Media gets a lashing at McCain event
SCRANTON, Pa. – The news media got a brisk scolding from a supporter of Sen. John McCain at the Republican presidential nominee’s town hall meeting on Tuesday.
A woman in the audience thanked the Arizona senator for choosing Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate and accused the media of putting more effort into investigating Palin than the Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama.
“We want the media to start doing their jobs and stop picking on little children because of their age and their pregnancies,” she said, in reference to Palin’s unwed, pregnant 17-year-old daughter Bristol. “Shame on you. Shame on you.”
McCain waited until the applause died down and replied: “That is a great question.”
“Gov. Palin, she can take it,” he said. “She’s a reformer, and she will bring change, and she will bring reform, and that’s what Americans want very badly today.”
Separately, McCain’s senior advisor Steve Schmidt expressed outrage in a conference call with reporters over coverage of the campaign by The New York Times.
The Times on Monday ran a story saying McCain’s campaign manager worked for several years to help defend mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac against stricter regulations. The story comes at a time when McCain is criticizing the mortgage giants for avoiding increased regulation.
“Whatever The New York Times once was, it is today not by any standard a journalistic organization. It is a pro-Obama advocacy organization that every day attacks the McCain campaign, attacks Senator McCain, attacks Governor Palin, and excuses Senator Obama,” Schmidt said. “This is an organization that is completely, totally, 150 percent in the tank for the Democratic candidate.”
Photo credit: Reuters/Mike Segar (McCain shakes hands with Bristol Palin, who is standing next to boyfriend Levi Johnston at the Republican National Convention)