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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Friday, February 22, 2008

McCain gazes over the edge of the bottomless pit.

Once the press starts picking at the details, the story will continue for quite awhile. We may be seeing the drip, drip, drip.....
A sworn deposition that Sen. John McCain gave in a lawsuit more than five years ago appears to contradict one part of a sweeping denial that his campaign issued this week to rebut a New York Times story about his ties to a Washington lobbyist.

(NewsweekBlog) Suddenly, John McCain's plane isn't the press friendly operation it's always been.

(WOAI) Mike Huckabee states his goal is a deadlocked convention.

(And somewhere Mitt Romney is trying to build a time machine.)


  • I didn't think the NYT would have released that story if they didn't have more ammo.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:08 PM  

  • That's my general feeling. They know it but don't have enough to prove it.

    But the pushback seems to have cowed them a bit.

    Even Scott Stanzel pushed back at the White House press briefing.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 3:43 PM  

  • That time machine line is wicked funny!

    What I think I'm seeing is that there's other McCain "stuff" there and the reporting is spread out among different establishment outlets (WAPO, Newsweek), so it's not just "the NYT is a liberal scandal sheet filled with lies." Depending on a few factors -- how much "stuff" there is, public appetite, ad sales -- this could become a feeding frenzy. Also, possibly, the perpetrators of push-back could find themselves under a more critical media eye than they're accustomed to.

    Could this be the pendulum swinging back on journalistic stenography? Maybe another side effect to the Obama wave? -- "Sorry BushCo, arm-twisting-Republicans... we're moving on."

    Nah. Probably not. But I'm working on a screenplay for a TV mini-series. LOL

    By Blogger -epm, at 4:46 PM  

  • I think the NYTimes may have done him a favor by pushing the fairly weakly reported "romantic" angle because it gave him something to act indignant towards.

    On the the other hand, I doubt we'd be seeing all this secondary reporting if it was just lobbying.

    And I don't know if this swings back. My hunch is not directly. And, pay attention that they held it when they thought it would affect the contest.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 5:03 PM  

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