On Hardball, Russert claimed McCain has "maverick brand" with public, without noting his colleagues' role in promoting it
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On Hardball, Tim Russert said of Sen. John McCain: "[T]he perception right now of McCain is someone who's experienced, someone who they see not of the Republican brand or the Bush brand, but of the maverick brand." Russert did not acknowledge the media's role in promoting that "brand," much less the role of Hardball host Chris Matthews -- who, the next day on Today, called McCain "a maverick. People think of him as a maverick."