HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

February 25, 2008
The New York Times, Cable TV, And McCain

Dean Lawrence R. Velvel
VelvelOnNationalAffairs.com


This is probably my shortest posting ever.  It relates to The New York Times’ story about John McCain and the lobbyist.

The disgrace called cable news is trying to pretend that this story is really about a possible illicit romantic relationship.  That is news media spin.  It is cable television bovine defecation.  What the story is all about, in reality, is (semi regular) hypocrisy, some involving Ms. Iseman and some -- much -- involving other people and events.  Read it and see for yourself. 

Yes, the story discusses the Iseman situation.  Yes, that situation is covered fully.  But the story nonetheless is fundamentally a story illustrating the gross hypocrisy we now have come to expect from politicians, rather than a story about a sex scandal.  And as for the McCain campaign’s high-flown-language response about serving the country, never violating the public trust and never doing favors for special interests or lobbyists (right -- the campaign said this, if you can believe it), and that the story is a mere smear campaign, this response just more political bovine defecation, more of the political style obnoxiousness o f using fancy talk to evade, secrete, hide or lie.


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