When the NY Times published a Barack Obama op-ed on Iraq the McCain campaign asked for equal time. But after submitting his copy, the candidate became peeved when the editors asked him to revise it and add more substance. He refused and figured he’d get some good mileage out of it with his conservative base: “Conservative Shut Out of Liberal Media Elite Club Again.”
Then the Times attacked McCain’s low-blow campaign ad likening Obama to Hollywood party girls like Paris Hilton. This was too much for ragin’ John, whose campaign aide excoriated the paper with this rhetorical non sequitur:
“If the shareholders of The New York Times ever wonder why the paper’s ad revenue is plummeting and its share price tanking, they need look no further than the hysterical reaction of the paper’s editors to any slight, real or imagined, against their preferred candidate,” said McCain campaign spokesman Michael Goldfarb.
There’s little danger of anyone in the McCain campaign ever paying much attention to petty things like logic or coherence in their statements. In his eagerness to slam the paper he feasts on the Times’ financial troubles and presumes that their origin lies in its supposed favoritism toward Barack Obama. Would that the American newspaper slump was so simple. Then all newspapers would have to do was become conservative bastions (they’re not, are they?) and return, presto change-o, to financial health.
Since virtually every newspaper in America faces the same woes as the Times, I’m assuming that McCain’s home state paper, the Arizona Republic, must be hurting as well. Does that mean that the Republic has been shilling for Barack too?
In a few months time, I’m hoping that McCain’s fundraising revenue will be ‘plummeting’ and his campaign’s ‘share price tanking.’ Then I’m gonna ask John whether perhaps it’s because American ‘shareholders,’ that would be us citizens, aren’t taking too kindly to his hysterical attacks on Obama.