I would have never expected such a succinct explanation on Palin and the McCain campaign coming from someone who’s so utterly, completely missed the boat in the past (on things like the Iraq war, etc.).
Klein’s point, and it’s a good one, is this:
There is a tendency in the media to kick ourselves, cringe and withdraw, when we are criticized. But I hope my colleagues stand strong in this case: it is important for the public to know that Palin raised taxes as governor, supported the Bridge to Nowhere before she opposed it, pursued pork-barrel projects as mayor, tried to ban books at the local library and thinks the war in Iraq is “a task from God.” The attempts by the McCain campaign to bully us into not reporting such things are not only stupidly aggressive, but unprofessional in the extreme.
Keep in mind, Joe Klein is exactly the type of guy who would have gone all gaga over McCane not long ago. I’m guessing he completely relates with his described media “tendency.” He must feel utterly hoodwinked – and, thankfully, learned a thing or two since then.
There’s much more at his blog – go read it – but I do want to quote one more thing. This is utterly bizarre. And, quite frankly, scary.
Yesterday, McCain refused to an interview with Larry King, for God’s sake, because Campbell Brown had been caught in the commission of journalism on CNN the night before, asking McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds what decisions Sarah Palin had made as commander-in-chief of the Alaska national guard.
Here’s hoping Klein’s blog is a reflection of the media finally losing its long-standing love for “Maverick” McCain. I don’t know how it could become anymore clear that McCain is not a maverick and the reasons why the media loved him in 2000 no longer exist, if they ever really did to begin with. The media should continue to be tough on Palin, who’s still barely known, and make sure the American people are prepared to make a decision come November.