MESSAGE BOARD JOURNALISM.

Some of you who read Amy Chozick's article in the Wall Street Journal, musing whether Obama may be "too skinny" to be president, may have mistakenly thought you were reading The Onion. In her piece, Chozick quotes a "Clinton Supporter" on a message board who says, "I won't vote for any beanpole guy."

The good folks at Sadly, No! and Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog, however, point out that it was Chozick herself who started the message board. While the thread has since been deleted, this Google cache version is still up. Of the three independent responses, two were mocking Chozick for posing the question.

The anonymous posting on the message board is one of the only two people quoted in the article as actually criticizing Obama for being "too fit". Steve M. further points out that one sentence in the article -- "These days he stays away from junk food and instead snacks on MET-Rx chocolate roasted-peanut protein bars and drinks Black Forest Berry Honest Tea, a healthy organic brew" -- is only slightly different from a description of Obama given by McCain campaign manager Rick Davis.

The results of a recent Washington Post poll show Obama besting McCain among low wage workers, including white workers, by ten points. So I guess you just gotta work with what you got, which apparently includes the storyline that Obama might not win the crucial "online anti-skinny bloc." I hear these lucky voters are the subject of Mark Penn's latest book.

--A. Serwer

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