Press to McCain: “Don’t Cross Us… or Our Messiah”
With suspect editing of the VP candidate’s recent interview and dueling front page hit pieces against her, yesterday, Boston Phoenix blogger Adam Reilly would say that “by declaring war on the media, McCain has given them license to cover his candidacy the way they should have from the beginning.” The move “could actually be a corrective to the fawning press treatment the allegedly liberal media has for years lavished on McCain.”
Now that the Democratic and Republican pep rallies are over, the candidates desperately need the press’s assistance to get their message out. But now that McCain has given the press the finger, most members of the media will be a lot less inclined to do anything that aids his campaign.
Some of them may actually respond by leveling direct, aggressive challenges at the McCain-Palin ticket.
So much for the pretense of news being an uninvested, objective medium! (It’s just Obama’s turn to for lavishment, I suppose.)
Rather than an objective analysis, however, Reilly’s piece reads as a balm for a newly insecure mainstream media. Never fear that our candidate doesn’t have the lead one would expect based on our candidacy, the subtext goes, the other guy has finally given us reason to take off the gloves.
That’s not unexpected. What’s surprising is how very Old Media the column sounds. As far as I can tell, it’s now an open question as to whether candidates “desperately need” the establishment media to communicate with voters. Those massively successful “The One” ads grew their buzz on the Internet, which is a force that The Press can no longer ignore, and which by its very openness exposes egomaniacal twists of the truth — whether out of liberalism or revenge — as politicking masked as journalism.