McCAIN ATE TACO BELL AND YOU DIDN'T SEND BRIAN WILLIAMS TO COVER THAT, DID YA, YA DAMN LIBERALS!
Salon's Alex Koppelman tells us that Brent Bozell of the Media Research Council thinks the press is being unfair to John McCain:
...a release from the MRC ... complained, "Arizona Senator John McCain has made three trips overseas since March. No anchor has travelled with him on any of them and they provided little if any coverage of any of them."
Yeah, one of those trips was the Iraq trip, but as for the others, well, it depends on what the definition of "overseas" is:
...one of the three trips McCain made was to Canada. Another was to Colombia.
Hey, Brent: What sea did McCain have to go over to get to Canada?
And while right-wing kvetchers and the McCain campaign are grumbling about the star reporters who'll be covering Obama's trip, it turns out that, according to Newsweek's Holly Bailey, McCain's failure to get the same kind of coverage for his Iraq trip in March is his own campaign's damn fault:
... the McCain campaign chose not to take reporters along for the ride, forcing media outlets who wanted to cover the newly elected GOP nominee to travel on their own without any guarantee of getting anywhere near the senator. The small group of scribes who made the trek (Newsweek chose not to) faced a logistical nightmare, from arranging last-minute foreign visas to struggling to keep up with McCain as they flew commercially from stop to stop. (McCain traveled by a military aircraft.) In contrast, the Obama campaign is inviting reporters on its tour, handling all the logistics--including transportation--for what will certainly be a much larger press corps than usual....
So stop whining.
Oh, and to Tad Devine: Gee, thanks a lot. From Jake Tapper at ABC:
...In order to win the White House, [Obama] must not only seem diplomatic, but also presidential.
"On a trip like this, on a stage like this, there is no room for error, no margin of error. So every bit of this trip needs to be choreographed. He needs to make sure every word is right, every setting is proper, and that he makes absolutely no mistakes," Tad Devine, a Democratic analyst, told ABC News....
Yup, we all know that if you're a presidential candidate and you make a mistake on an overseas trip, that's the end of your campaign ... right?