What goes around comes around. Rick Davis, Sen. McCain’s campaign manager, was irate when Andrea Mitchell on Meet the Press mentioned that the senator had not been in the “cone of silence” before his interview with Pastor Rick Warren. He asked for a meeting with NBC’s president and in a letter said the “network is abandoning nonpartisan coverage of the presidential race.” (For the record, McCain was in his motorcade on the way to the interview and not in the agreed upon soundproof room).
I can imagine how Rick Davis feels. The previous week, I watched Jerome Corsi on Fox News, and not one of his anti-Obama views was challenged by Sean Hannity. The Obama campaign needed to publish a 41-page rebuttal, “Unfit for Publication,” correcting many of Mr. Corsi’s “facts” (smears).
We can thank Mr. Corsi for a new term—swift boating—from a book he wrote sliming Sen. John Kerry’s military serivice. He is notorious for mixing facts with fiction and often uses himself as a reference in his footnotes. It should be noted that his book, Obama Nation, and another anti-Obama book, The Case Against Barack Obama by David Feddoso, made The New York Times Best Seller List because the books were bought in bulk by conservative organizations. That is why there is a symbol of a dart by the book entries; it indicates books were not driven by individual buyers.
I too would like some nonpartisan coverage. Will Rick Davis write a letter to Roger Ailes, president of Fox News? I am not going to hold my breath.
— Linda Pannullo