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Now McCain hates the media too!

“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. – Yahoo News”

“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.” – Yahoo News

Yeah, this sounds just like Republicans, crying and whining all the time when they don’t get their way!

“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. – Yahoo News

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. – Yahoo News

Well, guess what McCain, Obama has been putting up with this for, like, six months now. Every election the Democrats get smashed by the media. McCain has a good relation with the media because he pays them to write good stuff about him and to write bad about the Democrats. It’s about time McCain gets a little tast of his own medicine.

“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. – Yahoo News

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