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CBS Evening News Spikes Obama ‘Redistributive’ Audio

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Brent Baker, editor of NewsBusters, goes through a line-by-line examination into how the big three networks handled the story concerning Sen. Barack Obama’s 2001 radio interview, and found that CBS offered very little except for an Obama spokesman who was given ample time to downplay the report.

CBS Evening News offered nothing more than a McCain soundbite surrounded by reporter Chip Reid discrediting the criticism as he relayed the Obama campaign’s charge McCain had made a “false, desperate attack” and Reid bemoaned: “If the events of today are any guide, this is a campaign that is taking an increasingly negative tone in the last week.”

In contrast, the NBC Nightly News at least ran a short audio clip of Obama from 2001: “The Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth.” ABC’s World News, in a piece by Ron Claiborne, aired a much longer audio soundbite from Obama.

On the print side, Peter Baker and Michael Cooper of The New York Times found only paragraphs of space in the middle of its campaign trail story to devote to the matter:

Mr. McCain seized on a radio interview Mr. Obama gave seven years ago to reinforce the argument that Mr. Obama wants to “spread the wealth,” as the Democrat put it on the campaign trail recently.

Mr. McCain read aloud part of the radio interview in Dayton, Ohio, in a speech to supporters, who booed the notion of “redistributive change,” as Mr. Obama put it. “That’s what change means for the Obama administration — the Redistributor,” Mr. McCain said. “It means taking your money and giving it to someone else. He believes in redistributing wealth, not in policies that grow our economy and create jobs.”

But Mr. McCain mangled his script in Ohio, garbling a line about “Barack the Redistributor.” Later, at a feisty rally in Pottsville, Pa., he suggested incorrectly that Mr. Obama’s comments had come “in a radio interview today,” though they were actually made in 2001. But he nailed his new applause line: “Senator Obama is running to be redistributionist in chief. I’m running to be commander in chief.”

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October 28, 2008 at 12:12 am

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