Thursday, September 25, 2008

The McCain versus the media: Letterman, Time and the "liberal" media

There has been a lot of talk about McCain suspending his campaign to attend to the crisis in Wall Street. Some have considered it a shrewd move with one poll indicating it's already paying off. Others have speculated its a play to shelter his VP Sarah Palin.

Either way it's perfectly in line with the McCain's campaign strategy outflank the media. A move that plays to the base but uncharacteristic for McCain who has traditionally been treated well by the media.

Time Magazine's interview with John McCain
McCain's Prickly TIME Interview
For years, John McCain's marathon bull sessions with reporters were more than a means of delivering a message; they were the message...

Sticking to the old formula seemed like a good idea. But with the press focused on Obama, McCain got attention only when he slipped up during one of his patented freewheeling encounters with reporters. And so in July, the campaign decided to clamp down on the candidate...

...when TIME's James Carney and Michael Scherer were invited to the front of McCain's plane recently for an interview, they were ushered... past the sofa that was designed for his gabfests with the press and taken straight to the candidate's seat. McCain at first seemed happy enough to do the interview. But his mood quickly soured. The McCain on display in the 24-minute interview was prickly, at times abrasive, and determined not to stray off message.
Read the full interview here

Jonathan Alter of Newsweek thinks McCain is actually getting a free ride
McCain's campaign manager, Rick Davis speaks to Hugh Hewitt about the media's unfair treatment towards the GOP ticket
We knew it was going to happen, because it's been happening to John McCain for such a long time. This isn't new. We've been under siege by the left-wing media for a long time.
Listen to the Rick Davis' audio and transcript here
Campaign senior adviser Steve Schmidt takes the New York Times to task.

Letterman is the latest example of the now testy relationship between McCain and the Media. After McCain personally called Letterman to cancel a scheduled appearance, Letterman was clearly fixated on the snub (and what it inferred) throughout the show. Letterman invited outspoken Anti-GOP pundit Keith Olbermann in lieu of McCain. A move that some, like APF pundit Pete Dominick considered "spiteful".

VIDEO: David Letterman Reacts to John McCain 

Suspending Campaign ft. Keith Olbermann

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