Though only 36 percent of you said Obama should pack his bags and head off to Iraq ASAP, he's going — and along with him, a bevy of high-profile journalists, to cover the trip from stem to stern. Who's hopping on board? All three major network news anchors for starters, meaning that evening newscasts will be broadcast from Obama's Middle Eastern vacation, undoubtedly giving it huge play. And about 200 other journalists for good measure.
Who went with McCain on his last trip to Iraq? Only a handful of reporters, plus NBC's Brian Williams (who's actually going on the Obama trip) reported on McCain's from the comfort of New York, in the "other political news" segment. Hmm. That scale seems a little out of balance. In fact, McCain has taken three foreign trips in the past four months, and not one network anchor has accompanied him.
And it's not just trips, the arguably smaller stories swirling around Obama, Jackson's nuts-gate for one, have all but eclipsed coverage of McCain, even though he is indeed still campaigning, and making policy declarations — like the fact that he thinks the Social Security system is an "absolute disgrace." The story disparity between Jackson and Social Security? 126 to 20. Is it becoming clear that mainstream news has tipped the balance to focusing on all-Obama, all the time? Is the Fairness Doctrine looking more and more necessary?