The LA Times has an article today which strains to make a case that even though they are attacking each other on the campaign trail, they are in fact similar on policy issues. Much of it might as well have been written by McCain’s staff: “The convergence is in large measure a result of McCain’s record of defying the GOP party line.”
Ah, legendary Maverick McCain, that elusive species, which has rarely been spotted in nature since early 2007 (it is still regularly found in the captivity of “news” reports like this one). As Jonathan Zasloff at the blog The Reality-Based Community puts it in his point-by-point critique of the LA Times article:
One might think that the press might feel a little sheepish about its performance during the 2000 election, in which it mindlessly repeated the notion and helped convince the public that Bush and Gore were really the same, and that there really wasn’t that much difference between the parties–an egregious journalistic failure that has already had catastrophic results.
One would be wrong.
Sunday’s Los Angeles Times leads with an article entitled, “Obama, McCain agree on many once-divisive issues” with the subtitle: “Their similar stances on immigration, nuclear weapons, global warming and stem-cell research are evidence of a centrist shift in the political landscape.”
Never–and this is high bar–have I seen a more misleading and shallow piece of so-called journalism. As long as Sam Zell is trying and succeeding in destroying the Times by firing writers, he might as well start with the scribes who penned this atrocity…