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?)
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.
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."
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?
Reports Blomberg News.
Good old Gabe.
Only at the AP, says DK's billmon.
Crooks and Liars has the details, via Glenn Greenwald.