Photographer bias

Michelle Malkin has a story of a photographer who made a deliberate decision to cast John McCain in the worst light possible.

In 2002, during my first run for office, I was in for a rude awakening, too.  My first-ever pic in the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram had a sickly green tint to it.  My opponent’s pic was a healthy pink by comparison.

It happens.

Politics of hope and fear

Two VP candidates hit the campaign trail this morning.  Sarah Palin was in Golden, Colorado, speaking of the things that she and John McCain would do if elected to the White House.  The message of reform was one that provides hope.  Joe Biden was in Saint Clair Shores, Michigan, speaking of pocketbook fears, predicting what John McCain would not do.  After listening for 15 minutes of attack after attack on John McCain, I realized that Biden had not even mentioned Senator Obama, let alone what Senator Obama plans to do about Wall Street jitters.  One campaign has a message of what they’ll do, and one campaign has no message, maybe not even a clue, about what they’ll do.  Isn’t this a huge flip-flop for the Obama campaign, to run on the message of fear and not hope?  Isn’t this a huge flip-flop for the Obama campaign to run on the old-style politics instead of a new kind of politics?

Eager to see more Palin interviews

Among the things that Sarah Palin seems to do well is that she gets better with practice.  Perhaps the “gotcha” mentality of the press isn’t so bad.  Since the MSM is so eager to capture a “gotcha” moment on videotape, Palin will be certain to have no shortage of opportunities to appear on TV.  I think she’s good for TV ratings, and I think more people will hear her message, and I think more people will accept her message.  These interviews, I believe, will do more good for the McCain-Palin ticket than paid advertising will do.  I hope there will be several more prime-time and evening news interviews in the very near future.