The Los Angeles Times today runs an article titled Kerry, Bush on the Road Again. The article has this glowing description of the Kerry campaign’s visit to a Wendy’s restaurant:
Kerry and Edwards, traveling with their wives, stopped for lunch in Newburgh, N.Y., population 28,000. In keeping with the Edwards’ wedding anniversary tradition, they ate at Wendy’s. “I’m treating,” Kerry told his running mate, as they entered the restaurant to a round of applause.
That’s it. That’s the entire report of the Wendy’s visit.
Meanwhile, the article fails to mention this little anecdote from the same Wendy’s visit:
Earlier, their [Kerry's and Edwards's] bus convoy pulled over at a Wendy’s fast food restaurant for a photo opportunity lunch that provided an awkward moment.
Spotting a group of US Marines, Kerry, who has made his Vietnam War service a cornerstone of his campaign, went over to chat. The Marines, who all turned out to be staunch Bush reporters, were not impressed.
“He imposed on us and I disagree with him coming over here shaking our hands,” one of them told reporters afterward. “I’m 100 percent against” Kerry, he said. “We support our commander-in-chief 100 percent.”
The New York Post elaborates:
A sergeant with 10 years of service under his belt said, “I speak for all of us. We think that we are doing the right thing in Iraq,” before saying he is to be deployed there in a few weeks and is “eager” to go and serve.
(Via Captain’s Quarters.)
Let’s turn the tables. Let’s pretend that Bush stops at a factory and approaches a couple of factory workers, with whom Bush poses for a photo-op. Bush asks the workers some questions, to which they give terse responses. After Bush leaves, the workers tell reporters that they are offended that Bush took advantage of them for a photo-op, and they support Kerry 100%, because Bush’s policies are costing factory workers jobs.
Do you think a story like that would make its way into that day’s Los Angeles Times story about the Bush campaign?
Meanwhile, the Times runs an AP story on the campaigns, which is careful to tell readers that President Bush is meeting detractors as well as supporters:
Protesters mixed with Bush supporters along the bus route. One boy held up a sign that said, “Bush’s last tour.”
Let’s recap. John Kerry tries to get a photo-op with some soldiers, and it backfires, badly, with the soldiers expressing resentment at having been used. But that’s not news. Meanwhile, one boy was holding an anti-Bush sign along Bush’s campaign trail — and that’s news.
Business as usual at the objective and non-liberal L.A. Times.
(Cross-posted at Oh, That Liberal Media.)
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UPDATE x2: More on Kerry’s Wendy’s visit here. Apparently, while he choked down his Wendy’s double-cheese, he had a fancy gourmet meal waiting for him on his bus.