A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

If the Media Criticizes Harper for This

...will they do the same with Obama?

At a rally for Senator Barack Obama in Detroit on Monday, two Muslim women said they were prohibited from sitting behind the candidate because they were wearing head scarves and campaign volunteers did not want them to appear with him in news photographs or live television coverage.

The Obama campaign said it quickly called the women to apologize after learning of the incident. "It doesn't reflect the orientation of the campaign," said Anita Dunn, a senior adviser to Obama. "I do not believe that mistake will be made again."

But the incident, first reported Wednesday by Politico.com, pointed to pitfalls the campaign faces as it moves into the general election and seeks to maintain control of Obama's image by tightly managing his public appearances.

The press has of course been using kid gloves on Obama for quite some time now, but it's never wise to annoy the press. I guess it's time for the press to decide whether or not giving favorable coverage to Obama is worth more to them than getting played by his handlers.

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