Imagine for a moment that John McCain "palled around" with a former member of a racist, right-wing group. Someone who today was a "mainstream" member of society, but whose group was once notorious for, let's say, abortion clinic bombings and the occasional cross-burning. By "palling around", of course, I don't mean hung out together to watch football or grilled burgers together, but maybe sat on community boards together. Ask yourself this question: What would be the media's narrative of that relationship?
Let's also imagine for a moment that Sarah Palin was a Democrat, chosen by Barack Obama to be his vice-presidential running mate. Everything else about her life story is the same, she's just a Democrat instead of a Republican and she's running with Obama instead of McCain. Ask yourself another question: What would be the media's narrative on Sarah Palin?
Finally, let's imagine that instead of Democrats, it was Republicans who'd persistently blocked all attempts at reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for the past 10 years or so, and that instead of Barack Obama, it was John McCain who held second place among sitting Senators in political contributions from Fannie and Freddie employees and political action commmittees. One last question: What would the media have to say about that?
Needless to say, I could go on and on in this vein all day long, but you get the idea. The unfortunate fact is that we no longer have a national media here that's truly impartial and exists only to deliver facts to the American public. When viewing or reading coverage of world events, one gets the feeling that the mainstream media has become a de facto fifth column for every cause antithetical to US interests. It's perhaps for this reason that the media sees nothing wrong with Obama "palling around" with a domestic terrorist with no regrets over his past activities.