The LA Times thinks Obama and McCain are pretty much the same

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…


2 responses to “The LA Times thinks Obama and McCain are pretty much the same

  1. There is a piece in the NYT Mag by Matt Bai that also refuses to distinguish between McCain and Obama.

    But it’s Frank Rich’s report in today’s NYT that is really worrisome. I completely agree that the Bush’s administration – regardless whether Cheney or Bush is steering – is the worst this country has experienced in 200 years. —
    Philip Sands, whom Rich alludes to, based his book Torture Teams on personal, taped interviews with the culprits. He is
    a Brit who has lived and worked in the US. (Bill Moyers interviewed him on PBS a while ago.)
    His conclusion is that the decision to torture came from the top and that’s who has to answer for it.

  2. I haven’t read the Bai or Rich pieces yet. I’ll check them out now. I agree about torture coming from the top, but I’m not optimistic about anyone at a high level having to answer for it. Whatever accountability there once was in Washington seems to be another casualty of the Bush administration. I guess the elections might — let’s hope — offer a kind of accountability, but it wouldn’t be nearly enough.

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