Sunday, September 7, 2008

NY Times to McCain Campaign: Don't Whine at Us For Doing the Job You Wouldn't

The New York Times is defending itself against the whining of the GOP, and it's about time:

In our instant-news and celebrity- obsessed culture, Palin went from Sarah Who to conservative rock star in less than a week. In less than two months, she could be elected vice president to serve under the oldest president, at 72, ever elected to a first term, and one with a history of recurring melanoma. Intense, independent scrutiny by The Times and the rest of the news media of Palin’s background, character and record was inevitable and right.

By choosing a running mate unknown to most of the nation, and doing so just before the Republican National Convention, John McCain made it inevitable that there would be a frantic media vetting. It turns out that Palin was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it, that she sent e-mail complaining about a lack of disciplinary action against a state trooper who was going through a messy custody battle with her sister, and that she never made a decision as commander in chief of the Alaska National Guard, one of her qualifications cited by McCain.

The drip-drip-drip of these stories seems like partisanship to Palin’s partisans. But they fill out the picture of who she is, and they represent a free press doing its job, investigating a candidate who might one day be the leader of the Free World.

When faced with bald-faced liars such as John McCain, Americans rely on the media to expose the truth. They must not allow themselves to be cowed by the whiny tactics of self-serving political operatives.


cher said...

I followed you hear from 538... I remember being able to sleep last night after you made some comment which helped me put some perspective in all of this noise we are hearing. Thanks for offering some common sense! Cher in Colorado

Charles M. Kozierok said...

Thanks so much Cher, what a nice comment. :)