US Election Diary
Saturday 11 October 2008
*The latest victims of Sarah Palin's bold campaign against the "liberal media elite" are the hard-working editorial staff of
Newsweek. Supporters of the Alaska Governor have jammed the airwaves complaining that a close-up photograph of Palin's face on this week's cover wasn't sufficiently "retouched" before publication. As a result, readers were able to make out several facial imperfections, including a chipped tooth, a barely-covered spot, wrinkles, and the beginnings of an ever-so-slightly unladylike moustache on her top lip. The right-wing Fox TV news station devoted much airtime to the issue, describing the photograph as "ridiculously unfair" and a "clear slap in the face of Sarah Palin". They are particularly upset that Barack Obama's most recent cover shot for the magazine was assiduously air-brushed – making him look "presidential and flawless".
*It's not just Joe Biden who is getting irked with John McCain describing himself as a maverick. "You can't call yourself a maverick when all you've ever been is a sidekick," the Democrat's vice-presidential candidate moaned yesterday, But for an 82-year-old female resident of San Antonio, it's an altogether more personal slight. Terrellita Maverick's family has a long association with liberalism, and the octogenarian is adamant that the Republican nominee "is in no way a maverick, in upper case or lower case". She told The New York Times: "It's just incredible — the nerve! — to suggest that he's not part of that Republican herd. Every time we hear it, all my children and I and all my family shrink a little and say, 'Oh, my God, he said it again'."
*Is this year's US election running off a West Wing script? It's been a recurring question as a neophyte Democrat congressman from a minority background (Matt Santos/Barack Obama) pitted against a veteran Republican senator with a maverick streak (Arnold Vinick/John McCain). And yesterday British politicians packed into a Westminster meeting room to hear not a senior Republican or Democratic strategist, but Ron Silver, the actor who plays political strategist Bruno Gianelli on the hit show. Mr Silver said the parallels "are kind of spooky in a way", but admitted it was hardly surprising. "A lot of people who were writing for The West Wing were political operatives," the 62-year-old actor said. "They wanted people with that kind of knowledge, so it smelled and tasted like the real thing."
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- 3 Belgium fan Axelle Despiegelaere lands L'Oreal campaign after World Cup viral photo
- 4 Britney Spears sings 'Alien' without Auto-Tune in embarrassing leaked audio clip
- 5 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
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Mick Jagger denies being World Cup curse and reason for Brazil’s embarrassing defeat
Israel-Gaza crisis: ‘We just want it to end… We don’t deserve to live like this’
Israel-Gaza crisis: Eight killed in Gaza Strip cafe while watching World Cup semi-final
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
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