I noticed something interestingg yesterday. Gallup now shows Obama rising to a 7% lead over McCain, while 538.com continues to show a favorable electoral map for Obama. Just as the corporate media was beginning to celebrate the “McMentum”, McCain’s seems to be falling farther behind again.
So despite what seems to be a stable (if sometimes slight) Obama edge in this Presidential Race, why is the corporate media portraying this as a “50-50 tie”? Sure, most polls are still fairly close. And yes, McCain’s far from throwing in the towel. But even considering that, Obama has held a stable lead in most national & state polls since the end of primary season in early June. Yet if one only pays attention to the network evening news and/or the cable news pundit-palooza, one would think that McCain’s quickly gaining on Obama… When that’s simply not the case.
So how do you explain the state of the race? And how would you describe the media’s coverage of it? Are they perhaps being a little too cautious in covering this contest as a “50-50 tie”? Are they giving McCain too much benefit of the doubt even though he can’t keep up with Obama? Or am I just missing something here?
OK, then. You know what to do. The floor is yours.