So we find that Obama and Nixon share common ground on some issues, while on at least one other Obama lands to Nixon's right. If Obama is, as McCain barely avoid saying, a socialist, Nixon must have been at least a Trotskyist if not a die-hard Marxist. Yet the Kansas City newspaper blithely transmitted McCain's assertion regarding Obama's liberalism without making any effort to verify or challenge it. Even granting the press's lack of institutional memory—who could conceive the radical notion of comparing Obama's positions to those held by presidents in relatively recent memory?—the paper's blend of credulity and journalistic laziness is inexcusable.
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