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Media Matters: The Edwards "Wealth Standard" Not Being Applied To McCain

Media Matters: During John Edwards' campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, media regularly treated his personal wealth as a key to as

Media Matters:

During John Edwards' campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, media regularly treated his personal wealth as a key to assessing his policy proposals -- a standard that is not being applied to John McCain.

It often seemed as though the news media was incapable of running a story about Edwards' anti-poverty proposals without noting his own wealth. The Washington Post, for example, ran a 203-word blurb about Edwards' eight-state poverty tour, opening it with a 28-word reminder of the candidate's fortune: "John Edwards is battling back the 'three H's' that have dogged his campaign -- expensive haircuts, a lavish new house and a stint working for a hedge fund."

By the standards the media applied to Edwards, the fact that McCain supports tax policies that would save him and his wife nearly $400,000 a year -- and require massive cuts to public services to pay for those tax breaks -- should surely be news. Unlike the media's focus on Edwards' wealth, which did nothing to help voters understand the substance of his proposals, McCain's potential savings under his tax plan actually would help illustrate how much the wealthy would benefit from the plan. Read on...

MM's Foser hits the nail on the head. During the primary season John Edwards was constantly hammered by the corporate media on his wealth, while McCain's Media barely mentioned his record and numerous gaffes and has largely ignored his lavish lifestyle. It's unthinkable, but the liberal media continues to tout McCain as a Maverick while portraying Barack Obama as an elitist. Contact MSNBC, CNN, Fox, CBS, ABC, The Washington Post, The New York Times and any other media outlet you can think of, and challenge them to hold John McCain to the same standards they have applied to other candidates. As always, remember to be polite.

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