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Barack Chooses His New Post-Racial Dog

by | 9th, November 2008

A NEW dog in the White House.

Obama says yes. Says Sam Ellis in the Boston Globe:

If a prez doesn’t have a dog, it means he’s a communist and he loses the entire dog people vote, a disturbing bunch who stretch from the redwood forests to the gulfstream waters. Obama’s presidency could hinge on getting this one right.

You can cheer for Obama and spin him to the readers Obama, but you cannot disguise a lack of dog:

The Washington Post’s ombudsman considers the paper’s election coverage:

The Post provided a lot of good campaign coverage, but readers have been consistently critical of the lack of probing issues coverage and what they saw as a tilt toward Democrat Barack Obama. My surveys, which ended on Election Day, show that they are right on both counts…

The op-ed page ran far more laudatory opinion pieces on Obama, 32, than on Sen. John McCain, 13. There were far more negative pieces (58) about McCain than there were about Obama (32), and Obama got the editorial board’s endorsement…

Obama deserved tougher scrutiny than he got, especially of his undergraduate years, his start in Chicago and his relationship with Antoin “Tony” Rezko, who was convicted this year of influence-peddling in Chicago. The Post did nothing on Obama’s acknowledged drug use as a teenager…

One gaping hole in coverage involved Joe Biden, Obama’s running mate. When Gov. Sarah Palin was nominated for vice president, reporters were booking the next flight to Alaska. Some readers thought The Post went over Palin with a fine-tooth comb and neglected Biden. They are right; it was a serious omission.

Now at least the Post and pretty much all other papers can investigate Obama. So, Mr President-Elect, what kind of a dog will you get?

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