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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

McCain To Punish Any Media That Questions Campaign

Sigh. Not much else to sat than that. After the past few days of being in high dudgeon over the reckless and irresponsible trainwreck-to-be Sarah Palin, I don't have enough indignation left to fully scream to the mountaintops about this. But it's really shameful.

In essence, the McCain campaign has decided to aggressively punish and malign any news organization that - gasp - does its job and asks tough questions of any McCain surrogate. That is to say, any media outlet that doesn't allow a surrogate to just recite unchallenged talking points.

Yesterday, Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds appeared on CNN for an interview with Campbell Brown. Brown was tough on Bounds, refusing to let him spout typical campaign talking points. She repeatedly pressed him on Palin’s foreign policy experience and qualifications, asking him to name one decision that she made as commander-in-chief of the Alaskan National Guard. Bounds was unable to do so.

Today, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer revealed that because of that tough interview, the McCain campaign has canceled the senator’s appearance on Larry King Live tonight:

The McCain campaign said it believed that exchange was over the line and as a result the interview scheduled for Larry King Live with Sen. McCain was pulled. CNN does not believe that Campbell’s interview was over the line. We are committed to fair coverage of both sides of this historic election.

Here's the video in question: