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The media’s willingness to prostrate themselves at the altar of Obama continues unabated. Having just read Rich’s great column on the subject, I opened the Washington Post and read Richard Cohen’s latest. After praising McCain’s honesty and integrity in 2000, he now claims the Straight Talk Express has “veered into the mud”:

I have in mind McCain’s charge that Barack Obama is the favored presidential candidate of Hamas. The citation for this remark is the statement of Ahmed Yousef, a Hamas political adviser, who said, “We like Mr. Obama, and we hope that he will win the election.” Yousef likened Obama to John F. Kennedy and said that Obama “has a vision to change America” and with it the world. Yousef apparently got so carried away that he forgot that Obama has repeatedly called Hamas a “terrorist organization.”

McCain seems to have forgotten that, too. His campaign has sent out an e-mail showing how guilt by association really works. “Barack Obama’s foreign policy plans have even won him praise from Hamas leaders,” it said. The message went on to claim that Obama’s foreign policy positions have earned him “kind words” from Hamas.

Never mind that this was the sort of campaigning that McCain vowed to eschew. 

Cohen doesn’t explain his objection any further. It also doesn’t help that his writing here has the patina of dishonesty. “The message went on to claim that Obama’s foreign policy positions have earned him ‘kind words’ from Hamas” — Excuse me? That’s not a claim, that’s exactly what happened. No less than David Axelrod said, “We all agree that John Kennedy was a great president, and it’s flattering when anybody says that Barack Obama would follow in his footsteps.”

Near as I can tell, Cohen’s objecting to any time Hamas and Obama are mentioned in the same breath, whether there’s a perfectly logical connection or not. It’s clear that McCain isn’t casually equating Hamas and Obama. Rather, McCain is correctly pointing out that terror groups seem to prefer Obama’s policies — and the goal here is obviously not to elect someone who’s policies will allow groups like Hamas to thrive. Of course, Hamas might also like Obama because he seems to have no trouble keeping campaign advisers around that have fully embraced the terror group.

But pointing out such inconvienent details is undoubtedly more mud flinging. The upshot here is that Obama isn’t even officially the nominee yet, and it would appear the media are so resigned to defending him they’re getting lazy about it. 

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