MORNING READ

With both Barack Obama and John McCain's campaigns complaining about the media, bloggers suggest that they get over it. The controversy over The New Yorker's Obama cover bared double standards and a new difficulty for political cartoonists, according to a discussion on The Plank. Bloggers on both sides also jump up on the latest statements by two surrogates, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) and Obama backer Roland Martin, hoping to turn them into advantages for their candidates.

Though McCain's team is complaining about the extensive network news coverage for Obama's trip abroad, the greater amount of coverage of the Democrat is a function mainly of excitement around his candidacy and not just because of support in the media, writes TalkingPointsMemo's Josh Marshall. But while Obama criticized the right-wing media for driving down his wife's approval rating, Obama should instead consider the statement she has made about not being proud about her country, according to Townhall's Amanda Carpenter.

The dust-up over The New Yorker's cartoon, which depicted Obama in Muslim garb, reveals political cartoonists' inexperience in drawing a black candidate, writes Dayo Olopade at The Plank. A cartoon in Rolling Stone depicting McCain in a cage and surrounded by zealous Viet Cong members is more offensive than the Obama cartoon, since it lampoons the candidate and his wartime service, writes The Plank's James Kirchick, who hasn't heard much outrage over the McCain drawing.

Romney (R) suggested that McCain "authored" the "philosophy" of the U.S. troop surge, notes Marshall. But it was really Fred Kagan and other neo-conservatives who came up with the strategy, according to The Huffington Post's Jason Linkins. Conservatives should take a suggestion by Martin that McCain is right when it comes to supporting vouchers and use it to revive an urban agenda that Republicans have ignored, suggests The Next Right's Patrick Ruffini.

FROM THE BLOGS:
McCain's Aggressive Whining About Coverage
- J. Marshall, TPM
Obama Trashes Right for Attacking Michelle - A. Carpenter, Townhall
It's The Chin, Stupid - Dayo Olopade, The Plank
Drawings and Double Standards - James Kirchick, The Plank
McCain Redraws EU Borders - Plutonium Page, Daily Kos
Mitt: McCain Invented Counterinsurg. Doctrine - J. Marshall, TPM
Key Obama Flack: McCain Right on Vouchers - P. Ruffini, Next Right
Pie in the Sky - Pejman Yousefzadeh, RedState
$5,000 Golf Gets President's OK - Meteor Blades, Daily Kos
McCain Adopts Afghan Policy, No One Notices - T. Beeton, MyDD
Are Jews Really Down on Obama? - Jonathan Singer, MyDD
Re: McCain's Trigger Finger - Mark Krikorian, The Corner
McCain's Trigger Finger - Ramesh Ponnuru, The Corner
Congratulations RedState - Donald H. Rumsfeld, RedState

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:
Fed's Crisis Role Spurs Questions of Overreach - Wash. Post
Admin. Wanted Loyalist as Justice Dept. Legal Adviser - Wash. Post
In Iraq, Mixed Feelings About Obama and Troop Proposal - NYT
Federal Deficit Soars - The Hill