Time's Jay Carney explains John McCain's speech troubles: "It's as if he can't bring himself to pretend he's not reading a teleprompter -- that the charade distracts and frustrates him."
See, when John McCain stumbles through a speech it's because he's too darn authentic for the "charade" of reading a teleprompter.
It's like there's a media script or something.
The RNC's promo convention video last night that showed the hijacked planes flying into the World Trace Center towers actually ran counter to PBS's longstanding policy of not showing those video images. See CJR.
Didn't see that one coming, did you? See AmericaBlog.
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.
Ok, let's try another approach. Earlier today on MSNBC, Obama strategist Robert Gibbs said of Palin's speech: "I don't know that it was heavy on actual facts. She got a lot of that wrong." Host Andrea Mitchell didn't engage on the topic of the truthfulness of Palin's speech.
Now, one of two things is true: either Sarah Palin got a lot wrong during her speech last night, or Robert Gibbs is making false claims about Sarah Palin.
Conservatives have been attacking the media for being unfair to Sarah Palin. Allowing an Obama strategist to make unrebutted attacks on Palin's truthfulness can't make those conservatives happy. So I assume they'll join me in asking MSNBC to tell their viewers whether Gibbs' criticism was accurate. I mean, MSNBC shouldn't just allow Gibbs to accuse Palin of getting things wrong without either confirming or debunking his claims, should they?
Who's with me? Newsbusters? Malkin? Anyone?
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.