Not only by its decision to run against the press (after journalists for so many years selflessly promoted McCain), but by the campaign's decision to permanently seal Palin off from the media. Here, Time's Jay Carney airs his disgust.
His St. Paul advice: "How the Cover the GOP"
It really is that simple for Time's Mark Halperin, who thinks it's news today that GOP talker Rush Limbaugh really, really liked the convention speeches last night.
New press release out today from McCain's camp which contains a laundry list of quotes from, yes, media elites, who praised Palin's speech last night. The press release is supposed to reinforce the narrative of how successful Palin's performance was Wednesday night.
But as Michael Calderone at Politco point out, isn't it odd for the suddenly anti-media McCain camp to be swooning because anchors and pundits at ABC and AP wrote up good reviews for Palin? Republicans have been stressing for weeks how those journalists are so out of touch. But when they toast Palin, suddenly the pundits offer insights into America's soul?
Of course, the media hosannas Palin won for her speech only made more of a mockery of the McCain's team weak argument that the press is out to get him and his running mate.
51% say reporters are trying to hurt Palin, according to the latest Rasmussen poll.
A McClatchy newspaper editor offers some advice.
The questions keep coming.
On Wednesday night due to the scheduling: Very little air-time for pundits in primetime. Can't say we minded.
Christy Hardin Smith at FDL