Friday, February 22, 2008

Bozell: McCain Cannot Win Without Rush Limbaugh others

On C-Span, Brent Bozell, Media Research Center says John McCain cannot win the nomination without Rush Limbaugh and other conservative talk show hosts like Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham.

Bozell gave his take on the New York Times story which you have to hear first-hand. Personally, we're tired of the issue discussed without any of these people stating whether they knew from Drudge Report back in December something was coming out about McCain and lobbyists.

For McCain, Self-Confidence on Ethics Poses Its Own Risk

Anyone in the media world who had knowledge of this story, or any aspect of it, before John McCain ran for the highest office in the land should be held accountable.

This is the same kind of crap that went on prior to both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush elections. Not until far later do we know everything about them, practically, like Clinton's predilections and Bush's mispronouncing nu-k-u-lar for nuclear.

Bozell does say inner circles must have given Drudge the word, but he's unsure who.

When did Bozell know - back in December?

Bozell says McCain has serious differences with the conservatives on several fronts, including amnesty-like legislation for illegal aliens, global warming, etc.

Catch the C-Span program Live 8:00 a.m. or later in the day. When he could go over all of the disputes, he doesn't. we'll listen a bit longer to see if the C-Span listeners are able to sift through to the heart of the matter.

John McCain cannot be elected without Rush Limbaugh and other conservative talk show hosts coming to his defense - of his positions on the issues.

They are not.

They are coming to an offensive position against the New York Times.

That's different.

So if McCain cannoot win without Rush Limbaugh, who can?

As we posed y'day, the conservatives are not right now rallying round McCain.

It is Mitt Romney who can win because of Rush Limbaugh.

Thursday, February 21, 2008
Lou Dobbs: Goodwin: NYT McCain Story Conspiracy Theories Starting

Should any of these allegations about John McCain prove true in all areas with the exception of the salacious charge by unnamed sources of personal impropriety - John McCain's campaign is dead in the water.

It's very difficult to prove an affair and the media has a poor history of investigating potential presidents when they do have a good foundation for such an investigation from FDR to Bill Clinton.

Look just a few days out. The effect of the Washington Post's article may kick in yet.

There, just as I wrote that, Bozell says pretty much the same.

Y'day says Bozell the New York Times didn't have any there, there.

On the other hand, Bozell says, the Washington Post story, does have a there, there.

The host held up the newspaper with the headline:

The Anti-Lobbyist, Advised by Lobbyists

But we're not sure that was the article Bozell actually referenced.

We pointed out the Washington Post story y'day after hearing MSNBC guest attempting to make a remark about loans McCain obtained were based on later public financing of his campaign. The host wouldn't let the speaker continue, and immediately brought the discussion back to the New York Times, then the spot ended.

We tracked down this story and think it's the one Bozell may have referenced:

McCain Got Loan by Pledging to Seek Federal Funds
By Matthew Mosk
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, February 16, 2008; A10

Investigate further, mainstream media, or why should any of us trust any of you ever again.

It shouldn't take threat of somebody beating you to it, to do it. Just do it.

The American voters deserve in this day and age to have all of the information available to them before they go out and vote for somebody.

It doesn't look like Rush Limbaugh is yet convinced to support McCain. That's not just because he read the Washington Post, too.

Limbaugh, even in his February 21, 2008 e-mail to Politico, doesn't appear to indicate at all a conversion to John McCain. He recommends the New York Times should be under scrutiny, but he doesn't "rush" to McCain's side, or even much to his defense, when he has the opportunity to do so, now...

As recently as February 14, 2008...

Limbaugh sees no reconciliation with McCain Conservative radio host ratchets up attacks, but to what end? By Jacques Steinberg New York Times updated 11:23 p.m. ET, Thurs., Feb. 14, 2008

Unless we see or hear otherwise, the Times and Washington Post articles capture just what the major issue with John McCain remains by conservatives opposed to McCain.

He cannot be trusted to be conservative enough.

(Net the Truth Online)

The Anti-Lobbyist, Advised by Lobbyists
By Michael D. Shear and Jeffrey H. Birnbaum
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, February 22, 2008; A01
For years, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has railed against lobbyists and the influence of "special interests" in Washington, touting on his campaign Web site his fight against "the 'revolving door' by which lawmakers and other influential officials leave their posts and become lobbyists for the special interests they have aided."

But when McCain huddled with his closest advisers at his rustic Arizona cabin last weekend to map out his presidential campaign, virtually every one was part of the Washington lobbying culture he has long decried. His campaign manager, Rick Davis, co-founded a lobbying firm whose clients have included Verizon and SBC Telecommunications. His chief political adviser, Charles R. Black Jr., is chairman of one of Washington's lobbying powerhouses, BKSH and Associates, which has represented AT&T, Alcoa, JPMorgan and U.S. Airways.

Senior advisers Steve Schmidt and Mark McKinnon work for firms that have lobbied for Land O' Lakes, UST Public Affairs, Dell and Fannie Mae.

McCain's relationship with lobbyists became an issue this week after it was reported that his aides asked Vicki Iseman, a telecom lobbyist, to distance herself from his 2000 presidential campaign because it would threaten McCain's reputation for independence. An angry and defiant McCain denounced the stories yesterday, declaring: "At no time have I ever done anything that would betray the public trust."

...In McCain's case, the fact that lobbyists are essentially running his presidential campaign -- most of them as volunteers -- seems to some people to be at odds with his anti-lobbying rhetoric...

Bob Steel of the Poynter Institute appeared as a guest on MSNBC programming this afternoon. He briefly went over the John McCain situation with the New York Times.

A must read and good advice:

Thursday, February 21, 2008
Next Steps on McCain Story: Repeating What You Don't Report
By Kelly McBride:
(Additional comment below from Poynter's Roy Clark, Tom Huang, Bob Steele, Al Tompkins and Keith Woods.)
Most Americans will not learn about The New York Times' allegations that John McCain had an inappropriate relationship with a lobbyist from The New York Times. They'll hear it from cable television or talk radio or their local newspaper.

The rest of the world of journalism has as much credibility at stake today as The New York Times does...

...Our formulas for repeating news could work against us if we don't take some care and caution.

Here's an alternative structure: Give your audience the big picture. Tell them that the nation's largest and most prestigious paper published a long, complex story today, calling into question McCain's judgment on many issues. As part of that story, the newspaper revealed that eight years ago the senator's staffers feared he was having an affair with a lobbyist, who seemed to show up at unexpected times. Explain how news is originated and then repeated. Explain that many people have questions about The New York Times' approach. Examine the entangled relationship between journalism and politics.

The Times' decision to lead and end their story with McCain's relationship with Vicki Iseman is potentially distorting. The rest of the journalism world bears responsibility for minimizing or magnifying that distortion...

We tracked down a few related stories.

McCain Got Loan by Pledging to Seek Federal Funds
By Matthew Mosk Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, February 16, 2008; A10

Transcript of John McCain's roundtable discussion with Star editors
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 08.28.2005
This is a transcript of an interview Tuesday with U.S. Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican, by members of the editorial board and news staff of the Arizona Daily Star.
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