It just was not sustainable, writes Jack Shafer at Slate, who recalls the sunnier days in that relationship:
This, of course, is the same press corps that adored John McCain during the 2000 race, as this comprehensive study by FAIR shows. The press corps liked his honesty. They liked the access he provided them. They liked his maverick stance. They liked the way he made them feel. And they didn't mind cutting him slack whenever he acted like a regular politician-which he was, most of the time.
FNC producer, lamenting that the press restrictions surrounding Sarah Palin are "unprecedented." See HuffPost.
John Cole at Balloon Juice notes that the McCain's pushback against the NYT, and specifically the pushback coming from McCain's blogger Michael Goldfarb, would be taken more seriously if it were based in fact.
As a serious news outlet. It's an article about VP Joe Biden. Digby thinks pointing to the Drudge Report as an anything other than a GOP spin machine is quite lame:
Of course, the Drudge Report is covering the "back and forth" between Obama and Biden. It's creating a drumbeat to benefit the Republican ticket. It's what he does! His raison d'etre. When did the Washington press corps decide he was Walter Cronkite?
And this is from a news story.
It's true, the fuller Times phrase reads, "If Obama is seen as an aloof egghead...." But that still seems like loaded language for a news report. (And Obama's seen that way by whom? The press?)
More importantly, we haven't seen any Times articles this election cycle that posit, "If McCain is seen as hopelessly out of touch...."
J-School prof Jay Rosen poses this question:
If the McCain campaign says, on the record and before the national press, that the New York Times is not a legitimate news organization, or a journalistic enterprise at all, but a political action committee working for Obama (and that is what Steve Schmidt said to reporters; listen to it...) then why does the Times have to treat the McCain crew as a "normal" campaign organization, rather than a bunch of rogue operators willing to say absolutely anything to gain power and lie to the nation once in office?
A New York City judge cleared the way for Rather's lawsuit against CBS. He filed it after getting shoved aside following the Memogate scandal during the 2004 campaign. Parts of the lawsuit had been previously tossed, but the judge ruled that the breach of contract dispute can proceed.
That's what Glenn Greenwald sees in Brooks' reassuring column today about how a "new establishment" is going to step in and safely steer the country out of crisis.
Fact: Between June and mid-September, 23 percent of American news consumers told pollsters that the economy was the story they followed closely each week.
Fact. Between June and mid-September, the mainstream media set aside just five percent of their news coverage for the economy; 31 percent for the campaign.