Virtually the entire report on McCain foregrounded Republican outrage over the "lipstick on a pig" comment.
So: One-half of Obama's report was devoted to this distraction, as was all of McCain's, or
(1/2 x 1/2) + (1 x 1/2) = 3/4.This is how Rove and his minions get three-quarters of the news coverage to focus on utter crap!
This kind of politics doesn't add up to democracy.
Nor does this kind of media. Especially when the supposedly liberal reporters at NPR frame the day's event as Obama being put "on the defensive" in their lead-in comments.
** Here's Obama's remarks in context, as reported by the L.A. Times:
Obama compared the policies of McCain to those of President Bush.
"John McCain says he is about change too, and so I guess his whole angle is: 'Watch out George Bush, except for economic policy, healthcare policy, tax policy, education policy, foreign policy and Karl Rove-style politics, we're really going to shake things up in Washington.' That's not change. That's just calling the same thing something different.
"You can put lipstick on a pig," Obama said. "It's still a pig. You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It's still going to stink after eight years."