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Double Standard for Presidential Candidates
McCain Gets a Pass, Obama gets Sent to the Principal's Office

Does the corporate controlled mainstream media give equal time to hounding of presidential candidates? Consider the following pronouncements by John Hagee, the man whose support John McCain proudly sought out.

On Jews: “It was the disobedience and rebellion of the Jews,… that gave rise to the opposition and persecution that they experienced beginning in Canaan and continuing to this very day.”

On gays: “…there was to be a homosexual parade there on the Monday that the Katrina came…So I believe that the judgment of God is a very real thing...And I believe that the Hurricane Katrina was, in fact, the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans.”

Zachary Roth, of the Columbia Journalism Review, says, "Hagee is also a virulent anti-Catholic, who has suggested that the pope is the anti-Christ, and that Adolf Hitler’s anti-Semitism was the result of being educated at a Catholic school. One would think that when a leading presidential candidate proudly touts the support of such a figure, the issue would receive close scrutiny from the press. But once McCain assured reporters that, just because Hagee was endorsing him, it didn’t mean he agreed with everything Hagee said, the mainstream media essentially let the matter drop.”

So why is it that the same media that gave McCain a pass on his Hagee love affair is hounding Barack Obama on his relationship to his preacher, Rev. Jeremiah Wright? Could it be that this media is financed by mega-corporations who will benefit from another president who will comply with every corporate request virtually handing over the country to them? You bet. A vote for McCain is a vote for another four years of George W. Bush and corporate America is licking their chops about the prospect of more pro-corporate legislation, easing of environmental laws, free trade agreements, and lower taxes for the owners of those companies.

This is why this country needs the return of the Fairness Doctrine. In spite of the fear-mongering right-leaning media rants that it will bring censorship, quite to the contrary it would guarantee that all views would be given equal time which is critical to a democracy. When the “have-nots” don’t own any media outlets how else are their interests going to get represented?

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