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Massachusetts Liberal

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Journalism 101

Memo to Steve Schmidt: Just because a newspaper writes a horribly embarrassing story for your campaign, demonstrating yet another, um, reversal in position, doesn't mean it's in the tank for the other guy.

The continued devolution of the Straight Talk Express into the Lies at All Cost Local took a new tack when Schmidt, a disciple of Karl Rove, blasted The New York Times for bias because it reported facts, embarrassing ones, for the John McCain campaign. To wit:
Senator John McCain's campaign manager was paid more than $30,000 a month for five years as president of an advocacy group set up by the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to defend them against stricter regulations, current and former officials say.
That's rather embarrassing for a candidate who has been running ads trying to tie Barack Obama to a former Freddie Mac official with far fewer obvious connections to the Democratic nominee.

Schmidt, with the deft sledge hammer style he has brought to the fray, lashed out at the Times.

“Whatever the New York Times once was, it is today not by any standard a journalistic organization. This is an organization that is completely, totally, 150 percent in the tank for the Democratic candidate, which is their prerogative to be.”

“Everything that is read in The New York Times that attacks this campaign should be evaluated by the American people from that perspective.”

What, the perspective of a campaign that will stop at nothing to distort, twist and outright lie? A campaign that selected a vice presidential nominee so unprepared for the job that the very same Rick Davis had to demand she be treated with "deference and respect." By the press corps????

McCain once prided himself on his relationship with the media and indeed many reporters were in the tank -- for him. You know the folks McCain called "my base."

The scales have fallen off their eyes, making it necessary for Schmidt to lash out. Besides, running against the "elitist media" is the oldest trick in the book for a campaign that has no fresh ideas and has managed to flip-flop on everything else.

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