Thursday, October 30, 2008

After the Obamercial: A Hint of Criticism Amidst Effusive Praise

Predictably, most media have offered very effusive praise for Obama's infomercial, including those that received millions to air it. ABC's George Stephonopolous calls it a "virtuoso performance," and the San Francisco Chronicle describes it as a "classic closing commercial."

But buried under the plethora of feel-good reviews, CBS correspondent Wyatt Andrews offers a blunt "reality check," which scrutinizes the multitudinous promises made during the Obamercial. Andrews argues that "very few independent economists believe [Obama] has identified the savings needed to offset his remarkable list of tax credits, tax cuts and spending pledges." After detailing the estimated cost of Obama's increased spending and tax reduction platform (sounds like Bush), Andrews concludes that Obama "gave us a very compelling vision with his ad buy tonight. What he did not give us was any hint of the cold reality he's facing or a sense of how he might prioritize his promises if voters trust him with the White House." In the interest of being fair, neither does McCain (see this blog entry).


Anonymous said...

ABC actually didn't air the infomercial, but Stephonopolous is a Democrat so his statement isn't surprising.

That being said, I thought the 30 minute spot was really well done, informative and potentially helpful to the undecided voter.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Yes- I realize ABC aired Daisies instead....I actually think George will say or do anything to have presidential access!

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