The Obama people must feel that he didn't do quite as well as they might have wanted to in that context, because that -- what they're putting out privately is that McCain may not have been in the cone of silence and may have had some ability to overhear what the questions were to Obama.And, on "Meet the Press," Andrea Mitchell feels obligated to inject this cheap and unsubstantiated partisan smear into the media mainstream. In-freaking-credible.
UPDATE: D.S. Hube at Newsbusters:
Andrea Mitchell barely hestitated to toss that out there, with guest host David Gregory merely offering a rather semi-innocuous "Right" in response.Look, I am not one of those who believes that every story about politics has to be perfectly "balanced," but when you have a campaign accusing its opposition of cheating, this is something that requires (a) supporting evidence, and (b) an opportunity for the opponent to address the accusation. You can't just run out there in front of the camera and repeat slander to a national TV audience of 4 million viewers.
UPDATE II: You've really got to read the whole transcript of the panel segment of this show to get the one-sided tone of the discussion with David Gregory, Andrea Mitchell, and Chuck Todd. They show this McCain ad, which first aired in March:
Then, after some discussion of the Clinton campaign's strategy with Josh Green, it comes back to Mitchell, who says:
I think that the McCain people, if they backed off on that commercial a bit, they'll either reinforce it later on or have the 527s do it for them. But you're going to keep hearing that theme. They think it's worked for them.Oh, for crying out loud -- where are these 527s that the McCain campaign supposedly controls, Andrea Mitchell? What the hell kind of reporter throws out something completely unsubstantiated like that on national TV?
UPDATE III: This just in -- Republican sources are now saying that they believe NBC's Andrea Mitchell is actually 1970s punk-rock legend Iggy Pop. Officials at NBC News have not denied this, and thus there is mounting suspicion that the former frontman for the Stooges is now masquerading in drag as the anchorette of a little-watched MSNBC program. UPDATE IV: Rick Warren denies the accusation that McCain cheated. He does not, however, deny that Iggy is appearing in drag on MSNBC. Mounting suspicion, I tell you . . . UPDATE V: Insty is a punk rocker. Gabba gabba hey. Carbona not glue. And still no denial from NBC or Iggy Pop.