Ripping Media on One Hand, Mac Says It's 'Fun to Watch'

Even as campaign blasts press fawning over Obama, candidate demurs with Couric
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2008 2:34 PM CDT

Yesterday, as his campaign released an ad mocking the press corps’ affection for Barack Obama—and handed out press credentials rubbing it in—John McCain said the opposite to CBS’ Katie Couric. Mac “doesn’t think” the media has been unfair: “I'm certainly not complaining. And, in fact, I think it’s fun to watch." Observes Rachel Weiner on the Huffington Post, “so much for message discipline.”

As to those press credentials, which Marc Ambinder photographs for posterity for the Atlantic, they deem McCain’s media coterie the “JV Squad … Left Behind To Report In America.” And they get in a Dem-as-European dig on the reverse, translating the text into French—and depicting a beret-, mustache- and kerchief-wearing Gaul pouring a glass of wine. (Read more John McCain stories.)

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