Open Left is amazed.
As part of massive media push back regarding the Palin pick, McCain camp's Steve Schmidt, who was personally involved in vetting and selecting Palin, complains to the WaPo that the campaign has been "under siege" from reporters asking scurrilous questions and creating a "feeding frenzy."
Schmidt though, provides almost no names of reporters who are acting unprofessional. Instead, the article makes references to "some reporters." And the one journalist Schmidt does name, Newsweek's Howard Fineman, denies Schmidt's specific claim.
Favorite Roger Ailes quote: "I wanted him to understand that we're a real journalism organization."
NBC's Ron Allen just interviewed a GOP delegate who garbled her false pro-Palin talking points. Fortunately, Allen was there to help her through:
Delegate: "Her entire career has been in administrative duty, and-"
Ron Allen: "A lot of people talk about executive experience"
Delegate: "Executive experience. And she's had a lot of experience."
Palin's entire career has not been in "administrative duty," whatever that means. Nor has it been in "executive" capacity. But rather than challenging the delegate on her false spin, Allen coached her into more-coherent false spin. Ah, journalism.
Earlier this year that the press wasn't paying enough attention to Palin's family life. CJR.org has the details.
Weekly Standard reports Fred Thompson will rip the media tonight in his primetime convention speech.
Between McCain canceling his CNN interview (see below) and Fred Thompson claiming the New York Times trashed Palin in today's edition, we see can the outlines of the GOP convention meme forming. (And did anyone else see Bill Bennett last night accuse a CNN reporter of crossing the line while reporting on VP?)
Will be interesting to see how the press reacts to the coming, coordinated attacks.
Bloomberg today quotes Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) saying John McCain is "the object of media scrutiny that he's never had before."
CNN's Wolf Blitzer just reported that McCain has cancelled a scheduled interview with Larry King because of Campbell Brown's conduct during an interview with McCain spokesperson Tucker Bounds last night. Here's the transcript of the Brown/Bounds exchange. And here's the video. In response to Bounds' assertion that Sarah Palin's experience as head of the Alaska National Guard prepares her to be president, Brown asked Bounds to name a decision Palin made in that capacity. When Bounds didn't, Brown asked again.
McCain still hasn't recieved serious, sustained media scrutiny -- if anyone still needs proof of that, the fact that the McCain campaign acts upset when asked to name a single decision their VP candidate has made should do it. And if they keep lashing out at the media like this, they may just cow reporters into forgoing any real scrutiny between now and election day.
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.