Perhaps I was a bit hasty with my barely-veiled accusation against the Des Moines Register.
A few days ago, I noted the kerfluffle over President Obama’s off-the-record (then on-the-record) interview with the Des Moines Register. Register editor Rick Green’s blog post about it seemed so fawningly idolatrous toward the president, that I wrote:
The Obama campaign has since released a transcript of the conversation, but, hell, why should they have? Rick Green’s “complaint” was as good as an endorsement!
Well, we’ll see which candidate the Register finally does endorse – it’s not all up to Green, after all – but in the meantime, they ran these pictures:
The headlines contrast the negative campaigning from Obama with the positive, agenda-focused campaigning from Romney. They have Obama scowling and looking over his shoulder, while Romney smiles and looks forward. Obama is also positioned lower in the photos than Romney. Plus, even the crowd reactions are a contrast; hardly anyone around Obama is smiling, while the crowd is reaching toward Romney, showing enthusiasm and support. The only thing missing here is a MSM-style halo around Romney’s head instead of Obama’s, and a classic Obama finger point to go with the scowl.
All true. Possibly inadvertent, but the effect – as peripheral as it might be – is there.
At any rate, it casts doubt on my previous speculative assertions of in-the-tank-ness. So I’m telling you about it.