Some news/opinion played a factor in ’08.
One thing I know is one of the last sources I will trust in the 2012 election cabal is Bill O’Reilly. He carefully tried to weave his hand into the 08 election – all things relevant to Bill – dismissing much of the concerns about Obama, in his not so subtle way.
Remember the coverage leading up to the election; how it was far short of the scrutiny it should have given to Obama? Well, it even fell short from the so-called right of what should have been prima facie case against Obama. One was the O’Reilly Factor. This surrounded the final debate.
There was O’reilly’s pre-debate talking point – er counseling McCain
O October 15, 08; pre-debate)
Then The O’Reilly Factor (10-16-08).
Post-debate joust with Laura Ingraham
In the first one, O’Reilly cleverly compared Bill Ayers to the “villains” on Wall Street, and advised McCain to concentrate on those Wall St villains of disdain, instead of Bill Ayers type connections to Obama.
Now, as it turns out, all those connections were extremely foretelling of the then would-be president – Dictator extraordinaire. They all screamed to be explored, even while O’Reilly dismissed them as practically irrelevant to the present election. Now look at all his appointments and Czars since. It was not brain science.
But his campaign did something a month earlier with Bill’s September interview of Obama. While O’Reilly was slowly making all these gestures, even excuses, for Obama, the campaign at large had labeled Bill his chief persistent critic. So when the interview with Bill finally took place, he appeared to be sitting down with his toughest critic – which he wasn’t. By then, O’Reilly was so compromised he was only a shade away from what the mainstream media was doing for Obama in handing him the election. In the end, the perception supposedly was that Obama looked down the nose of his toughest critics and refuted the case against him, which he never did. (And certainly not through Bill O)
*And here is a summary of how that interview went down in negotiation.
Then in the latter exchange with Laura Ingraham, it was clear Bill was looking to grant Obama as wide of berth as possible. He used words like “consistent” to describe him. (the campaign’s own code words) And he replied to Laura’s charge about Obama that they ‘aren’t going to do any of that’, and totally dismissed the concerns.
In both of those clips I don’t think “the spin” ever left the room.