It's almost like I knew it was coming.... What's the problem with TV news that leads to so many softball interviews and an avoidance of even confronting obvious lies?
The problem is that news anchors almost never lay into anybody they expect to ever want back on the show.The next thing I know, Campbell Brown has the fortitude to try to prove me wrong. 1 But, alas....
This afternoon, anchorman Wolf Blitzer announced on air that McCain's planned interview with Larry King tonight had been canceled by the campaign. Blitzer said McCain aides complained that Brown had gone "over the line" in her grilling of Bounds.You know, eight years ago the name "McCain" was anything but synonymous with "chickensh...", well, you get the idea. There he is, trying to punish CNN for doing its job, because they refused to blandly accept the prevarication and evasions of his spokesman. Also, as mild as a Larry King interview can be, we can assume that McCain feared being asked the same question that left Tucker Bounds apoplectic.
McCain campaign spokeswoman Maria Comella later explained the cancellation with this sharply worded statement:
"After a relentless refusal by certain on-air reporters to come to terms with John McCain’s selection of Alaska’s sitting governor as our party’s nominee for vice president, we decided John McCain’s time would be better served elsewhere."
1. During her interview of McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds, he purported about Palin, "She's been the commander of the National Guard, of the Alaska National Guard that's been deployed overseas, that's foreign policy experience".
Campbell Brown asked, "Can you just tell me one decision that she made as commander in chief of the National Guard. Just one".
The problem wasn't the question - it was that Tucker Bounds was caught lying about Palin's experience and hadn't anticipated being called out, and Brown didn't back down when he accused her of "belittling" Palin's record by even asking the question.