Liberal Group: Media Hearts McCain, not Obama

By Julia Hoppock

Jul 29, 2008 11:22am

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: Will the real media darling please stand up?

With Sen. John McCain mocking the press’ often positive coverage of Sen. Barack Obama, a liberal watchdog group is up with an ad of its own — taking the opposite tack.

In a new ad to run on cable stations, Media Matters for America argues that McCain — not Obama — is the favored candidate of the press. The ad splices together comments by prominent media figures on the press’ favorable relationship with the Arizona Republican — and features a cartoon version of McCain picking flower pedals while saying, "They love me, they love me not."

"The press loves McCain — we’re his base," MSNBC’s Chris Matthews says in a clip used in the ad.

Matthews was among the journalists featured prominently in the McCain campaign Web video released last week, saying favorable things about Obama.

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