the media have given Obama, passes on vital matters of character, judgment and political belief.
These range from the media's protective hesitation on his long-term relationship with former Weather Underground leader William Ayers, to their near-total absence of interest in his recent campaign choice for Muslim outreach, a young man with affiliations to not one, but four organizations with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
(The man, Mazen Asbahi, resigned in early August after one article about him appeared in the Wall Street Journal. A national security source of mine is still shaking his head in disbelief over ensuing media disinterest in this shocking story.)
More recently, Daniel Pipes put together a must-read survey of attitudes toward Obama throughout the Islamic world -- there is a widespread assumption that Obama would make a pro-Islamic president despite equally widespread confusion over his official status in Islam -- which would provide any Obama campaign reporter with plenty of material on which to base a discerning interview on the long-term strategic implications of this reality.
But no one, and I mean no one, is taking the bait. And certainly not now. Not when a conservative Republican woman's amniotic fluid is in the water.
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