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Double Standard Redux August 17, 2008

Posted by Dwight Furrow in Current Events, Dwight Furrow's Posts.

I wrote recently (here) that Obama’s main challenge is the double standard to which he is held by the press and public.

More evidence of the double standard appeared this week.

When Obama was traveling in Europe a couple weeks ago, he was criticized by many in the press (and of course by Republicans) for being presumptous–acting presidential before he was President.

This week during the (overblown) crisis in Georgia, John McCain claimed to be on the phone daily with Georgia’s President, while continually making policy pronouncements and potentially inflammatory remarks about our relationship with Russia. He was acknowledged in some circles to be pushing Bush toward an increasing belligerant tone. McCain is not yet President, but did we hear criticisms of his presumptuousness?

Obama has been continually attacked for being unpatriotic for the slimmest of reasons (for only occasionally wearing an American flag lapel pin, for having a pastor who criticized American policy, for having a wife who chided the U.S. for its rather evident racist past).

Yet, this week it was discovered that McCain’s chief foreign policy advisor was on the payroll of the Georgian government, lobbyied McCain on behalf of Georgia on numerous occasions, and owns a company that is still paid to promote the interests of Georgia.This was a minor news story ignored by most of the press.

Why is there no outcry about McCain’s judgment in choosing campaign advisors with a financially induced loyalty to foreign nations? When McCain proclaims “we are all Georgians” whose interests is he promoting?



1. Rida Alvi - August 29, 2008

That’s a good point you bring up. However, if you’ve also paid attention to how much media attention Obama is getting comapared to McCain, the answer is not so hard to identify.

I wouldn’t call it a double standard, but I think the media is way more focused on Obama than McCain, simply because he is more revolutionary. The only “new” thing McCain has going for him is he’s so old, I’m not sure he’ll make his first term.

And in this election especially, I think being presumptuous helps their campaign in a way that makes them look more definite, more concrete; not to mention giving the people a taste of what it would be like if they were truly the president of the United States, a demo, if you will.

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