Pro-Obama Media Let Him Slide on Specifics

Media have played softball with Democratic nominee
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2008 8:00 PM CDT
John McCain has been specific in his plans for National Security, Carrie Lukas argues.   (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)
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(Newser) – The mainstream media is quick to pounce on Sarah Palin for being short on specifics, but it's happy to give Barack Obama a free ride for the same shortcoming, writes Carrie Lukas in the National Review. Obama’s stands on issues such as trade (what exactly will he do with NAFTA?), Social Security, and abortion are unclear, but reporters are too ga-ga to go for the throat.

On Social Security, for example, Obama makes clear what he's against (personal retirement accounts, for one) but offers paltry details on a solution. "Where are the reporters pressing Obama?" Lukas notes Obama's coy abortion comment that defining when a baby gets human rights is "above my pay grade." She adds: "Apparently it is above the pay grade of mainstream media reporters to press the would-be president on his abortion record.”