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John McCain camp slams New York Times coverage in call to talk about Obama and "Chicago machine"

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WASHINGTON--The McCain campaign conference call with campaign manager Rick Davis and senior strategist Steve Schmidt was organized to draw attention to the "Chicago Machine" spot launched Monday against Barack Obama. The McCain leadership team used the call to bash the New York Times coverage of their campaign.

The "Chicago Machine" ad will run the "depth and breadth" of battleground states and will be a "real buy," the McCain leadership team said. That "real buy" comment is a reference to this: sometimes campaigns produce videos and call them ads to get the attention of the press when the actual amount of time bought on television to show the ad (called the "buy") is tiny. In that case, the video is sort of like a press release. Political reporters who may ignore a press release--video or otherwise--will pay more attention to the contents and message if it is an ad.

Most of the more than dozen questions were about other matters--the economic rescue package a hot topic--but the second question was about a New York Times article in Monday's edition about how Davis was paid $30,000-a-month for five years to represent the Homeowners Alliance, established by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The meltdown of these mortgage companies helped trigger the U.S. financial crisis.


"We are first amendment absolutists on this campaign," Schmidt said. "Of course, it is constitutionally protected with regard to writing whatever they want to write. Let's be clear and be honest with each other. Whatever the New York Times once was, it is today not by any standard a journalistic organization.

"It is a pro-Obama advocacy organization that every day, attacks the McCain campaign, attacks Gov. Palin and excuses Sen. Obama. .....it is 150 percent in the tank" for Obama.

Davis said on the call he has severed all ties more than a year ago to the Homeowners Alliance--created to thwart Congressional attempts to add regulations to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He has also taken a leave of absence from his firm.

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Don't yell Mr Davis, Are you denying those charges or not? Just simple as that.

You are being attacked by the New York Times for your blatant hypocrisy and complete lies that started the moment John McCain fell in line with his crooked friends in the republican party. You don't get a free pass because you are a bunch of greedy blood suckers that are feeding off the American people and will continue to do so if you get within a 100 miles of Washington. You should all be deported and John McCain should be on the next space mission to Mars.

It's not the New York Times fault. The fundamentals of your campaign are strong. The problem is you are in a mental recession. You are a campaign of whiners.

The Bush-McCain-Republican way of economics DOES NOT WORK. It never did and never will. The markets have crashed and burned, the American people are now footing the bill yet again in the trillions of dollars for the same corporations and Republicans who own them that ruined us economically. When will Americans ever learn. OUR money is now paying THEIR debts, that same money will not go to schools, jobs, environment, Medicare, social security, you wait people, the worst is yet to come unless you elect people who know how to handle this, Obama knows, the Democrats know, just ask Bill Clinton, HE knew. We NEVER had problems like this when Clinton was our President, things were the COMPLETE opposite! Stop listening to idiots like McCain and Bush, they LIE LIE LIE, just look what they have done to our country! What more does anyone need to see? How many times do you need to be dropped on your head before you realize, hey that hurts!

Why don't McCain and his buddies tell the truth.
I will not vote for him, nor Ms Palin.
Do we need another 4 years of lies and deceit?
Try to bar - b - q Obama all ya want, he's my choice come 11/4 ...

The circus never seems to leave town. Ringmaster Rove is succeeded by Ringmaster Schmidt as the clowns of propaganda and pseudo anti-press ranting and raving try to put out a mock fire of their own making to save some trained mutt in a tutu. To Mr. Schmidt... a Bozo "honk! honk!"

Can't wait to see what components of the left wing media that's "in the tank" for Obama will cover the fact that the Chicago-Machine, The Democratic Party- threatened the Jewish Rally against Iran- that if they didn't "dis-invite Governor Sarah Palin- they would get the IRS to come in and revoke their tax exempt status.

Hillary Clinton, who is "a friend of Israel" -let partisan politics get in the way and refused to appear.

Can you imagine the media coverage that event would have gotten, and the impact it would have done for the good of the Isrealis and the Iran Nuclear Threat had these two women appeared?

But NO.

Now Achmedinijad knows he has a friend in Barack Obama.
And he is smiling, because the dwarf dictator got his way. Thanks to Barry and his henchmen.


God Bless America.
McCain-Palin 2008

OBAMA ISN'T PART OF THE DALEY MACHINE IF HE WOULD
HAVE BEEN HE WOULD HAVE DEFEATED BOBBY RUSH FOR
HIS CONGRESSIONAL SEAT!
MCCAIN AND ROVE ARE REALLY STUPID GUYS!
WHY DON'T YOU GUYS ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THIS MAN,
BARACK OBAMA IS AN INTELLIGENT, HARDWORKING FAMILY
MAN WHO ROLLS UP HIS SLEEVES AND OUTWORKS MOST
AMERICANS ESPECIALLY A GUY WITH A RICH WIFE!
GOD DON'T LIKE UGLY AND YOU GUYS ARE TOYING WITH
UGLY!
KARL ROVE, TUCKER BOUNDS ARE SLIME BALLS!

Gee why no whining about Fox News being biased?

Oh thats right, they are on your side!

Just looking at the two slimeballs that are running McLames campaign should be enough to make you vote for Obama.

The New York Times Needs to Display More Balance in It's Political Reporting!
http://www.floodthelines.com/newyorktimesbefair/

Political operatives' use of Karl Rove-ian Best Methods: Repeatedly and regularly point a finger of illegitimacy at any information outlet that might cause the targeted supporters to think too critically or too much.

In effect, the best thing that can happen for the supported candidate in an endeavor reliant on Karl Rove-ian techniques is that early in the process, based on party affiliation or non-issue based biases or preferences, each supporter strongly or weakly decides to vote for the target candidate and thereafter is never subjected to any new election information; 2nd preference - said supporter will automatically reject new election information critical of supported candidate based on a programmed perception that the source is illegitimate.

Of course, such “Best Methods” are dependent on what appears to be a Karl Rove-ian view that implicitly and emphatically asserts the general and natural gullibility or prejudice of the American electorate. In the words of Kurt Vonnegut, “And so it goes.”

Why was big boy Steve Schmidt angry at the Times? Because they ran a truth-based story the week before the debate, which revealed that Rick Davis, McCain Campaign Manager, took $2,000,000 in lobbying fees from Fannie & Freddie over 3 years, and in return he had to protect them from regulatory oversight. Why him? "Because of his closeness to McCain and because McCain was running for the presidency" Why? Because McCain was "the big deregulator" and enabler of the same Wall Street behaviors he now condemns - - and there, on page 16 of the NY Times, a pic picture of McCain schmoozing with the F&F lobbyists. In other words, McCain's campaign chief, and to a certain degree, MCCain, ENABLED FANNIE & FREDDIE'S FINANCIAL COLLAPSE.

And that's why Schmidt was piss angry. Because the credibility of McCain is "in the toilet" when the former executives of F&F actually come out to debunk McCain's attack ad about Obama, and reveal camp McCain's DEREGULATION RELATIONSHIP with the collapsed firms.

He's angry because NYTimes ran the story the week before the debate, when the truth won't make McCain look good. He wanted everyone to run McCain-Palin's carefully controlled copy points.

How do you handle a situation where you've been attacked - you attack back. Schmidt should be expelled from political campaigning, he has brought the tone down, down to an all time low in the history of American politics. But then look who he worked for? George W. Bush.

McCain-Palin - McBush - 4 years of the McSame

When all else fails, shoot the messenger. Clearly a nerve has been struck since The Schmidt doth protest too much. Bottom Line: The NYT is spot on.

Davis and McCain are two individuals who should not obtain the desires of their hearts! Both individuals have acted irresponsibly. Karl Rove has overwhelming influence within the McCain campaign. The participants in the McCain administration are the same individuals who are responsible for the economic demise the country is plunged in now!!! The constituents of the McCain campaign should READ the definition of elitism, thirteen cars and a Budwiser heiress? Will the true elitist please gain recognition!!!!!

hmmm...who would I fault. A repeatedly exposed, yet unrepentant liar, or The New York Times...tough choice...

Let's see...one crooked friend vs. SEVERAL crooked fiends , a racist spiritual director - Wright, a thieving real estate man - Rezko, a nepotist political godfather - Emil Jones, an anti-American homegrown hippie academic terrorist - Ayers...

The list goes on & on for Obama when it comes to lying, cheating and thieving associations

I'll take McCain & Palin ANYDAY over NObama!

The New York Times has become the official political propaganda machine of Obama. Why bother to read the most blatant display of bias reporting.
Shame to NY Times.

YOU ARE ON THE LOSING TEAM IF YOU ARE VOTING FOR
MCCAIN AND THE DEAF MUTE PALIN!
WE DON'T NEED DUMB AND DUMBER TO RUN THE COUNTRY!
OBAMA AND BIDEN A TEAM THAT SPEAKS UP FOR
ALL AMERICANS!
THE KEY WORD IS SPEAKS, WHEN IS PALIN GOING TO
SPEAK, WE KNOW SHE IS A PUPPET, BUT MY GOD IS
SHE EVER GOING TO SHOW ANY LEADERSHIP, OR IS SHE
A STAGE PROP FOR THE GOP AND KARL ROVE!

Hey Rev Flores,

Do you want to talk about guilt by association? John McCain was directly associated with the Keating Five banking scandal. In fact, if John was not involved, it would have been the Keating Four!

Sorry Democrats, the finger of responsibility points at people like Barney Frank and the Clinton administration long before Rick Davis got involved as a lobbyist. Yes, there is blame in the Republican camp but it was Republicans who tried to stop this, ie: John McCain blowing the whistle on Fanny and Freddie before Democrats voted him down.In my view, the liberal commentators on this site are nothing but haters who add no intelligent argument to the debate!

It's time to bring some decency to the White House. Obama/Biden 08!

If you vote for Obama, you vote for our ENEMY, all the enemies of the FREE world want and support Obama, CHECK IT OUT FOOLS!!!

Ask yourself why would our enemies want Obama, and why do they have an interest in our elections this time?

That alone is enough reason for any half witted fool to vote against Obama....

See who and where Obama launched his campaign with;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTy00vCy9d0

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