Roger L. Simon

McCain Dares to Criticize the Media - Who is Really at Fault?

In the midst of a speech outlining his first term, McCain briefly took on the media:

While calling for Congress to drop mindless partisanship, McCain also chided the media – with whom he has enjoyed a generally positive relationship – for fueling contention with its campaign coverage.

“Campaigns and the media collaborated as architects of the modern presidential campaign, and we deserve equal blame for the regret we feel from time to time over its less-than-inspirational features,” he said.

Of course.

But who is to blame in this? Is it the obvious partisans-veering-toward-cheerleaders like Sean Hannity and Chris Matthews? Only the brain dead wouldn’t see what they are up to. No, the danger to our system comes from the media of illusory fairness like The New York Times, those who hide their extreme partisanship under a veneer of “journalistic professionalism,” whatever that may mean. If partisanship were upfront and stated, it wouldn’t be such a problem.