That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.
More than five years since the war in Iraq began, the full extent of the Pentagon’s P.R. campaign continues to trickle out, the latest being the New York Times’ story on how the Defense Department essentially coached military analysts to appear all over network and cable newscasts. It certainly cannot come as a surprise, because even though many of the analysts were retired, and were ostensibly independent observers, you would expect that their biases would still lie with the Pentagon. Yet it is still a fascinating look at the extent to which the war in Iraq, and the surge, was sold to the American public.
Debate Over Debate: Nico Pitney of Huffington Post examined the most recent debates and found that Barack Obama received the overwhelming majority of “scandal” related questions. By his analysis, ABC asked 13 “scandal” questions in the debate, to 5 in the last NBC forum and 2 in the CNN debate before that.
Pub Crawl: Rob Reiner goes on a gay pub crawl through Philadelphia with Chelsea Clinton.
“Colbert” Ratings: Stephen Colbert’s week in Pennsylvania paid off: It had its most watched week in its two and a half years on the air, reports Variety’s Cynthia Littleton.
Cafferty Protest: Thousands of Chinese Americans protest CNN’s Jack Cafferty over comments he made on “The Situation Room.” He called them “goons and thugs,” although CNN later said that the comments were directed at the Chinese government, not the Chinese people.