Here's the thing: a lot of the media is not intentionally out to get McCain. They are just damned lazy and their sympathies lie with Obama. So when they get stuff from the Obama campaign, they don't question it and they report it. That's why the credible ones have had so many back peddles. And yet, they don't learn their lesson.
Here is the latest:
Bill Burton sent this email out to reporters:
"Congressman Blunt just confirmed what's been clear since John McCain rode into Washington at the eleventh hour – Senator McCain's political theatrics succeeded only in stopping a bipartisan deal. During the most serious economic crisis of our time, we don't need erratic posturing, we need steady leadership to protect American taxpayers and put our economy back on track," said Obama-Biden spokesman Bill Burton.
Now here is how he quoted Roy Blunt (complete with a YouTube clip of Blunt saying this for video proof):
REP. ROY BLUNT: Clearly, yesterday, his position on that discussion yesterday was one that stopped a deal from finalizing.
So the reporters had a comment from the Obama campaign plus video. They could call the McCain camp, demand to know a response, and probably not get something definite because, after all, the reporters can say they themselves saw Blunt say it and the McCain campaign, not in constant contact with Roy Blunt, will have to get back to them. The reporters will go on and run the story.
The trouble, though, is that Bill Burton is a damnable liar totally distorting Roy Blunt. How do I know? Well here is the whole sound bite:
REP. ROY BLUNT: I do think that John McCain was very helpful in what he did. I saw him this morning, we've been talking with his staff. Clearly, yesterday, his position on that discussion yesterday was one that stopped a deal from finalizing that no House Republican, in my view, would have been for, which means it wouldn't have probably passed the House. Now, Democrats are in the majority. They can pass anything they want to without a singe Republican vote, but they don't seem to be willing to do that. I'm pleased we can have negotiations now that get us back towards things that we think can protect the taxpayers better, create more options, and frankly be better understood in the country than the plan—the path we were on a couple of days ago.
Burton's context and selective quote totally, totally distort what Roy Blunt was saying.
By the way, I find it interesting that Bill Burton's emails come from www.ideasthatwin.net instead of Barack Obama's regular domain. I wonder why that is.