The major news media, which have come under attack by the McCain campaign for assertedly showing bias in favor of Barack Obama, found themselves under attack by the Obama campaign Wednesday for their coverage of Obama's "lipstick on a pig" remark. The Republicans, said Obama, had taken his remark out of context and used it in an "outrageous" commercial "because they know that it's catnip for the media." Several TV and radio newscasts on Tuesday had played Obama's remark, juxtaposing it with vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's remark during her acceptance speech that the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull was lipstick. The suggestion was that Obama was referring to Palin. However, he did not mention Palin in his remarks but had instead compared John McCain's position on major issues with President Bush's and had used the phrase in an apparent effort to show that the difference between them was only cosmetic. Surprisingly, conservative news commentator Bill O'Reilly came to Obama's defense. On his Fox News program he said that there was no evidence that Obama was making a sexist remark and he chastised the media for its coverage of the matter. During an interview on Fox News McCain's daughter Meghan said that she had heard her father use the "lipstick on a pig" line in the past. The Chicago Sun-Times discovered that McCain had indeed used the phrase last October to describe Hillary Clinton's position on health care. And MSNBC's liberal talk show host Chris Matthews displayed the cover of a book written by former McCain press secretary Torie Clarke titled Lipstick on a Pig.

11/09/2008