‘Toon versus ‘Toon: Obama & McCain React Very Differently

Well, let’s pause a moment.

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The New Yorker satirizes “2Cool4School” Obama and he goes ballistic. Most of the news media accompany his trajectory, crying “Tasteless! Unfair!

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Then the Rolling Stone runs the following cartoon and “Hothead” McCain takes it in stride. The media fail to say a word. Here we have McCain who was tortured as a POW, being tormented by (right to left) Obama, George W and Hillary.

Draw your own conclusions about the candidates and the media.

Oh, that Rolling Stone piece? It’s a journalistic gem full of sound and fury and conveying nothing useful. here’s the lead:

Full Metal McCain

Haunted by the ghosts of Vietnam, the one-time maverick has transformed himself into just another liberal-bashing fearmonger

MATT TAIBBI
Posted Jun 26, 2008 12:04 PM

Evening, June 3rd, in a muggy, dragonfly-beswarmed place called the Pontchartrain Center, just outside New Orleans. Half a continent away, amid yet another legacy-smashing fusillade of unsolicited invective from Bill Clinton, the excruciating Obama-Hillary mess is finally wrapping up, in a pair of anticlimactic primaries somewhere over the darkened plains of Montana and South Dakota. But here in the Big Easy, John McCain has chosen this moment to mount his first general-election attack against the Great Satanic Liberal Enemy — who, as luck would have it, turns out to be a Negro intellectual from Harvard who’s never served in the military. And this is supposed to be a bad year for Republicans?

You’d never know it from listening to McCain, whose kickoff speech is the same election-year diatribe that Republicans have been giving for decades, one long broadside against those goddamned overgrown Sixties weenie liberals who hate the flag, love the bomb-tossing enemies of America and are bent on the twin goals of ending the system of free enterprise and placing every aspect of our lives under government control. McCain pegs Obama as a man who wants to take America “backward,” to the failed ideas of the Sixties. “I’m surprised that a young man has bought into so many failed ideas!” he says, to furious applause. Then, spitting out a forced, ugly laugh that he must have practiced many (but not enough) times in the bathroom mirror of the Straight Talk Express, he adds, “That’s not change we can believe in!”

Read the rest if you have the stomach for it.

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