Now is the time when the media — including The Eagle — publish rankings of the top news stories or issues of the year. So it’s appropriate the media is the subject of its own ranking. Politico.com listed the top 10 media blunders of 2008, including:
The New York Times story about John McCain’s lobbying ties, which suggested that McCain had a romantic relationship with a lobbyist;
The ill-fated pairing of Chris Matthews and Keith Obermann as co-anchors of MSNBC’s election coverage;
A Fox News commentator referring the playful greeting between Barack Obama and his wife as a “terrorist fist bump”’;
The ABC News-sponsered Democratic debate in Philadelphia, which spent the first half of the debate on such trivial issues as Obama’s stance on flag pins;
The New Yorker’s “Politics of Fear” magazine cover depicting Obama dressed as a Muslim with an American flag burning in the fireplace.
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