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Campaign 2008 / Obama vs. McCain / Afghanistan War / Obama Trip / Media Coverage #899210

CBS Evening News for Sunday, Jul 20, 2008
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(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) Report introduced.

(Kabul: Lara Logan) CBS exclusive interview held with visiting Senator Barack Obama about the situation in Afghanistan. [In Kabul, OBAMA - says Afghanistan has to be our central focus in the battle against terrorism; states we have to make it work; suggests the Pakistani government will have to take out the training camps.] The issue of getting extra troops on the ground right now discussed.

(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) Critics of the media coverage of Obama's trip noted.

(Studio: Randall Pinkston) The issue of Obama's foreign policy credibility and the lack of "media magic" for Senator John McCain examined; Project for Excellence in Journalism statistics on political coverage of the two cited. [Project for Excellence in Journalism director Tom ROSENSTIEL††- says international travel is unusual for presidential candidates; calls it an uneven playing field for McCain.] The major networks interview plans for Obama during his overseas trip noted. [Politico.com writer David MARK†- says Republicans are frustrated with the uncritical coverage; notes how McCain goaded Obama into the trip.]

Sawyer, Forrest;
Logan, Lara;
Pinkston, Randall

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