Where's Media Talk About Obama Buying The Election?

October 23rd, 2008 12:16 PM

If John McCain had gone back on his promise to accept public campaign money, and instead set fundraising records that put him as many as fourteen points ahead in the polls with less than two weeks to go before Election Day, do you think there'd be a lot of media carping and whining about rich Republicans buying the White House?

Probably 24 hours a day, seven days a week until the final vote had been counted, correct?

Yet, despite Barack Obama having gone back on his campaign promise to accept public funds, and reports that he's now over $600 million in contributions, the Obama-loving press don't seem very concerned with liberals buying the presidency.

This obvious hypocrisy struck the Los Angeles Times' Andrew Malcolm Thursday (emphasis added):

Having now collected more than $605 million altogether, the freshman senator shows no concern over the appearance of buying the presidency. Imagine for a moment the national political conversation that could be going on now if rich Republicans had raked in that much loot for one campaign

Yeah, just imagine. 

On Sunday, as NewsBusters previously reported, the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz and Time's Mark Halperin briefly discussed this hypocrisy.

Why aren't more media outlets expressing similar outrage?

I know. They will...once the elections are over.