The McCain campaign has complained because McCain has gotten less press coverage than Obama, but according to an article in a British newspaper, McCain benefits from less coverage because it “means that his errors are ignored.”
According to Talking Points Memo, McCain’s errors would “for any other politician who didn’t have the benefit of years of friendship or acquaintance with many of the reporters covering him … be a major topic of debate in the campaign”. While occasional mistakes by Obama have “led to a media feeding frenzy”.
Republican presidential candidates have often been let off the hook for their errors. In 1976, Gerald Ford said that Poland was not part of the Soviet bloc, and in 2000, George W Bush said that Pakistan’s General Musharraf was an elected leader (he actually came to power in a military coup).