March 2, 2008

SO HOW'D THAT HATCHET JOB WORK OUT FOR THE TIMES?:

McCain's 'Press-Friendly Express': The senator cajoles, regales and expounds with reporters at the back of his campaign bus. Does that give him an edge? It depends on whom you ask. (James Rainey and Maeve Reston, March 2, 2008, Los Angeles Times)

The New York Times had just hammered John McCain with a story about his relationship with a female lobbyist, and the perpetually gregarious candidate was not happy.

He arrived for a flight from Indianapolis to Washington offering none of his usual jocular greetings ("Hey, jerks!") for the news corps.

Had the notoriously press-friendly Republican presidential candidate finally been chastened? Hardly.

By last week -- after the lobbyist article landed with a thud, slammed by many as unfair -- McCain was back quipping with reporters. He found time not only to opine on Iraq and Kosovo but to discuss the Phoenix Suns' acquisition of Shaquille O'Neal (a good move), to review recent episodes of the television drama "Lost" and to recall the rapturous beauty of a young Elizabeth Taylor.


The looney Right was convinced that Maverick was just a creation of the press which could then shred him at will. Wrong again....

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 2, 2008 7:45 AM
Comments

The election is still 8 months away - plenty of time for the MSM to get after McCain. And don't think the NYTimes botched job means there won't be more. McCain's age, Keating 5, fights with the GOP, and much more will be brought up. And don't forget all the glowing "Obama is a rock star" MSM coverage will do just as much damage.

Posted by: AWW at March 2, 2008 3:16 PM
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