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    Wink Petulant John McCain whines that the 'liberal media' are being unfair to him

    Sept. 2 (Bloomberg) -- The longtime love affair between John McCain and what he once called his ``base'' -- the national news media -- is on the rocks.

    McCain's campaign manager, Steve Schmidt, yesterday lashed out at what he deemed ``offensive'' and ``demeaning'' coverage and questions from reporters after McCain's running mate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, confirmed her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant.

    ``It used to be that a lot of those smears and the crap on the Internet stayed out of the newsrooms of serious journalists,'' Schmidt said at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.

    Schmidt's criticism is the latest example in the unraveling of what was once a fond relationship between the presumptive Republican presidential nominee and the media. Starting in the 2000 Republican primaries, the Arizona senator became a media sensation by chatting up the press in the back of his ``Straight Talk Express'' campaign bus. The national press corps freely mingled with McCain for hours on the bus, with no topic off limits.

    More recently, though, McCain, 72, has accused news organizations such as the New York Times, Time magazine and the NBC network of being unfair to him. The campaign even considered pulling out of one of the three presidential debates because it would be moderated by Tom Brokaw, a former NBC News anchorman.

    `Media Scrutiny'

    ``McCain's both been close to and now, to some extent, the object of media scrutiny that he's never had before,'' said Senator John Cornyn, a Texas Republican.

    In one way, the more strained relationship may be an asset for McCain by broadening his appeal to conservative Republicans who believe the media has a liberal bias.

    ``There are a lot of people who don't like the press anymore and think they're out of control; attacking the messenger isn't a terrible political strategy,'' said Darrell West, a scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington who has written several books on the mass media.

    Yet, it may also have pitfalls. ``You still need the press to get your message out and if you have an antagonistic relationship it can blow up in your face,'' West said.

    `Straight Talk'

    As the relationship has deteriorated, McCain has stopped hosting his once-famous ``straight talk'' get-togethers on his campaign plane. He also has abandoned regular press conferences.

    Instead, he stops occasionally to read short written statements in front of cameras, like he did Aug. 31 in Jackson, Mississippi; then walks away from questions shouted by reporters.

    His campaign plane is custom configured with a lounge area designed for hosting question-and-answer sessions with the press. McCain inaugurated the lounge on one of the plane's first flights and hasn't used it since.

    Invitations for the press to visit the Straight Talk Express also have grown scarce. Local reporters are allowed the occasional visit, though journalists traveling with McCain no longer are invited to drop in. He hasn't held a news conference since Aug. 13.

    Some of the campaign's new approach may coincide with the bigger role taken by Schmidt, who was close to Karl Rove, a former campaign manager and White House aide to President George W. Bush, known for keeping a tight grip on press access to his boss.

    Public Rifts

    There have also been a series of public rifts between the campaign and the media. On July 31, McCain campaign manager Rick Davis sparred with MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell in an exchange about a McCain campaign ad portraying Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama as a celebrity.

    ``I'm happy to talk about more substantive issues the next time I come on your program,'' Davis said, capping the testy interview.

    On July 22, the McCain camp assailed the media in an Internet advertisement and an e-mail to supporters.

    ``It's pretty obvious the media has a bizarre fascination with Barack Obama, some may even say it's a love affair,'' McCain's campaign said in the e-mail. ``The media is in love with Barack Obama. If it wasn't so serious, it would be funny.''

    On Aug. 17, Davis sent a letter to NBC News President Steve Capus saying the network was ``abandoning non-partisan coverage of the presidential race.'' Davis said New York-based NBC had made ``unsubstantiated, partisan claims'' designed ``to undercut John McCain.''

    Capus said he spoke with the McCain campaign after he received the letter and ``there is no issue in terms of a broader problem.'' NBC is owned by Fairfield, Connecticut-based General Electric Co.

    Combative Stance

    McCain also took a combative stance in an Aug. 27 interview with Time reporters James Carney and Michael Scherer, refusing to answer a question about his definition of honor.

    ``Read it in my books,'' McCain said. ``I'm not going to define it.'' That exchange set the tone for the rest of the interview: McCain answered a question about his opinion on premarital sex by saying, ``I don't have any response to that type of question.''

    He added, ``Write what you want.''

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    Funny, when they were sucking your cock they were great people, but now that they're actually asking questions they're suddenly the evil LiBRUL MEDIA

    Fucking idiot.
    I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.

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    Just goes to show you the the Republican's can't take it when they are on the receiving end of an attack.

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    I think this is absurd. He has been the Media's darling for eight years, they start asking him questions he doesn't like...then it is that liberal media bias or they're in love with Obama or he throws the POW card. Give me a break!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Belindagogo View Post
    Just goes to show you the the Republican's can't take it when they are on the receiving end of an attack.
    Kinda like Obama's pit bulls threatening and harassing a Chicago radio station for talking about the Ayers controversy?

    SS, you calling McCain the media darling of the last eight years is hilarious. You do realize its Obama now, right?

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    McCain WAS the media darling of the last 8 years. That's a fucking fact. Then he got pissy that they started asking actual questions.
    I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    McCain WAS the media darling of the last 8 years. That's a fucking fact. Then he got pissy that they started asking actual questions.
    That can't be. Bush was the media darling.

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    Bush was the media's village idiot, after the first year or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleWasHere View Post
    Bush was the media's village idiot, after the first year or two.
    And from what I remembered not doing well in the polls- I think he had the record of most vacations in a year for a president. And then 9/11 happened

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    Well what does he expect? When you pick someone nobody knows jack shit about... it's the media's job to do some digging into their life?
    He should have studied up on her more, or at least met her more than once if he was that concerned...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmmdee View Post
    Well what does he expect? When you pick someone nobody knows jack shit about... it's the media's job to do some digging into their life?
    He should have studied up on her more, or at least met her more than once if he was that concerned...
    Like they dug into Obama's life?

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    ^^ Nobody knew anything about Palin before Mccain announced her as his running mate, so don't even go there, TKD.
    Obama has been in the press a helluva lot more over the past few years.
    Tons more, so there is no argument there.

    And again... I am laughing laughing laughing about how INEXPERIENCED Obama is. Palin is clearly way more experienced.

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    ^^ Of course, Palin is more experienced than Obama. Her 'executive experience' trumps Obama's time in the Senate where he has to review and help pass issues on both foreign and domestic policy. Afterall, she is the commander-in-chief of the Alaska National Guard.

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    ^^Don't forget, she WAS mayor of a town that had 50 employees and a yearly budget of $12 million.

    Obama spends 12 million in a month and has 2500 employees on this campaign, so I guess he's just as experienced!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tkdgirl View Post
    Like they dug into Obama's life?
    Just admit it: If McCain can't take the heat, then he should get out of the kitchen.

    And, yes, they have dug into Obama's life. Except most of his high school classmates like him, so they're not talking!

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