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Time Magazine Continues Biased Campaign Coverage

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by Revmitchell, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell Well-Known Member
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    In its latest example of biased campaign coverage, Time magazine this week published an article accusing Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin of using race against Sen. Barack Obama in the presidential campaign.

    The article, written by Peter Beinart, is featured on the cover of Time with the headline, “Why Obama’s ‘Foreignness’ Became the New Race Card.” In the article, Beinart accuses the McCain campaign of using racially motivated campaign strategies:

    “In 2008, with their incessant talk about who loves their country and who doesn't, McCain and Palin are doing something different: they're using race to make Obama seem anti-American.”

    McCain’s campaign theme is “Country First.” It is clearly meant to emphasize his decades of military and civil service, including five-and-a-half years spent suffering in a Vietnamese prison camp. However, Beinart seems to assert that this is part of a secret strategy meant to use Sen. Obama’s race to make him seem anti-American.

    How is promoting one’s own patriotism an indication of racism?

    Amazingly, this was not the only Time cover story playing the race card this week. Other headlines featured on the cover this week include “Why the Economy is Trumping Race” and “How Worried White Voters are Turning Toward Obama.”

    Time magazine is not the first news source to bring the race issue into the presidential campaign. Just last week, in fact, the Associated Press made a similar accusation.

    Both candidates have said correctly that race has no place in political campaigns. Why do national media like AP and Time insist on making baseless accusations that needlessly inject the race issue where it doesn’t belong?

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