• We're sensing a media/GOP showdown in St. Paul

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC BOEHLERT

    Between McCain canceling his CNN interview (see below) and Fred Thompson claiming the New York Times trashed Palin in today's edition, we see can the outlines of the GOP convention meme forming. (And did anyone else see Bill Bennett last night accuse a CNN reporter of crossing the line while reporting on VP?)

    Will be interesting to see how the press reacts to the coming, coordinated attacks.

  • Scrutiny

    Blog ››› ››› JAMISON FOSER

    Bloomberg today quotes Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) saying John McCain is "the object of media scrutiny that he's never had before."

    CNN's Wolf Blitzer just reported that McCain has cancelled a scheduled interview with Larry King because of Campbell Brown's conduct during an interview with McCain spokesperson Tucker Bounds last night. Here's the transcript of the Brown/Bounds exchange. And here's the video. In response to Bounds' assertion that Sarah Palin's experience as head of the Alaska National Guard prepares her to be president, Brown asked Bounds to name a decision Palin made in that capacity. When Bounds didn't, Brown asked again.

    McCain still hasn't recieved serious, sustained media scrutiny -- if anyone still needs proof of that, the fact that the McCain campaign acts upset when asked to name a single decision their VP candidate has made should do it. And if they keep lashing out at the media like this, they may just cow reporters into forgoing any real scrutiny between now and election day.

  • So much for all that "access"

    Blog ››› ››› JAMISON FOSER

    For years, when asked to explain the media's fondness for John McCain, reporters have pointed to the "access" he gives them -- his willingness to face, and answer, any question at any time. There has always been as much hype as reality to this claim (and how hard is it to offer reporters "access" if you know they won't print anything embarrassing?)

    But now Kevin Drum and David Corn note that the McCain campaign is keeping Sarah Palin away from reporters.

    No doubt all those reporters who have gushed over McCain's openness over the years are, at this very moment, busy writing up denunciations of him for limiting access to his VP pick.

  • "The Wall Street Journal, R.I.P."

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC BOEHLERT

    Yes, this obit is written by a NYTimes writer and the Times is now competing directly with Rupert Murdoch's Journal, as the owner pivots the paper into a national, general interest outlet. But as long-time subscribers to the Journal, we still think the obit's premise is dead on:

    "On Tuesday, in fact, there wasn't a single mainstream business story in the entire first section. And the business stories that did run lacked the kind of nuance, analysis and wonderful story-telling that used to characterize The Wall Street Journal I loved."

  • Just wondering

    Blog ››› ››› JAMISON FOSER

    After 16 years of the media falsely reporting that then-Pennsylvania Governor Bob Casey was "denied" a speaking slot at the 1992 Democratic convention because of his views on abortion, will the media now make a big deal out of the fact that John McCain reportedly wanted to pick Joe Lieberman as his running mate, but backed down when GOP leaders made clear they would not tolerate such a pick because of Lieberman's views on abortion?