by January 20, Wed Sep 03, 2008 at 01:21:43 PM EDT
The "liberal" media have been a favorite punching bag of the Right for decades now, but John McCain revelled in the flash of the cameras, the glow of the soft studio lighting, the couches of Jay,Jon, and Dave, and the eager ear of a huge cadre of reporters that he affectionately called "my real base". But that was the old John McCain. That was the McCain that still had some shred of honor when it came to politics. That John McCain is gone for good.
One of the members of the McCain Base is TIME columnist/author Joe Klein. In today's Swampland, Joe writes of just how phony and insidious this "war" on the media has become.
I know that some DD'rs have problems with Klein, but do read through to the end where Joe makes the case for his colleagues to stand strong & not to buckle to the McCain machine's bullying tactics.
Those of us who have criticized the candidate--and especially those of us who enjoyed good relations with McCain in the past--have been subject to off-the-record browbeating and attempted bullying all year. But things have gotten much worse in recent days: there was McCain's rude, bizarre interview with Time Magazine last week. Yesterday, McCain refused to an interview with Larry King, for God's sake, because Campbell Brown had been caught in the commission of journalism on CNN the night before, asking McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds what decisions Sarah Palin had made as commander-in-chief of the Alaska national guard. (There was an answer that the unprepared Bounds didn't have: she had deployed them to fight fires.)
Sexism and more after the bump...