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Media Blindly Accept That Russia-Georgia Conflict Is Good For McCain

The Russia-Georgia gives us a preview of what President McCain will be like, and it isn't pretty.
Since the violence broke out last week between Russian and Georgian military forces, pundits and media figures have been trying to determine how the conflict will affect the U.S. presidential election. Many in the media, however, have blindly asserted -- seemingly without examining any evidence -- that the war in Georgia helps Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). Some recent examples:

- Jill Zuckman, Chicago Tribune: "It's just sort of a perfect thing for him."

- Jeff Birnbaum, Washington Post: "This is McCain's advantage here, advantage McCain. This is right in his sweet spot in foreign policy national security."

- Mark Halperin, Time Magazine: "I think McCain benefits...this is good politically for John McCain"
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Benjamin J. Armbruster is a Research Associate for The Progress Report and ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress.
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