Maybe there are limits on how far a candidate can go in attacking the opponent. MCCain has been having it both ways by issuing scandalously inaccurate ads from his “Straight Talk Express.” The media, particularly CNN, seemed to delight in picking up the distortions and playing them over and over, giving them day-long free play on the t.v.
According to the New York Times McCain is suffering some blowback for this brand of sleaziness. Conscienceless distortions and lies ought to be a primary subject in public discourse and maybe it has gotten bad enough that a strongly disinclined media will start taking its role seriously.
What is McCain threatening the media with that he has gotten away with this for so long? While the media twidles their thumbs even Carl Rove thinks bounds have been exceeded. McCain has long been a media favorite but is he so favored that the media are willing to abdicate their role in society? There should be a price to pay for lying to gain office.