To Media Watchers:
Now, as the general election campaign for president has begun in full force, I am going to try to keep a tally of people who get pilloried in public. I make no judgement on their so-called sins. This is simply to demonstrate that we live in an era of easy character assassination. Please feel free to point out those I have missed.
July 11, 2008 - James A. Johnson, Head of Obama VP Search Team
'His resignation, at the start of a general election contest in which the candidates have pledged to run issue-based campaigns, came after days of intense scrutiny from the news media and attacks from Senator John McCain and Republican Party officials over mortgages Mr. Johnson, a former chief executive of Fannie Mae, received on favorable terms from the Countrywide Financial Corporation, the mortgage company that was a central player in the subprime lending crisis. Mr. Johnson also faced questions about his role on compensation committees that awarded large payouts to corporate executives.'
John M. Broder and Leslie Wayne, New York Times
July 11, 2008 - Michelle Obama, Wife of Presidential Candidate
'They loved to hate Hillary Rodham Clinton. They loved to hate Teresa Heinz Kerry. And now, it appears, conservative voices are energetically taking on Michelle Obama.'
Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times, June 11, 2008
'It’s good news for Obama that Hillary’s out of the race. But it’s also bad news. Now Republicans can turn their full attention to demonizing Michelle Obama. Mrs. Obama is the new, unwilling contestant in Round Two of the sulfurous national game of 'Kill the witch'.'
Maureen Dowd, New York Times, June 11, 2008
"Michelle Obama was widely criticized on conservative blogs when she said "For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country" at an appearance on behalf of her husband in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in February. The Obama campaign said Michelle Obama's comment reflected her excitement about the grass-roots support her husband is receiving, but conservatives said the statement raised questions about her patriotism.'
David Mattingly, CNN, June 12, 2008
'It’s less than a week into the general election campaign, but already Michelle Obama is a Republican target. Former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger leveled the first blow, introducing Republican John McCain’s wife at a fundraiser this week as someone who is “proud of her country, not just once but always.” Obama wasn’t mentioned by name, but the audience got it. The dig signaled the start of what Democrats expect will be a concerted effort to cast Michelle Obama — and, by extension, Barack Obama — as an unpatriotic radical.'
Carrie Budoff Brown, Politico, June 12, 2008
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