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The Media Blackout: Nearly 40 Days and Counting

By Michael D. Shear
The country may have turned its attention to the economic crisis and a staggering $700 billion bailout proposal, but political operatives still have their eyes on other issues.

Among them, for the Democrats, is keeping track of how long it's been since the Republican presidential ticket has answered questions from the media. A Web site keeps track.

As of this writing, it has been 39 days and 22 hours since Sen. John McCain last held a news conference (despite having promised to hold weekly Q&A sessions with the press if he's elected). According to the Democrats, it's been 24 days and 11 hours since his running mate, Sarah Palin, held one.

Not the most important issue of the day, perhaps. But maybe the most ironic, given where McCain and Palin were Monday: In Media, Pa.

Where they didn't take questions.

Posted at 10:00 PM ET on Sep 22, 2008  | Category:  John McCain
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If McCain and Palin are to fragile and/or frightened to face the American media, clearly they're both unqualified to face off against serious threats.

Palin was treated with kid gloves by Gibson and drooling right-wing sycophantic bias by Hannity.

McCain's dishonorable deceits and Palin's outright lies have barely been mentioned by the media and when it is it's attacked by the right-wing trolls as somehow bad.

Dishonorable John McCain http://HavenWorks.com/people/a-z/m/mccain-john-sidney-III is owned by corporate lobbyists with no loyalty to America or Americans.

Liar Sarah Palin http://HavenWorks.com/people/a-z/p/palin-sarah-louise-heath is so deceitful that she's now repeatedly lied about her lies.

Decent Republicans will vote Democratic in 2008.

Posted by: American | September 24, 2008 4:57 PM

"We, who are on God's side"

Boy, do I love reading things like that.

Jihadists and suicide bombers have God on their side, too. Does that mean we should place more faith in their political views?

Posted by: MikeO | September 24, 2008 2:30 PM

Golly! all you against Sarah Palin are spewing pure nonsense. As for her praying to her God - all of us Christians and Catholics do this as a matter of love for God and the knowledge that He "works for the good of those who love Him". To us, praying is part of life. We lean on God who gives us life! You who are critical of our faith, and presumably Godless, should simply shut op. You just don't get it. It is a fact that those living in spiritual darkness consider all talk about God and prayer as "nonsense". Your criticism and whining displays your ignorance!

We, who are on God's side, have faced up to the fact that the media is corrupt and bankrupt in the faith department. You can rave and rant about being ignored by the McCain camp. It's a wise move because look what that louse Gibson did!! These corrupt people are an abomination or are they "in obamanation"! The deliberate misleadng editing of the Gibson interview with Palin was clearly intended to give the impression that she did not know the answer(s). Not only is this dishonest, despicable and completely unacceptable, but it certainly confirmed what was already known that you liberal media are just plain corrupt! So if Sarah Pailin will not allow herself to be interviewed by the people that are prepared to crucify Sen McCain and Gov Palin and ignore both Obama's inexperience and questionable past associations, it is most understandable to
millions of us! Go take a long walk in a short pier!

It is the prayer of tens of millions of God-centered Americans (and non-Americans I know abroad) that God will be on the side of Sen McCain and Sarah Palin. God knows everything and is certainly fully aware of the truth. He certainly is going to "work for the good of those who love Him". He certainly knows who is pretending to "have faith".

I am looking forward to the debates. We'll see on whose side God will prove Himself to be!

God bless America and the McCain/Palin team!


Posted by: hijodesumadrepolitica | September 24, 2008 9:46 AM

Peasants have no right to know what the King and Queen say and do.
What do you think this is, a democracy?

Posted by: WDRussell | September 24, 2008 9:26 AM

I don't like to generalise, but you Americans are nuts

Posted by: Polaris | September 24, 2008 7:20 AM

Why should McCain or Palin take questions from a bunch of Obama supporters who falsely claim to be objective?

Posted by: WashingtonDame | September 23, 2008 11:09 PM

VP Debate only nine days away.I sincerely doubt that Palin is prepared..but what the heck?..Biden(the true Pit Bull) is definitely ready !!

OBAMA/BIDEN '08


Posted by: Smart Democrat | September 23, 2008 11:04 PM

Good glory, McCain's embrace of childish relations with the media is about the smartest thing he could have done. Like ignored children, the media have only increased their coverage of McCain as he "shies" away from coverage. It's a cat-and-mouse game that he is winning. Meanwhile, I haven't read anything substantive about Obama in weeks and weeks. He has been effectively drowned out, aside from the occasional counter-balance piece that examines his attack ads as a measure of objectivity after criticism. No wonder his numbers are down. C'mon, WaPo, cover Obama more! Let him get his voice out again!

Posted by: Dan | September 23, 2008 10:16 PM

Okay everybody in this blog....take a deep breath, step back 20 paces...one thing you can learn from Palin and McCain---step back and be silent. It's amazing what it can do to your perspective. Lose all the nonsense that you've picked up in the newspapers, or read in a book written by a person with a personal agenda, and be still. Shake it off, that's right shake it off, another deep breath...
Now get back to God and know that he is.

Posted by: CC | September 23, 2008 9:20 PM

As a loyal Democrat who will vote for Obama, I have to chuckle at McCain and Palin's refusal to kow-tow to the media. Good for them -- CNN and MSNBC are so embarrassingly pro-Obama that they deserve to be called out on it.

Posted by: cali-snowboarder | September 23, 2008 8:55 PM

No access No coverage.

The press is not doing their job, it reminds me of the run up to the Iraq War.

Press PLEASE DO YOU JOB.

Posted by: Norm | September 23, 2008 8:47 PM

Palin, if she was qualified, she would be speaking openly to the American press, not foreigners!

Palin’s refusal to cooperate with the inquiries about her e-mails or ‘Troupergate’ show Palin is NOT at all FIT to be VP!

America!: She is running for the ‘number two President’ position!

Yes, Americans should know all about her; and, McCain, the claimed, so-called reformer, should DEMAND HER FULL and COMPLETE COOPERATION and FULL DISCLOSURE, and NOW before we vote; ...remember were talking the USA’s next in line to be President, VP position!

See the FACTS: http://www.dailysource.org/palin

Oh and yea, she should not have been hacked; like she should have used a secure State e-mail account so she and Alaska’s State communications could not be so easily be hacked, but who was the security risk here ...Palin!; ...and you can write that in lipstick!


Like Bush, McCain has proven himself ...that he and his campaign will say anything for votes!


It’s clear that John McCain would rather lose his integrity than lose an election!


McCain lies like ‘the same old Bush!’

McCain = Bush = McBush!

Posted by: John, Fort Bragg | September 23, 2008 8:21 PM

Please don't vote for the redneck deer hunter and the old white guy who can't even raise his arms. Typical dysfunctional white trash.

Posted by: JakeE | September 23, 2008 7:50 PM

How you do anything is how you do everything.

The candidate who hides and lies while running for office will hide and lie when they get there.

No patriotic American could POSSIBLY vote for a candidate who treats us with such contempt. Do you really think they'll have a better opinion of you should they get elected?

If you think otherwise, perhaps I could interest you in some Lehman stock? A bridge in Brooklyn? Undeveloped land in Florida???

Posted by: Ethan Q | September 23, 2008 7:48 PM

I thought CNN had decided not to do photos only. I come home this evening and see photos only.

No news is No news. MSM, including CNN, should STOP covering this Republican Ticket until they begin to treat the public with respect.

Posted by: TJW | September 23, 2008 7:29 PM

I can't help but wonder if John McCain is suffering from senile dementia or else a metastatic lesion to the brain? His answers to many questions, when asked, seem to be confused, wrong or he gives no answer at all. He often gets his facts incorrect and appears to have frequent memory lapses. Oftentimes he appears to give programmed responses to questions that are asked of him. His last operation for removal of a second melanoma was around 8 years ago. Malignant cells from melanomas do travel to the brain if the surgeon was unable to excise all of the mass before cancer cells break off and travel to other parts of the body. This could be the reason his campaign managers won't let him answer complicated questions. Fred above might have stumbled on the real reason for his seeming reluctance to speak to the press. Has anyone else noticed this peculiarity in his responses??

Posted by: dave | September 23, 2008 6:33 PM

The media is not liberal -- it is neutral or leaning to the right. The fallacy of the "liberal media" needs to end.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 6:22 PM

Mike, you protesteth too loud! Let's see. The liberal media took on Palin's daughter and family. Strike one. They then tried the sexism thing and that didn't go well. Took a shot at her experience only to expose the fact that Emperor Obama had no clothes. And most recently, a lockstep attempt at ignoring Palin. Hmmm. You wonder why the McCain campaign is not interested in talking with you? Mike, time for some personal reflection. When you treat others unjustly, don't be surprised when the favor is returned. Now the media must spend some time on the bench because you haven't earned the right to be in the game.

Posted by: dc | September 23, 2008 6:03 PM

yeah, but Palin talks to her own personal Jesus every day. So there. Makes you wonder why the Divinity didn't inform her what daughter was up to on those long Alaskan nights.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | September 23, 2008 5:37 PM

if palin and mcsame are afraid of our lapdog press, Putin will rip them to shreads

can't face the women on the view ???

China is probably rooting for mcsame too

Posted by: freepatriot | September 23, 2008 5:32 PM

"The media and liberal elites all feed from the same troughs of ideological, radical left wing foundations and activism. They're all in the same termite nest, from ACORN to AYERS."


Isn't STANLEY KURTZ a member of what you call media elites?

Posted by: maria | September 23, 2008 5:32 PM


I don't blame the McCain Campaign. The media bias is obvious. Also the pro-choice view prevails among media types, and unfortunately that makes it impossible to be objective. Maybe guit-ridden about something they did in the past, and are trying to justify it.

Posted by: Nick | September 23, 2008 5:27 PM

Does anybody seriously believe that a disappointed woman Clinton supporter would be stupid enough to vote Republican out of disappointment that she didn't prevail in the primeries. How could any person who liked her so much, think it appropriate to vote for a ticket that didn't support any of her views? I think not
Caroline

Posted by: Caroline Davidson | September 23, 2008 5:12 PM

The media is all corruptly lying to push Obama this year. McCain would be stupid to trust any of them after how they've acted all year and then after how they are lying about the two campaigns ads now.

Even Factcheck.org is putting out a lot of lying, biased "factcheck" attacks on McCain. Guess what, Obama was an Annenberg project executive for 5 years. Guess why he didn't list it on his resume: (1) it was working closely with William Ayers, who brought him on the project of his and (2) it was a big fat failure, squandering about a hundred million dollars on a vast educational program to try to radicalize early education teaching (teaching children left-wing activist principles).

Annenberg is a liberal funding foundation that funds the advancement of left-wing agendas, and its factcheck.org is a big, partisan, dishonest fraud. They have big conflicts of interest this election year because of their ties with Obama.

Obama & Ayers Pushed Radicalism On Schools
By STANLEY KURTZ, Wall Street Journal

"Despite having authored two autobiographies, Barack Obama has never written about his most important executive experience. From 1995 to 1999, he led an education foundation called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), and remained on the board until 2001. The group poured more than $100 million into the hands of community organizers and radical education activists..."

more at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122212856075765367.html?mod=special_page_campaign2008_mostpop

The media and liberal elites all feed from the same troughs of ideological, radical left wing foundations and activism. They're all in the same termite nest, from ACORN to AYERS.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 23, 2008 5:11 PM

How can one say press works for Obama when the Republican ticket (McCain and Palin) does not want to answer any questions? All they want to do is read whatever is on the teleprompter. Period. Do they have a clue what really is going on in the country today?

Posted by: maria | September 23, 2008 5:08 PM

I sure am enjoying this election. From tearing down her family, to attacking her personally, to attacking her career, to ignoring her, Palin seems to win every round. When has a VP candidate EVER caused such fear in the other party's eyes? I love these articles. They make her stronger. Keep it up. She will accept votes from all comers. Hell, even Bill Clinton respects her!

Posted by: dbc | September 23, 2008 5:04 PM

MakeD didn't you get the memo from the queer OUTED mark Buse McCain's chief of staff

N*GGER isn't used this season...uppity, Obama Waffles, and community organizers are the preferred euphamisms...right Hannity and Lou Dobbs?

Posted by: mark | September 23, 2008 5:02 PM

Sarah Palin likes to compare herself to Senator Clinton.
Hillary could masterfully do 5 morning shows on one day. Step up to fill those pumps Sarah.

Senator Clinton plays in the Major Leagues of politics, and Sarah can't step up to the plate at a T-ball game.

Posted by: mark | September 23, 2008 4:59 PM

Please don't vote for HUSSEIN. White People in America can't afford to let a niggger muslim in the White House. It is the WHITE house after all.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 4:52 PM

oops barracuda mis spell above

Posted by: mark | September 23, 2008 4:52 PM

BRAVO networks and Press corps
Don't give Palin another second of coverage until she EARNS IT, by answering direct questions to reporters. She isn't running as spokesmodel she wants to be the VP of the United States. END the "No Talk Express" tour.
and Sarah, if the press smells fear baracuda sushi is on the lunch menu.

Posted by: mark | September 23, 2008 4:51 PM

You call the Hannity piece an interview? It was a fluff interview. The last time that much fluffing took place was on the set of a porno movie. That wasn't an interview - it was an infomercial for hemmorhoid cream.

Posted by: @ Dan Allen | September 23, 2008 4:48 PM

Hey WaPo and other press - here's a novel idea. How about not printing a single McShame talking point, or writing a single piece about them until they end this ridiculous quarentine.

Why do you losers keep abdicating your responsibility as the Fourth Estate?

Posted by: A Modest Proposal | September 23, 2008 4:46 PM

"

Why should the McCain campaign talk to the press?

The press works for Obama.
They've proven that.

They are traitors to America, like him, and partisans. They have zero credibility.

If Obama wins, they're going to pay.

Posted by: Obama is a Fascist | September 23, 2008 1:41 PM "

I thought you morons thought he was a Communist. Or a Muslim. Or a Socialist. Now a Fascist? WHEE! Amazing what the truly stupid come up with!

Posted by: tom | September 23, 2008 4:41 PM

All aboard the "No Talk Express"!!!

Posted by: wordup | September 23, 2008 4:01 PM

"When was Joe Biden's last press confrence?

Posted by: Dan Allen | September 23, 2008 3:00 PM"

Why not do yourself a favor Dan and re-read the article and use a little reading comprehension and check out the website they offer for yourself. I think you'll be surprised who and when held press conferences. Also, the main point of the article is that McCain PROMISED a weekly Q&A... that was before Palin. Now, this is the last time I will ever explain an article for you. I am hopefuly that when you read and post non-sense in the future, you know what the heel you're talking about first!

Posted by: Ed | September 23, 2008 3:53 PM

"After 29 seconds observing the meeting, CNN and other photographers covering the meeting were escorted out of the room.

Later, McCain-Palin press representatives chalked up the restrictions to a “mix-up, a miscommunication among staff.” The full pool — a print and wires reporter, along with a television producer — was then allowed in to observe Palin’s meeting with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe for 15-20 seconds."

Posted by: wordup | September 23, 2008 3:38 PM

How do you know when John McCain and Sarah Palin are lying?

Their lips move!

That's why they aren't talking.

Lies, lies, lies, that's all they know!

Obama 08

Posted by: summer | September 23, 2008 3:32 PM

Roger Ailes, CEO of Fox News: “The candidates that can’t face Fox, can’t face Al Qaeda,” said Mr. Ailes. “And that’s what’s coming.”

What does that say about McCain-Palin?

Posted by: McBain | September 23, 2008 3:32 PM

Thank you,

Didn’t Charles Gibson interview her on ABC and then she had an interview Sean Hanity on FOX? Is it just she wasn't interviewed by who you her interview by?

Foot in mouth? Biden - no coal plants in the US
Obama – wants coal plants (per his acceptance speech)

Posted by: Dan Allen | September 23, 2008 3:29 PM

A free press is a wonderful thing indeed. I hope the U.S. free press prospers and continues for centuries. I scan a wide variety of online sites for news, opinions and editorials. I enjoy literature, the arts, and diverse avenues of free expression.

But the NY Times, the Washington Post, CNN, and similar media sources have repeatedly shown themselves to be so biased that I hope they go out of business. If I were a candidate, I would either manipulate those media sources or shut them out, too.

Posted by: MKS | September 23, 2008 3:27 PM

No wonder that they won't hold a press conference. They are afraid of again putting their foot into mouth. Afraid that Palin can't carry her own and will self destruct as she has already started.
McCain is so desparate to become President he says anything and changes that anything to suit the state. Two faced if not three! Republican Lemmings...follow on!

Posted by: John | September 23, 2008 3:22 PM

Joe Biden was on Meet the Press (or Face the Nation) two weeks ago. He is on one of the Sunday New shows taking questions almost every 2 weeks.

Posted by: GabsDad | September 23, 2008 3:03 PM

When was Joe Biden's last press confrence?

Posted by: Dan Allen | September 23, 2008 3:00 PM

While it would be easy to suggest that Gov. Palin shies from the press like a rabid pit-bull shies from water, I do feel her handlers do her as much of a disservice as they do the media, and ultimately the voters. She is probably a lot more ready to shine than those who are hermetically sealing her off from reporters, by their actions imply her to be. Her pleasant banter with Hamid Karzai about his recent first-born is a brilliantly folksy, and certainly endearing icebreaker of an opener to their first conversation and any subsequent relationship that it might engender. Any parent can relate to that kind of comment and couldn’t help but interpret it in a positive light. By implication, if she can’t be trusted with an open mic how in God’s name are we supposed to potentially entrust her with the “nuclear football”? For how ever long her enforced press seclusion continues how are we not supposed to imagine the very worst? If John McCain was trusting his gut instincts when he picked her (as I think he was) why not trust her now? She and his election hopes will suffer for every minute they continue to keep her under wraps!

Posted by: Kevin | September 23, 2008 2:55 PM

The reason McSame and Palin are not answering questions are the same reasons murderers lawyer up when they get caught. They are trying to pull an "OJ". but this time the prize is not a get out of jail free card, but the white house.

LMAO at the people emphasizing Obama's middle name in caps. Do u scare that easy? I don't:)
takes me back tho, haven't seen that move since middle school:)

Posted by: indie11 | September 23, 2008 2:51 PM

Never mind with: Thanks but no thanks on the Bridge of Nowhere, I would like to know
What happened with the millions of dollars?

Posted by: Rose Lopez | September 23, 2008 2:48 PM

Only rational voter decision in response to news blackout from john 'no straight or other talk' mccain and sarah 'pygmalion in a poke' pahlin is "No Deal".

Same with bush administration proposal to provide congress and voters no information or oversight while buying $700+(?) billion of below-water mortgages, car loans and credit card debt: "No Deal".

When someone doesn't have time to explain why we should vote for them or give them our money, they cannot be taken seriously.

since everybody, including mccain, pahlin and bush (or their handlers) already knows this, the only apparent explanation for their providing no information but urging quick action is that more information may provide us even LESS reason to grant their request than their simply beseeching us to take yet another 'trust me' blind leap of faith (into yet another iraqi WMD pottery barn?).

guess if it's not imminent mushroom cloud from iraq then it's an imminent mushroom cloud from Wall Street -- "hurry, hurry, hurry; quick give us your money before we change our minds about taking it."

Posted by: ithejury | September 23, 2008 2:19 PM

How about having George Will interview McCain?

Posted by: LisaSt | September 23, 2008 2:17 PM

It's not just the press..you have to know that Palin is very much like Bush in her cover-ups and cronies in government in Alaska.
John McCain was the darling of the Press. For them to say the press is "in the tank" for Obama is hysterical. Everything Obama says or does is put under a microscope and disected 50 ways. McCain had a free pass with all his flip-flops and gaffs until he chose Palin.
Now the straight talk expres has become the no talk express. If you guys want McCain/Palin, why not just keep Bush and Cheney? Secrecy, cronyism, power grabs...we've already got that!
Let's have a REAL change - integrity and pragmatism are GOOD things. And a little empathy would be nice for a change as well.
Obama/Biden '08!!!

Posted by: Crazy Me | September 23, 2008 2:03 PM

That's not because he is a chickenhawk. That is who his handlers are. He won't face a real, live, unscripted press conference because he is a chicken.

For someone who justifies sliming his opposition for refusing McCain's "offer" to participate in town hall meetings, McCain has no business running anything much less being President.

Posted by: Patriot3 | September 23, 2008 1:52 PM

"They are traitors to America"

That rage you feel would be considered a "preexisting condition" by your health insurance provider, meaning that under McCain's healthcare proposal, you would most likely get dropped and lose your coverage.

Posted by: wordup | September 23, 2008 1:50 PM

I'd love to see a Palin Press Conference. Just make sure it isn't on during American Idol, Monday Night Football or any reality TV show. I'm not allowed to decide who I am going to vote for when any of these, more pressing, responsibilities are available to distract me.

Oh ... and on Sunday night I try and eat dinner with my kids so I'll need advance warning if I have to cancel on them so I can watch her.

Posted by: SeanD | September 23, 2008 1:45 PM

Why should the McCain campaign talk to the press?

The press works for Obama.
They've proven that.

They are traitors to America, like him, and partisans. They have zero credibility.

If Obama wins, they're going to pay.

Posted by: Obama is a Fascist | September 23, 2008 1:41 PM

McShame is just following his mommy's advice, for once, "If you can't say anything good, don't say anything!"

Posted by: JoeS | September 23, 2008 1:14 PM

Palin is like a robot. She's not her own self. If they're confident she fits the bill to be a vice president why don't they allow her to speak for herself? Now wonder Biden said she's disabled. They're protecting her because she's disabled politically.

What's the difference between the McCain campaign and the Sudanese government that once pushed and shoved visiting American journalists? Read the story here:http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/africa/07/21/rice.tussle/index.html.

The McCain campaign wants the world to believe that Palin is ready to be vice president on day 1, yet they won't allow her to be subjected to a media interview. Their tactics embolden dictators like Gaddaffi and Ahmedinejad.

Wake up American journalists. If she's not willing to give media interviews, black her out from the normal coverage.

Posted by: nwachai | September 23, 2008 1:07 PM

You can't give a news conference if you don't have anything to say...If questions were asked and answered honestly by McCain & Palin it would be obvious to all that they are nothing more than Bush III.

It is time for an intellect to be in the White House, we have learned operating from gut instinct just doesn't work...right GW?

This registered Republican is voting for Obama. The R's have disappointed me in nearly every aspect of this last administration...I'm done.

Posted by: j.hosking | September 23, 2008 1:05 PM

Wait, there's more:

"Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who has not held a press conference in nearly four weeks of campaigning, on Tuesday banned reporters from her first meetings with world leaders, allowing access only to photographers and a television crew.

CNN, which was providing the television coverage for news organizations, decided to pull its TV crew, effectively denying Palin the high visibility she had sought. ..."

Posted by: wordup | September 23, 2008 12:49 PM

The first thing that needs to be "bailed out" is this Republican Ticket and the Republican Party.

Never before have I been so insulted as a voter than I am with this election. I am expected to spend my one and only vote for a duo that does not think enough of me that they believe they can make this election about "personality" and not issues. With issues staring them in the face, they lie, distort, slander, evade and do not even have the courage to face the people through the press waiting to subject Palin until she can be treated "with deference and respect".

They got that upside down! It is the American voter who needs to be treated with deference and respect. We need to see and hear something more from this campaign and these two "reformers". I see nothing on which to invest my vote and everything on which NOT to.

Posted by: TJW | September 23, 2008 12:40 PM

So it's settled: All lurkers and undecideds, if you like the way Cheney turned out and appreciate his refreshingly lack of oversight and transparency, vote for McCain/Palin.

Posted by: wordup | September 23, 2008 12:34 PM

One-on-one sitdowns and reading the same speech off a teleprompter over and over again are not press conferences. Is it tiring being a republican apologist/troll? Doesn't it cut into your golf time?

Posted by: wordup | September 23, 2008 12:32 PM

wordup:

I wasn't the one who claimed that no VP candidate in modern history has denied the press.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 12:24 PM

John Quimby:

Then you haven't been listening. John McCain was on EVERY morning talk show last week. He's giving yet another "Press Conference" this week. Barack HUSSEIN Obama was The One who refused to meet with McCain in weekly townhalls.

Take your head out of the sand.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 12:23 PM

No, it's okay everybody: Cheney didn't give a press conference in 2000.

Posted by: wordup | September 23, 2008 12:22 PM

Patrick:

Charlie Gibson is not a "reporter"? Maybe the McCain campaign thinks reporters from the NYT and WaPo are "in the bag" for Obama.

I was at least "right" about Dick Cheney not giving a "Press Conference" in modern times ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 12:21 PM

As usual, JakeD is wrong. Palin has never held a press conference or answered questions from reporters on the campaign trail. She did do a sitdown with Charlie Gibson and has one in the works with Katie Couric. (Hannity doesn't count because he's a commentator who's in the bag for the GOP, not a journalist.) She's only answered questions from the audience on one occasion, and that was at a campaign rally for which attendees were pre-screened by the local GOP office.

Posted by: Patrick | September 23, 2008 12:17 PM

And that Cheney vice-presidency turned out really well for America. Thank God it's in its "last throes." Also, that's got nothing to do with McCain's "40 Days and Counting." He's not exactly leadership material. Even George Will thinks so.

Posted by: wordup | September 23, 2008 12:11 PM

Problem is I get more answers on policy from JakeD than John McCain.

Does McCain speak for the Davis/Schmidt campaign?

Or is he still on Time Out?

Posted by: John Quimby | September 23, 2008 12:11 PM

You're an effing idiot & I already told you you're too stupid for me to waste time on.
End of transmission.
Posted by: AsperGirl | September 19, 2008 4:32 PM

I have not seen a post from aspergirl since this one.

I have not seen an aspergirl-like dissembling or distorted post since then.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 12:05 PM

Will ANY of the candidates answer this question...

FINANCIAL TERRORISM A ROOT CAUSE
OF WALL STREET MONEY MELTDOWN?

Once again, Congress is being asked to rush through emergency legislation -- to cede effective control of the economy to the government.

Officials continue to blame lax lending policies on the part of the mortgage industry for spawning this crisis. But is that entirely true?

And is there a hidden agenda at work? Is government extra-judicial "targeting" of American citizens a root cause of the mortgage meltdown that spawned the broader financial crisis?

Consider this:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/targeting-u-s-citizens-govt-agencies-root-cause-wall-street-financial-crisis OR
members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener | September 23, 2008 12:04 PM

Ignore Caribou Barbie and the Geezer for a couple days and they'll BEG for some media attention...

Posted by: braultrl | September 23, 2008 12:00 PM

wordup:

What's "modern" to you? Dick Cheney didn't give a "news conference" in 2000.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 11:59 AM

A McCain campaign will be like the Bush administration eschew the press. They have much to hide.

What I want to know is what do the uncommitted voters think about this?

Posted by: Jerry Mander | September 23, 2008 11:54 AM

McSame can't take questions because his answers would remind those who've forgotten that he's a doddering old fool who can't remember what he had for breakfast. And Palin can't answer questions because that would force her out of the carefully-constructed bubble erected around her by the Bush campaign thugs who are running McSame's campaign to hide the fact that she's an empty suit with a Penthouse body.

Posted by: TruthTeller41 | September 23, 2008 11:51 AM

John McCain: Accountability avoidance you can believe in!

Posted by: wordup | September 23, 2008 11:38 AM

No media scrutiny now, watch out if McCain-Palin win this election. It will make Dick Cheney seem like a motor-mouth. Can anyone imagine voting for major party candidates who hold the media in such contempt. The media, good or bad, is the only way most of us will ever get the information necessary to make informed decisions. We forget is all kinds of media: TV, print media, radio, and so forth.

Posted by: EarlC | September 23, 2008 11:38 AM

Wow - where's Rush Limbaugh? .....I mean "aspergirl".

Posted by: Donny | September 23, 2008 11:25 AM

I can see the state of the union address now (in its entirety):

"9/11...Shut up and drink your oil. Any questions, Mr Hannity? Thanks - See ya!"

Posted by: Donny | September 23, 2008 11:23 AM

the whole ticket is mute:

"It is now 24 days since [Palin] was announced as a potential president of the United States next January and she still hasn't given a news conference or has any plans to hold one. This black-out of all serious press access has never happened in modern American political history before."

that's not leadership.

Posted by: wordup | September 23, 2008 11:20 AM

Mr. Shear - how dare you write anything negative about John McCain... he was a POW for heaven's sake!

Posted by: corbett | September 23, 2008 11:19 AM

COWARDS!

Posted by: William J. | September 23, 2008 11:01 AM

Hillary did not "answer" any of Matt's questions until "did you want to be VP?"

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 10:54 AM

to this poster: If women don't put a woman in the White House now, then when?
As I see it, the next round for a woman will have to be a least 12 years away, perhaps 2020.
Seize the day, ladies!

Are you a monumental retard? A person's gender has NO bearing on their ability to run a country. Especially a person that no reasonable previous political experience, not to mention the fact that they are just more of the same crap that is in office right now.

Posted by: Bradley | September 23, 2008 10:47 AM

Hey Pete, she's running for VP. POTUS gets the White House. Duh!

Posted by: Brooksbender | September 23, 2008 10:35 AM

Did anyone see Hillary on the Today Show this morning?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 10:34 AM

If women don't put a woman in the White House now, then when?
As I see it, the next round for a woman will have to be a least 12 years away, perhaps 2020.
Seize the day, ladies!

Posted by: pete | September 23, 2008 10:31 AM

Mario:

Are you a U.S. citizen?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 10:28 AM

THE RNC SUPPORTERS CANNOT SAY ANYTHING ABOUT ATTACKS ON THIS UNKNOWN CANDIDATE.
SHE WAS A POLITICAL AND NOT QUALIFIED TO BE VP OF THE USA, AND THEY KNOW THIS, BUT THEY NEVER ADMIT A MISTAKE.
THEY THROW SO MUCH MUD AND SLIMP YOU CANNOT EVEN GET A REPLY ON THE ISSUES. I AM SO TIRED OF DEFLECTIONS FORM THE PROBLEMS AND THEIR VICIOUS DOCTINE OF BUSINESS OVER PEOPLE. CONSERVATIVES ONLY CARE ABOUT THE TOP TEN CONSERVATIVES OR PEOPLE OF POWER AND PRIVILEDGE.
IT IS A SHAME

Posted by: MARIO | September 23, 2008 10:22 AM

THE RNC SUPPORTERS CANNOT SAY ANYTHING ABOUT ATTACKS ON THIS UNKNOWN CANDIDATE.
SHE WAS A POLITICAL AND NOT QUALIFIED TO BE VP OF THE USA, AND THEY KNOW THIS, BUT THEY NEVER ADMIT A MISTAKE.
THEY THROW SO MUCH MUD AND SLIMP YOU CANNOT EVEN GET A REPLY ON THE ISSUES. I AM SO TIRED OF DEFLECTIONS FORM THE PROBLEMS AND THEIR VICIOUS DOCTINE OF BUSINESS OVER PEOPLE. CONSERVATIVES ONLY CARE ABOUT THE TOP TEN CONSERVATIVES OR PEOPLE OF POWER AND PRIVILEDGE.
IT IS A SHAME

Posted by: MARIO | September 23, 2008 10:22 AM

So much for all the questions from media and real people McCain-Palin actually answered ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 10:13 AM

Why does the press think that people owe them interviews. No one has to meet with you. You travel with these people, so cover what happens. Geez you guys are getting lazy. What happened to actual journalists. Reading the paper today is getting more like the National Enquirer.

Posted by: Chris | September 23, 2008 10:11 AM

SO I GUESS IT IS OK TO WANT TO BE THE PRESIDENT AND THE VP AND TO NOT BE VETTED BY YOUR CANDIDATE YOUR PARTY OR THE PUBLIC.
THE TRUTH IS IT IS NOT AND WE ALL SHOULD BE OUTRAGED

Posted by: MARIO | September 23, 2008 10:07 AM

Also, WASHINGTON POST isn't it time for another McCain physical/cancer checkup in October? Where's the follow-up on this story?

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | September 23, 2008 10:00 AM

Palin and McCain duck questions from the media and voters. That's not surprising. But how long they do this is!

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | September 23, 2008 9:57 AM

Satirechecker has it ab out as right as anyone today..."The truth is all these networks,like FOX, are conservative right wing media, answering to the corporate bottom line in true capitalist fashion."

It started after Watergate, with NC Tobacco manoe and string pullers (Helms in particular) as the monopolists bought up every media they could own.

Then they installed their neocon-wannabe managers, who stifled the flow of real news and they turned the news into constant lies, the most egregious of which was the WMD fabrication they all conspired in promulgating.

There is no 4th estate in the mainstream media any more, the blogs have picked up that sceptre if only by default.

At least here on the blogs, we aren't expected to believe what anyone writes... if it rings true here, it usually has some veracity.

On the flip- side, so much of the wingnut respnse is just dumbfounded ditto-head regurgitation of wingnut radio-head provocateurs, who quite simply hate Democrats and anything not joined at the hip to the post-9-11 neocon super-power dementia.

I've lurked here incessantly, posting irregularly. So I can say with all certainty, there has not been a vuable, respectable debator here since before November 2006, not one conservative voice of reason, they have all been abject echo boxes, mimicking the dim thoughts of dull radio hate-jocks.

There is not a real debator among these wingnuts, and this blog grew boring because of them.

Posted by: JEP | September 23, 2008 9:50 AM

Wow, Allen, you realize you can't just say "That's a fact" and it becomes one, right? You must have learned that from Fox News

Posted by: RH | September 23, 2008 9:38 AM

Well that's because Americans KNOW that the most corrupt institution in America today is our mostly liberal MSM wolfpack press.

Just looks at the ATTACK stories that the corrupt POST has had on Sarah Palin since she was announced as McCains running mate.

I believe today is the FIRST day that I haven't seen an Page A1 "hit piece" on Sarah for the flaming liberal elites at the POST.

Meet the official "alpha" members of the most corrupt liberal institution in America:

ASSOCIATED PRESS, WAHSINGTON POST, NEWSWEEK,TIME, NYTIMES, LATIMES, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, AND CBS.

This is the "Wolfpack" that killed Hillary Clinton's campaign and the same wolfpack that now is going after Sarah Palin and McCain.

And every single one of these corrupt liberal newsoutlets are in-the-tank for Obama.

And NO ONE can dispute that FACT.

I say ignore these corrupt outlets until they announce "affirmative action" programs that include NOT EXCLUDE more moderates/Independents and conservative/Republican journalist......

Posted by: Allen Ridge | September 23, 2008 9:32 AM

Suzanne:

I take it you were disappointed that Obama declined McCain's invitations to participate in townhalls?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 9:31 AM

::QUOTED FOR TRUTH::


We all know the media is leftist. Just like its owners.
Gerneral Electric is a communist corportation it owns NBC.
Walt Disney another hotbed of liberalism owns ABC.
Viacom chairman sumner redstome (another pinko) owns CBS.
Of course Time Warner is a Bleeding Heart organization. It owns CNN NEWS.

The truth is all these networks,like FOX, are conservative right wing media, answering to the corporate bottom line in true capitalist fashion.

Don't knock the New York Times.
In this country you never value what you have until it's gone.
::QUOTED FOR TRUTH::

The Right has succeeded in separating 'low-information voters' from sources of political information by characterizing all media (with a few, noisome exceptions) as liberal and unpatriotic. By fostering mistrust of the media (which is actually more corporate controlled and right wing than ever in our nation's history) they are able to deflect any reporting of their misdeeds and incompetence by attacking the messenger. Sadly, millions are taken in by this tactic, and are, for the most part, beyond the reach of reason, logic and truth. I weep for our once-proud nation and its willfully ignorant herd of citizens.

Posted by: SatireChecker | September 23, 2008 9:22 AM

Dear R:
"Its really too bad so many folks rely on recipes, technology, medicine and gravity day in and out but still can't quite fathom the inconsistency when they rant about whether or not global warming is human made or about say, Science itself."
The truth is: More and more scientists are coming to understand that - despite the "science" of eminent scientist Albert Gore - there is NO SCIENCE to support anthropomorphic global warming. It's a theory, as yet wholly unsubstantiated. So, before you go ridiculing the IQ of more learned people than you (as the condescending lib Democrats invariably do to their fellow Americans), get some facts. Global warming exists - as does global cooling, and the cycle has repeated itself - on record, at least twice. (It also is occurring on Mars; how many humans areliving on Mars, again, and how much industrialization is going on there?) It is an arrogant (and very liberal self-actualized) concept to beleive that humans can exert such force on environmental change of that magnitude. Did you know that this year's temeratures were the coolest reported in the last 10 years? And, oh yeah, didn't Al Gore say 3 years ago that we would all self-immolate from global warming in 10 years? Now, there's a scientist who could educate some people (cough, liberals, cough).

Posted by: gaelgirl | September 23, 2008 9:19 AM

McCain/Palin '08
We'll tell you what you need to know when we think you need to know it, Citizen. Now move along - nothing to know here...

Posted by: Disgusted | September 23, 2008 9:10 AM

Seeing republicans as CRIMINAL I believe they are trying to get the people to think about something else other than their "DISASTEROUS/RECORD/MESS/ they have done to my country!

...."THEY BELONG IN JAIL!

..."Republicans have BROKE U.S. Law and International Law."

...."A Time Comes, "When Silence Is Betrayal."---Martin L. King

Posted by: Tommy Birchfield/Master's Program, ETSU/Voter/VET USAF | September 23, 2008 8:58 AM

September 23, 2008
Liberals' Warnings About Obama Loss May Prove Self-Fulfilling
By Dennis Prager

"If Barack Obama loses the 2008 election, liberal hell will break loose.

Seven weeks before the 2008 presidential election, liberals are warning America that if Barack Obama loses, it is because Americans are racist. Of course, that this means that Democrats (and independents) are racist, since Republicans will vote Republican regardless of the race of the Democrat, is an irony apparently lost on the Democrats making these charges.

That an Obama loss will be due to racism is becoming as normative a liberal belief as "Bush Lied, People Died," a belief that has generated intense rage among many liberals. But "Obama lost because of white racism" will be even more enraging. Rage over the Iraq War has largely focused on President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. But if Obama loses, liberal rage will focus on millions of fellow Americans and on American society.

And it could become a rage the likes of which America has not seen in a long time, if ever. It will first and foremost come from within black America. The deep emotional connection that nearly every black American has to an Obama victory is difficult for even empathetic non-blacks to measure. A major evangelical pastor told me that even evangelical black pastors who share every conservative value with white evangelical pastors, including pro-life views on abortion, will vote for Obama. They feel their very dignity is on the line.

That is why the growing chorus -- already nearing unanimity -- of liberal commentators and politicians ascribing an Obama loss to American racism is so dangerous.

Andrew Sullivan of The Atlantic: "White racism means that Obama needs more than a small but clear lead to win."

Jack Cafferty of CNN: "The polls remain close. Doesn't make sense ... unless it's race."

Jacob Weisberg of Newsweek and Slate: "The reason Obama isn't ahead right now is ... the color of his skin. ... If Obama loses, our children will grow up thinking of equal opportunity as a myth."

Nicholas D. Kristof of New York Times: "Religious prejudice (against Obama) is becoming a proxy for racial prejudice."

Gerald W. McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, in a speech to union workers: "Are you going to give up your house and your job and your children's futures because he's black?"

Similar comments have been made by Kansas's Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, and by writers in Time magazine. And according to The Associated Press: "A poll conducted by The Associated Press and Yahoo News, in conjunction with Stanford University, revealed that a fairly significant percentage of Democrats and independents may not vote for Sen. Barack Obama because of his race." If you read the poll, it does not in fact suggest this conclusion. The pollsters assert that any person with any negative view of black life means that the person is racist and means that he would not vote for Obama. Both conclusions are unwarranted. But "Obama will lose because of racism" is how the poll takers and the media spin it.

Why do liberals believe that if Obama loses it will be due to white racism?

One reason is the liberal elite's contempt for white Americans with less education -- even if they are Democrats.

A second reason is that it is inconceivable to most liberals that an Obama loss -- especially a narrow one -- will be due to Obama's liberal views or inexperience or to admiration for John McCain.

The third reason is that the further left you go, the more insular you get. Americans on the left tend to talk only to one another; study only under left-wing teachers; and read only fellow leftists. That is why it is a shock to so many liberals when a Republican wins a national election -- where do all these Republican voters come from? And that in turn explains why liberals ascribe Republican presidential victories to unfair election tactics ("Swift-boating" is the liberals' reason for the 2004 Republican victory). In any fair election, Americans will see the left's light.

If Obama loses, it will not be deemed plausible that Americans have again rejected a liberal candidate, indeed the one with the most liberal voting record in the U.S. Senate. Liberals will explain an Obama defeat as another nefarious Republican victory. Combining contempt for many rural and middle-class white Americans with a longstanding belief in the inevitability of a Democratic victory in 2008 (after all, everyone they talk to despises the Republicans and believes Republicans have led the country to ruin), there will be only one reason Obama did not win -- white racism.

One executive at a black radio station told me when I interviewed him on my radio show at the Democratic National Convention that he could easily see riots if Obama loses a closely contested election. Interestingly, he said he thought blacks would be far more accepting of a big McCain victory.

I pray he is wrong on the first point. But it does seem that liberals are continuing to do whatever they can to increase anger at America, or at least at "white America." For 40 years, liberals have described the most open and tolerant society on earth as racist and xenophobic. If Barack Obama loses, the results of this liberal depiction of America may become frighteningly apparent."


Posted by: Scott | September 23, 2008 8:54 AM

I most sincerely have to agree with this posting:

Sarah Palin and the Death of Cheese

Genuine talent is no longer necessary to achieve acclaim. Just good looks and a good publicist. Ambition, which formerly needed to be framed by legitimate qualifications, became a talent in-and-of itself.

This death of cheese has so permeated the culture that no sector is left untainted. The genius of Karl Rove was in recognizing this cultural shift and exploiting it in politics to advance the extreme right-wing agenda of his boss George W. Bush. Of course, the agenda wasn’t really Bush’s. He, we all know now, barely has a thought in head. But he was the imperfect vehicle (rhetorically challenged, incurious, arrogant, though secretly insecure) which Rove utilized in this time to ensure that the ambition of the GOP was fulfilled. Bush won two terms. The first, barely, because he was someone you wanted to have a beer with. The second because 9/11 scrambled the brains of Americans.

I, like many of you, have always held a deep suspicion that this cultural change portended bad things for America and the world. I’ve watched as Americans have become stupider, more manipulatable, less interested in the world around them. They are all too busy dancing in the mirror.

And now, with Sarah Palin, my fears have been justified. She is the Reality TV/American Idol candidate for the most powerful office in the world. Without legitimate qualifications and the necessary interest and judgment to hold the office she seeks, she has risen like a phoenix to become an uber-celebrity and, somehow, beyond all logic and reason, a genuine possibility to be president of the United States.

Cheese thy name is Sarah.

This is what we always feared. The great democratization of society has put intelligence on the same level as stupidity. Education on the same level as ignorance. Character on the same level as good looks. Judgment on the same level as “gut” reaction.

Nothing is cheesy anymore. And, as a result, what finally happens when a society abandons it’s standards is that Sarah Palin can have her manicured finger on the button.

I want my cheese back.

http://nahnopenotquite.com/2008/09/22/sarah-palin-and-the-death-of-cheese/

Posted by: Intelligent 1 in P.G. | September 23, 2008 8:53 AM

Let us buyout the McCain ticket with some of that 700 billion and send them home.

Posted by: Jim | September 23, 2008 8:39 AM

If McCain feels he owes the public no answers now, imagine what his version of a Presidency looks like. "I do what I want, when I want".
He's not campaigning democratically, he's using fascist tactics to deal with his anger that so many people have questions of him that he can't answer to their (and my) satisfaction.
He and Obama are both Senators. Go check out what their votes supported....you'll see a world of difference as to who really believes in the American worker, and who supports moving even more jobs overseas. So that would make that newfound populist a liar or just confused--again?

Posted by: Suzanne | September 23, 2008 8:38 AM

I, too, agree that the media should pull all reporters covering the McCain/Palin ticket, if there is no interest from the Republican ticket in engaging the press and the public who they represent.

If there is no give and take, the press corps is merely functioning as an extension of the McCain's print and advertising campaign, regurgitating the obviously scripted sound bites and talking points of the day. It is especially galling when these oft repeated and unchallenged points are lies and deceits. "And so I said, 'Thanks, but no thanks'...".

Time for a media boycott of McCain/Palin until they learn the vital and constitutional import of a free and unshackled press.

Posted by: Jet City | September 23, 2008 8:18 AM

Sarah Palin and the Death of Cheese

Genuine talent is no longer necessary to achieve acclaim. Just good looks and a good publicist. Ambition, which formerly needed to be framed by legitimate qualifications, became a talent in-and-of itself.

This death of cheese has so permeated the culture that no sector is left untainted. The genius of Karl Rove was in recognizing this cultural shift and exploiting it in politics to advance the extreme right-wing agenda of his boss George W. Bush. Of course, the agenda wasn’t really Bush’s. He, we all know now, barely has a thought in head. But he was the imperfect vehicle (rhetorically challenged, incurious, arrogant, though secretly insecure) which Rove utilized in this time to ensure that the ambition of the GOP was fulfilled. Bush won two terms. The first, barely, because he was someone you wanted to have a beer with. The second because 9/11 scrambled the brains of Americans.

I, like many of you, have always held a deep suspicion that this cultural change portended bad things for America and the world. I’ve watched as Americans have become stupider, more manipulatable, less interested in the world around them. They are all too busy dancing in the mirror.

And now, with Sarah Palin, my fears have been justified. She is the Reality TV/American Idol candidate for the most powerful office in the world. Without legitimate qualifications and the necessary interest and judgment to hold the office she seeks, she has risen like a phoenix to become an uber-celebrity and, somehow, beyond all logic and reason, a genuine possibility to be president of the United States.

Cheese thy name is Sarah.

This is what we always feared. The great democratization of society has put intelligence on the same level as stupidity. Education on the same level as ignorance. Character on the same level as good looks. Judgment on the same level as “gut” reaction.

Nothing is cheesy anymore. And, as a result, what finally happens when a society abandons it’s standards is that Sarah Palin can have her manicured finger on the button.

I want my cheese back.

http://nahnopenotquite.com/2008/09/22/sarah-palin-and-the-death-of-cheese/

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 8:13 AM

Well, golly gee, the Obama press is mad that McCain won't talk to them. Go figure? Maybe if you guys covered Obama as aggressively as you cover McCain, the country would believe that the media was actually trying to be fair instead of trying to get Obama elected.

Posted by: mikel4 | September 23, 2008 8:07 AM

To all you Sarah Palin haters who question where she's been the past 30 days - she's been working on her Economic Recovery Plan - so ha ha ha.

First on President Palin's plan is to get rid of unused government assets, such as the White House, which has been vacant for the past eight years. Check eBay for a future listing.

Next is Camp David, no longer a presidential retreat but since the turn of the century, a mountain bike resort. Also to be posted on eBay.

Finally, to refill government coffers after the Bush Bailout, she is selling Alaska back to the Russians. After all, we don't want the Russians to stand on their soil and be able to see into America.

So get a grip all you Palin haters. Miss America knows what she is doing.

Posted by: haymarketbill | September 23, 2008 7:47 AM

I agree with the suggestion of quid pro quo. If the McCain folks don't dignify the media and the public with an opportunity to ask questions, the media should shut down its coverage of the campaign. Afterall, covering a campaign that refuses to offer opportunities for unscripted conversations, questions and answers is just covering the campaign they're controlling. You don't really need a reporter for that.

Posted by: MassamachusettsWoman | September 23, 2008 7:29 AM

Nice sum-up Derek. Now if we could work in a few Dr Strangelove quotes it would be genius. If only satire could work some magic on the ignorant- and I don't mean simply the uninformed but those who willfully ignore facts and hold faith and stubbornness itself as a virtue. Its really too bad so many folks rely on recipes, technology, medicine and gravity day in and out but still can't quite fathom the inconsistency when they rant about whether or not global warming is human made or about say, Science itself. Its not just the facts that many people need its a criticism of the way in which their minds apply them- arbitrarily.

Posted by: R | September 23, 2008 7:06 AM

Maybe, the media should follow suite. If McCain Palin back away from giving interviews, it only makes business sense for the media should devote less time and manpower to them.

Posted by: Frank | September 23, 2008 6:41 AM

(linkback) Smart or Dumb? It's been 40 days since McCain or Palin news conference [VOTE] - http://www.thriveorfail.com/5dafd

Posted by: Kevin K. | September 23, 2008 6:35 AM

The McCain campaign cannot afford any scrutiny. If they have any hope of pulling the wool over voters' eyes they must tightly control the message and the message isn't about issues.

They must also protect McCain because he personally cannot withstand scrutiny. There is something not quite right with him.

Look at who runs this campaign and look at how they're running it. They are from the Bush administration and from K Street. They spin, they bluster, they pretend outrage. Their behavior offers great insight into what a McCain administration would be like.

Haven't we had enough of these people and of an incompetent president?

God help the United States if these people prevail.

Posted by: Sandy | September 23, 2008 4:32 AM

Joe Biden: "I am not interested in the vice presidency". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEtaAD12i2s

Posted by: American | September 23, 2008 4:03 AM

Thank you Republicans for giving us Richard Nixon instead of Hubert Humphrey. Thanks for letting Reagan trade arms illegally to Iran and not calling him on it. Thanks for impeaching that Rascal Clinton who only gave us peace, prosperity and fiscal sanity. Thanks sooo much for GW and Cheney instead of that dummie Al Gore. And God Bless You All for John McCain and Super gov Palin who will save us from that over educated elitist Obama and that know it all Biden.
Ohio, decide for the rest of us again please. Don´t let those idiots in California and New York get away with anything! They keep insisting election after election that the Democratic ticket is the way to go. Don´t listen to them! New York is just the financial and cultural center of the world. California would only be the 5th most powerful Country if it were a Country unto itself. They know nothing!
Ohioans, please base your votes on your own needs in Ohio. Not on what the rest of the Country or World needs.
Michigan! You guys have it rough. Your state is basically a poorly run mess. That is why we trust you to be the deciders for the rest of us.
Florida. Ahhhhhhh, Florida. The State that single handedly saved us all and gave us Bush and Cheney! Just because your entire state is in foreclosure and more people are leaving than staying doesn´t mean we don´t need you to decide who our next president will be. Help us!
Pennsylvanians. Put down your weapons and bibles and decide for us please. We are all counting on you. Who should be a heartbeat from the presidency and our nuclear arsenal? A beauty queen\sportscaster who boldly refuses to accept the decision of the Scopes Trial, or a long time Senator who is widely believed to be the most knowledgeable person in Washington regarding Foreign Policy? I think the answer is clear.
Decide for us. We are all counting on you to do the right thing this time. We love you Republicans. The Country is so much better off thanks to your wonderful Party and all of the top notch Presidents you have bestowed upon us. It just keeps getting better and better!

Posted by: derek | September 23, 2008 2:41 AM

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/palin-soft-preparedness-of-lowered.html


Monday, September 22, 2008
Palin: The Soft Preparedness of Lowered Expectations

In all seriousness, expect the following from Palin's "meetings" with leaders on Tuesday and Wednesday:

-A series of serious-sounding quotes, direct from her days of preparation, that cannot possibly indicate her actual knowledge on the issues, data and risks facing each and with regard to each nation. Quotes, not knowledge, happen in days.

-A bevy of positive statements from each leader--after all, that's why they were chosen--all being nations seeking U.S. favor, and having nothing to lose and potentially much to gain by doing so.

-A rush of "surprised" reactions from media at "how seriously she was taken", ready, as so often, to grasp the superfically new.

-An attempt by the McCain camp to drive through her supposed preparedness as a result, as quickly as possible, before the debates.

-Still no in-depth, free-form, extensive challenging interviews from this prospective President.

Don't buy it.

A few days ago, she was ready to invade Russia (which she could see from her border).

Remember, for your security and future: A series of rehearsed quotes does not a President make.

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/palin-soft-preparedness-of-lowered.html

Posted by: Emily | September 23, 2008 2:09 AM

McCain insults young people who worry he's too old to be president:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2zx3-0zOPs

Then he flip flops on the Iraq war, the Confederate flag, and gay marriage:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioy90nF2anI

"Straight talk.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 2:03 AM

Why are McCain and Palin hiding from the press?? 40 days?? McCain has not only supported Bush's policies, he's adopted his campaign and only appears in carefully scripted events.

No More Years!!

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 23, 2008 1:53 AM

Country First!

Posted by: NotAfraidOfRobots | September 23, 2008 1:48 AM

Hank,

I hope you know I have Palin-McCain copyrighted and registered as a service mark. I've been using it since the night Palin gave her acceptance speech! :)

Posted by: Oh brother! | September 23, 2008 1:10 AM

Yeah all the flying press corps on Palin's plane could take some advice from Hank

Might as well be flying nuns or something.

Full plane with an empty head

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 12:59 AM

Hey, Washington Media, do you really want the Palin-McCain ticket to do a press conference? (Yes, I said Palin-McCain.)

I bet if the press seats on their campaign planes went vacant for just one day, the'd insist on a press conference.

Reporters and their editors need to grow a pair.

Posted by: Hank | September 23, 2008 12:54 AM

No she needs to do a live press conference and answer questions from some of her loyal lemming voters such as yourself. ha ha

Its your problem if you want to elect someone who won't take the time to talk to you or the live press in general after her teleprompter time is over.

I think I see a cliff coming.....

Sean Hannity or whoever is just Limbaugh on a Atkins diet

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 12:53 AM

So, wait, they need to do "Press Conference" or Sunday talk show?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 12:16 AM

Palin wont do live media interviews because she doesn't know anything


It soooooo obvious, McSame is a huge liar


How he manages to still be in the race is beyond me

People are just voting for the images presented to them and nothing more. It bothers me that even his own voters don't begin to demand more like a vp that talks to the press with a blankie.

It reminds me of a dictatorship...

When people fail to ask questions of their leaders. Leaders fail to answer them.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 12:14 AM

i wouldn't hold press conferences for the a$$hats in MSM either. why should they dance for the devil ?

do yourself a favor if you still suffer under some delusion that the media isn't in the tank for Obama

go to google news and type in Obama, cut n paste the last say 40-50 headlines. see what it looks like to you

then ask yourself this ? aside from the ostensible, who really benefits from all this bickering ? who gets the actual eyeballs and clicks ?

then when your ready for a huge lump of reality, imagine someone somehow could go over the last 20-40 years of everything you did or said to almost anyone. how well would you stand up ? could anyone find things to cast you in any given light ?

Posted by: deport_the_libs | September 22, 2008 11:38 PM

Let's be frank: very few reporters know anything about anything. In fact, they're hired precisely because they're incurious nonentities that won't ask real questions but instead will go along with what their employers want.

That explains almost everyone in the MSM.

So, the idea that the WaPo would ask McCain a real question is evidently false: just look at their past history of asking fluffball questions (when they aren't writing smear articles that pass on lies).

If anyone wants real questions to be asked, we have to do it ourselves. Go to a McCain appearance and ask him this, and then upload his response to Youtube:

http://24ahead.com/blog/archives/007421.html

And, here are some questions for BHO:

http://nomoreblather.com/obama-questions

We need to do the job the WaPo refuses to do.

Posted by: 24AheadDotCom | September 22, 2008 11:26 PM

We all know the media is leftist. Just like its owners.
Gerneral Electric is a communist corportation it owns NBC.
Walt Disney another hotbed of liberalism owns ABC.
Viacom chairman sumner redstome (another pinko) owns CBS.
Of course Time Warner is a Bleeding Heart organization. It owns CNN NEWS.

The truth is all these networks,like FOX, are conservative right wing media, answering to the corporate bottom line in true capitalist fashion.

Don't knock the New York Times.
In this country you never value what you have until it's gone.

Posted by: seems to me | September 22, 2008 11:13 PM

Mr. Shear!

You need to get a bit of stress relief at http://www.boppoll.com.

At 300 bops per 5 minutes, you can have a some peace of mind.

Posted by: Can we get some sleep yet! | September 22, 2008 11:03 PM

John McCain is getting bad marketing advice.

Posted by: brock101 | September 22, 2008 11:02 PM

Anyone notice the paucity of economists who think that the bailout will actually work?

Firstly, at what price will the Treasury buy back this toxic debt? Current pricing would indicate that this garbage has no market value in that no one wants to buy it. Even the bottom fisher scavenger funds are laying low.

The price paid by the Treasury has to be somewhere close to what the paper was originally purchased for...that's what the institutions want...it essentially recapitalizes them to where they were before the bubble burst.

Think that move will free up the credit markets?

Think again.

If you were a senior banker today what would you be doing?

Your goal would be to protect YOUR institution. Hoard cash. Build liquidity. Strengthen loan/deposit ratios. Reduce borrowings to an absolute minimum - preferably zero. Fund your assets with retail deposits (insured by FDIC) and your own capital.

Lend money to NO ONE if you don’t have to...tighten your credit standards.

DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INTER-BANK MARKETS if you are not a net buyer of funds....Do not sell fed funds...

This buyout may not accomplish what it is aiming for.....

Never fear....Jesus will be coming soon.

Posted by: toritto | September 22, 2008 10:54 PM

McCain is having ever increasing trouble remembering and being able to put together a coherent thought. There is a debate in the medical community beginning about whether this is more likely caused by dementia or a metastatic melanoma brain tumor.

His campaign actually announced that he would take a nap during the day before the Friday debate.

I think Kim Jong II would be honored and happily wait for McCain to nap during any disarmament discussions, don't you?

Posted by: Fred | September 22, 2008 10:44 PM

It's ridiculous to expect McCain to answer questions from the media when those positions change so quickly that even McCain himself can't keep track of what he believes in any more than you or I could keep track of how many houses we own.

When the media can't even stay up to date with McCain's *current* position on the issues, they have no business talking about McCain in the first place.

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 10:37 PM

I cant get a job at Walmart with the amount of information these two have given. Truthful info let me ad. How can anyone with a brain even take them seriously

Posted by: Q | September 22, 2008 10:32 PM

McCain desperately needs a diversion from this mess. Maybe the debates will change the subject. Maybe members of the Bush administration will manufacture one for him. Perhaps a phony terrorist attack.
If McCain has an October surprise up his sleeve, and I think he does, he will probably use it in September.

Posted by: seems to me | September 22, 2008 10:31 PM

@info

Hardly in the tank for Obama unless you forget the unending coverage of Rev. Wright...

Its not about "showing love" to the press, its about answering questions from the public.

Unless they have something to hide

Posted by: Defiance | September 22, 2008 10:31 PM

Yeah, but did they eat at Pinnochio's? The best strombolis in the Philadelphia area!

Posted by: Chris | September 22, 2008 10:30 PM

What part of the term Press Conference do you not understand? A gathering of reporters asking questions and receiving answers to those questions. Sarah Palin has not done that yet. McCain won't answer questions with the financial trainwreck looming. Especially when Gramm and McCain appear to be the engineers.

Posted by: seems to me | September 22, 2008 10:23 PM

Perhaps if you guys weren't so in the tank for Obama he might give you some love.

After all, he already did his wartime service.

Posted by: info | September 22, 2008 10:13 PM

IT does surprise me- The republicans are brain dead- what 894/899 and 6years and 5 colleges- These bozos don't even have advanced degree.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 10:13 PM

JakeD,

You really need to read a bit closer, neither of them have held news conferences. Otherwise McCain has been on only one of the Sunday morning shows and Palin has done the Gibson interview. The FOX infomercial doesn't count.

Posted by: usa3 | September 22, 2008 10:11 PM

Both have answered questions from the press. What are you talking about?!

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2008 10:07 PM

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