We’ve known for a while that so many political reporters fawn over John McCain that the media is often considered “McCain’s base,” but Dana Milbank’s latest piece suggests news outlets are anxious to solidify the relationship.
Appearing before the nation’s newspaper editors yesterday, AP chairman Dean Singleton pressed Barack Obama on whether he would send more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, where “Obama bin Laden is still at large.” McCain’s treatment was slightly different.
McCain’s moderators, the AP’s Ron Fournier and Liz Sidoti, greeted McCain with a box of Dunkin’ Donuts. “We spend quite a bit of time with you on the back of the Straight Talk Express asking you questions, and what we’ve decided to do today was invite everyone else along on the ride,” Sidoti explained. “We even brought you your favorite treat.”
McCain opened the offering. “Oh, yes, with sprinkles!” he said.
Sidoti passed him a cup. “A little coffee with a little cream and a little sugar,” she said.
This is neither a joke nor an exaggeration. ThinkProgress even has a video.
So, in March, McCain gives political reporters free barbecue, and in April, the nation’s leading newspaper editors give McCain free doughnuts (with sprinkles!) and coffee.
There’s something about this that undermines the notion of objective and detached journalism.