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The AP and Gannett further in the tank for Obama

The (Gannett) Tennessean headlined on the top of page 2A an AP story by Matt Apuzzo “Campaign cash hurts Palin’s image”. The subhead was: “More potentially embarrassing details emerge”. No shame here. They are all in the tank.

Since they buy the feed and the stories, they get to edit to their liking. The Gannett version left out the last five sentences, in effect, editing out every positive comment.

Here is the full AP version:

BY MATT APUZZO WASHINGTON — With the speech of her life looming tonight, a burst of new revelations has raised more questions about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and how carefully she was scrutinized by the McCain campaign.

For one thing, it was reported that she accepted at least $4,500 in campaign contributions in the same fund-raising scheme at the center of a corruption scandal that led to the indictment of Sen. Ted Stevens.

The contributions, made during Palin’s failed 2002 bid to become Alaska’s lieutenant governor, were not illegal for her to accept. But they show how Palin, a self-proclaimed champion for clean government, has been part of a political system in Alaska that now is under the cloud of an ongoing FBI investigation.

It’s the latest in a string of disclosures that has raised questions about whether John McCain’s presidential campaign sufficiently investigated the background of Palin, 44, a governor new to the national stage.

Palin stunned delegates at the GOP convention Monday when she announced through the McCain campaign that her unmarried 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, is five months pregnant.

With the convention still abuzz, the list of potentially embarrassing details grew Tuesday:

  • Palin sought pork-barrel projects for her city and state, contrary to her reformer image.

  • Her husband once belonged to a fringe political group in Alaska with some members supporting secession from the United States. Palin herself never registered as a member of the party.

  • A private attorney is authorized to spend $95,000 to defend her against accusations of abuse of power.

  • She has acknowledged smoking marijuana.

And this: Bristol Palin’s boyfriend, Levi Johnston, plans to join the family of the Republican vice presidential candidate at the convention.

McCain said Tuesday ”the vetting process was completely thorough.”

Campaign advisers said Palin filled out a survey with 70 questions including: Have you ever paid for sex? Have you been faithful in your marriage? Have you ever used or purchased drugs? Have you ever downloaded pornography?

McCain’s aides maintained that Palin was a finalist from the start.

But a senior Republican familiar with the search said Palin had all but fallen from the radar until late in the summer when McCain — apparently unsatisfied with his working list — asked for more alternatives.

Suddenly, she was a finalist.

When she was introduced as McCain’s running mate last week, Palin portrayed herself as a political maverick in McCain’s mold: ”I’ve stood up to the old politics as usual, to the special interests, to the lobbyists, the big oil companies and the ‘good old boy’ network,” she said.