In another Blogcritics article and its associated comments, it has been suggested that there have been lots of false accusations concerning Senator Obama. One comment notes,
A) He's an Arab
B) He is related to Osama bin Laden
C) He's going to be sworn in on the Qu'ran
D) He has "ties" to Al Qaeda
E) "Just look at his name. How can anyone vote for someone with a name like that. Besides John McCain is a war hero. Makes me want to run screaming.
The author of the article, in a subsequent comment, observed
That McCain and Palin and the RNC are whipping up such innuendo and misinformation that people are extrapolating all kinds of things, and yes, just such claims have been circulating about Obama all OVER the web and all OVER Fox News and Rush and so forth. In fact, at a Palin rally the guy who introduced her made it a point to use Obama's middle name and emphasize it and there are bumper stickers all over with Obama/Osama on them.
I don't doubt for a moment that such accusations make many people "want to run screaming." Unsupported allegations have a similar effect on me.
Perhaps I might offer an hypothesis as to why the stuff cited in the article and in the comments has some currency. It just could be that there has been so much media bias and distortion that denials are not credited, simply because it is very difficult to accept what the MSM (and to some extent, perhaps Senator Obama) says.
According to a February 2008 Harris Poll, television news has a sixteen percent approval rating, only double that of the Congress, at eight percent, and merely one point above that of the White House, at fifteen percent.
An ABC News op-ed piece (labeled as such, which is refreshing), the author, Michael Malone, notes that there has been very substantial media favoritism during the campaign and, indeed, previously. The article does bear the caveat that This is the opinion of the columnist and in no way reflects the opinion of ABC News.
At a luncheon in Hollywood sponsored by the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors on 27 October, hardly a rabidly conservative group,
no one seemed inclined to defend MSNBC . . . for what some were calling its lopsidedly liberal coverage of the presidential election.