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John McCain's "wasted" remark gets different treatment than Obama's

Reported by Chrish - March 2, 2007 -

Two weeks ago Barack Obama said the Iraq war "should have never been waged. And to which we have now spent $400 billion and it's seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted." He apologized in an interview immediately following the speech for his poor choice of words. Last night John McCain made an almost identical slip-up, saying "Americans are very frustrated, and they have every right to be. We've wasted a lot of our most precious treasure, which is American lives." McCain's comments were covered rather differently from Obama's on the Big Story 3/01/07.

From 2/13/07:

"Gibson began by immediately talking down about Obama, asserting that he is "learning" that a presidential run "isn't as easy as it might look." Gibson alluded to his big slip of the tongue (his emphasis)..."

"The next goofy graphic, titled Obama the Rising Star, asked the Cavutoesque question Is he ready for the big time? Gibson further belittled the Senator by asking if he keeps putting his foot in his mouth, can he still "play with the big boys"?

Banners: "Is Obama really ready to run for the White House?" "Obama apologizes for saying troops' lives "wasted" in Iraq" (2 seconds!) "Rivals say Obama is not experienced enough"

From 2/14/07:

Host John Gibson said of the Senator "It seems like presidential candidate Barck Obama is feeling the heat. He's slightly irritable as he's trying to quit smoking, he looks a little distracted, and he's making (note the present tense, although it is a thing of the past) slips about US soldiers in Iraq.

Jim Vandehei of Politico.com was the sole guest for the segment, and ...called the "wasted lives" comment a big gaff that he had to backtrack from, and said Obama was peevish with reporters.

Obama was also hammered on Special Report and Hannity & Colmes for the remark.

But today, after McCain made virtually the same remark about troops' lives being wasted, this is what Gibson had to say:

"John McCain said he regrets those comments made last night on the David Letterman Show. He says he should have chosen another word, not wasted. That's a big no-no for somebody who finally made it official, on Letterman, that he is in fact running for President." ...and then went on to note that McCain is the only major Republican candidate not attending Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington DC. (close up of button saying No more Clintons in 2008, with headshots of Mr. and Mrs.). From there he sequed into Newt Gingrich calling Hillary Clinton "a nasty woman" with an "endlessly ruthless campaign machine." and asked Is Newt running? And on to a segment about polling.

That's it, a blip. A slap on the wrist for a "big no-no."

Remember "Blip and drip"? "Whatever the RW wants to bury gets a single blip (maybe at 3 AM), while a story they want to push gets the drip treatment - day after day repetition."