John McCain shows the media that access comes with a price

July 25, 2008 | By | 2 Replies More

Check out this video:  McCain is pointedly reminding the Wall Street Journal that media access isn’t free.  If you don’t write nice things about McCain, you might not get any story at all.

The accompanying article and video provide both the incident and the motive.   If reporter Elizabeth Holmes shapes up, maybe she can still get an invitation to McCain’s next barbecue for members of the media.

If the WSJ had any balls, it would publish an article describing this incident in detail, to show that McCain is a small-minded vindictive man.   The WSJ should also publish a detailed article conclusively demonstrating that McCain lacks the command of basic facts (and see here) necessary to serve as President.

To top it off, the WSJ should then conclusively argue, in an editorial, that being tortured as a prisoner or getting shot down several times in planes doesn’t qualify one to excel in any of the many tasks required of presidents.   Nor does dropping napalm on Vietnamese civilians in the 60’s prepare McCain to carry out any of the duties of President as spelled out in the U.S. Constitution.  Nor holding barbecues for the press.   Nor does it prepare one to be President that one refuses to release all of one’s military records or that one marries a rich woman who stands to benefit by McCain’s newly embraced policies for irresponsibly cutting taxes when the country is already deep in debt.  Nor does it prepare one to be President that one is the #1 most absent senator of the 110th Congress, having missed 61.8 percent of the votes.


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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. But then again, the WSJ is owned by Rupert Murdoch, not someone who is known for any other sympathy than for acquiring money. An article as described would not help Murdoch getting his hands on more easy money, methinks.

  2. Erich Vieth says:

    McCain is at it again, punishing media outlets that are actually doing journalism.

    Remember how yesterday night, CNN's Campbell Brown asked McCain flack Tucker "Anchorman" Bounds a simple question, then chortled and smiled at the sight of Bounds struggling to not answer her? Well, John McCain remembers! And as punishment for CNN daring to impose some level of journalistic rigor, McCain has abruptly canceled a scheduled appearance on Larry King Live tonight.

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