Category Archives: McCain and the Press

The News That Was Almost Shut Out

There’s a variation of it in every high-tech action-adventure movie – the hero, against all odds, has made his way to where the very bad thing is. Oh, it may be a nuclear bomb about to blow up New York … Continue reading

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All Campaigns Are Movies Now

Every four years it’s the same thing – a presidential election where Americans are told they have a real choice. Of course they do, even if on many matters both candidate agree – the United States is wonderful, motherhood sacred, … Continue reading

Posted in American Empire, Anti-Intellectualism, Attacks on Obama, Cartoon Politics, Celebrity, Elitism, Exploiting Resentment, Hollywood, McCain and the Press, McCain versus the Facts, McCain's Service, Obama, Obama's Celebrity Problem, Personality-Driven Politics, Political Posturing, Project for the New American Century (PNAC), Qualifications to be President, Style versus Substance, The Power of Narrative | Leave a comment

A Quiet Friday in August

Friday, August 8, should have been a quiet news day. Click on the cable news channels – this regular host or that is on vacation, and that makes sense. The party conventions are two weeks off and congress is in … Continue reading

Posted in Cindy McCain, Economic Issues, Edwards, Edwards Admits to Affair, Hillary Clinton, Journalism, McCain, McCain and the Press, Obama, Objective Journalism, Offshore Drilling, Oil Crisis, Reporting versus Opinion, Russia and Georgia War, Sex and Politics, Social Conservatives, Summer Olympics in Beijing, The McCain Brand, The Oil Crisis, The Olympics, The Power of Narrative, Values Voters | Leave a comment

Social Currency

The late A. J. Liebling – who joined the New Yorker in 1935 and stayed there through its glory days until he died in 1963 – was more than a bit of a wit, along with being a press critic, … Continue reading

Posted in Fair and Balanced, McCain and the Press, McCain versus the NY Times, Newspapers Dying, Obama as Messiah, Obama: Celebrity, Obama: Uppity, Objective Journalism, Press Bias, The New Media | Leave a comment

Scum

It could be said of all politicians, but Josh Marshall says it of one politician in particular:   John McCain has a big ego. And if there’s one thing John McCain prizes it’s the high regard many prestige Washington reporters … Continue reading

Posted in Attack Politics, Attacks on Obama, Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, Elitism, Exploiting Resentment, McCain, McCain and the Press, Nasty Politics, Obama, Obama as Messiah, Obama: Celebrity, Obama: Uppity, Presumptuous Obama, Race and Politics, The McCain Brand, The Power of Narrative | 1 Comment

The Ambiguous Right Stuff

The Right Stuff was that 1979 book by Tom Wolfe – the one about the test pilots flying the postwar experimental rocket-powered, high-speed aircraft out at Edwards, a few hours’ drive out in the desert from here. That would be … Continue reading

Posted in Foreign Policy, Iraq, McCain, McCain and the Press, McCain Traps Himself, McCain versus the Facts, McCain's Free Pass, Obama, Obama's Foreign Trip, The McCain Brand, The Right Stuff | Leave a comment

Self-Definition as Destiny

Sometimes you wonder how anyone made it through the late seventies in America, with all the pop-culture self-actualization crap in the air. Part of that was the late-disco multi-layered and massively overproduced sound of the group Earth, Wind & Fire … Continue reading

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