Obama Confronts Lieberman On McCain Advocacy, Tone, on Senate Floor

Sen. Joe Lieberman, the self-described "Independent Democrat" who caucuses with the Democratic party in the Senate even though he has endorsed Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, got some tough talk from Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, yesterday about his advocacy for the presumptive Republican presidential candidate and the general tone of the campaign, Democratic sources tell ABC News. Full Story »

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James Staley
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by James Staley - Oct. 1, 2008

This is not an example of good journalism. If they had left out the speculated "stern talk" that was confirmed only by nameless cowards, it could have been a solid journalistic piece about how some Democrats are frustrated-to-upset with Lieberman's appearance of playing lead attack dog for the Republicans. But to impute to Obama a conversational style and substance that he doesn't acknowledge and, worse, make that the article's lead and central focus is an example of poor journalism -- sensational fiction conjured for increased readership.

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Paul Peete
3.3
by Paul Peete - Oct. 1, 2008

The story has great drama, but like a blind man at the silent movies, I wish I knew what was said. Joe Lieberman is doing a good job of having his cake and eating it too. Oh to hear what they said!

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Jim Lang
3.6
by Jim Lang - Oct. 1, 2008

In spite of the juicy headline, there is nothing but rumor concerning what Obama and Lieberman discussed. On the other hand, there is good information regarding recent Lieberman statements about Obama positions and the unusual position of Lieberman caucusing with the Democrats but supporting McCain.

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Vincent Caminiti
4.8
by Vincent Caminiti - Oct. 1, 2008

The article is good, and with embedded video, it accomplishes the promise of its title. Simply stated - Obama pulls Lieberman in to private talk. The speculation aspect is limited to existing facts and balanced sourcing. Concise, this is good reporting with the fundamental 'W's' in tact. We really don't know what they said - this is speculative with a credible and definable rationale, reporting the occurrence of two very high profile Senators. The article uses anonymous sources but in a very credible manner to support the larger thematic mural of this small event. This was not an opinion piece - this was purely a report of facts, with what I feel was a genuinely objective pen.

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Stephen Pizzo
4.6
by Stephen Pizzo - Oct. 1, 2008

Leadership. What a refreshing change. A well-done piece with video to support it's conclusions. Too bad the video does not show Lieberman "up against the wall." That long overdue shot would have been a real treat. Maybe we should lobby for cameras in the cloak rooms too.

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Richard Riehl
4.4
by Richard Riehl - Oct. 1, 2008

Very informative, although I distrust "Democratic sources" explaining what the conversation was about. The only way they'd know is if either Obama or Lieberman told them about it. And one person's report of their own conversation may be skewed in their favor.

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Kaizar Campwala
4.0
by Kaizar Campwala - Oct. 1, 2008
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Anthony Phillips
3.8
by Anthony Phillips - Oct. 1, 2008

Not much of a story yet, but nice to know.

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Eric Yendall
4.0
by Eric Yendall - Oct. 1, 2008

Joe Lieberman: Senator for the great state of Israel. This guy is further to the right than most voters in Israel. He should be kicked out of the Democratic caucus at the first opportunity.

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Ann Tyson
3.3
by Ann Tyson - Oct. 1, 2008

A 'fly on the wall' moment, and intriguing to see Senator Obama lead Senator Lieberman fairly forcefully to the wall in the Senate. A small but good story.

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