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Media turns on Obama, but shouldn't

(Credit: Politirazzi)

Sen. Barack's Obama relationship with the media seems to have changed. (AP)

By Adrian

The media jumps ship? Yup, it appears that the media’s Obama obsession was nothing more than a high school crush, slipping away to get the next hot thing at its first chance. Prognosticators and professional pundits, weeks ago touting Obama as the next RFK or JFK, now question his electability. From Karl Rove in the Wall Street Journal to John Judis in the New Republic, conservatives and liberals alike are calling Obama a losing horse in November.

But, wait, wasn’t Obama the heir apparent just a few months ago? Isn’t he still polling well? Yes, he is! Aren’t those pundits who note that both Obama and Clinton are losing to McCain in the most recent polls overlooking the fact that almost 25 percent of registered Republicans in Pennsylvania, a crucial swing state that the GOP and barely won the last two elections, voted for Ron Paul or Mike Huckabee? The media needs to take a step back and take a breath. There are still seven long months left in this campaign, seven months of gaffes, missteps, speeches, debates, fundraising and history.

The media should not try to be Ms. Cleo and divine the future, as this distracts the American people from the real issues facing the nation and the world.

(continued) Stories about Jeremiah Wright and “bitter” comments do not provide voters with the requisite information. We are picking a president to lead a nation in perilous times. Obama, Clinton and McCain have given long policy speeches that tip toe around the periphery of issues and were more rhetoric than policy. The candidates have not been pressed on their economic policy as they have on gaffes. Nor has the media followed up on the astounding comments Obama made at the debate — explaining a new vision of affirmative action and stating that the second amendment is an individual right, a novel idea from a Democrat.

From the environment, to the economy, from Baghdad to Bombay, the world is more dynamic than ever and so are the challenges facing the American people. We the People deserve a media that investigates the candidate’s policies, not their personal friendships and holds them accountable for their actions, not their words.

When the only thing that voters and the media care about is electability, the American people lose.

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