Also in this playlist...
This transcript is automatically generated
-- story that the rest of the mainstream media would perhaps not want to talk about conservatives.
And the McCain campaign are furious about what they perceive as they love fest between the -- -- Barack Obama.
First it was the network news anchors traveling overseas with Senator Obama that it was the New York Times refusing to running McCain op Ed about Iraq and now from the Manchester union leader comes a report that when McCain arrived in New Hampshire yesterday only one reporter.
Was on the ground to meet the campaign plane compare that.
-- -- nonstop coverage of Obama's overseas war illustrate this point the McCain campaign released the following web video earlier today.
Even love -- would Barack Obama.
Is all consuming they're feeling most people Yemeni air Brian -- street might make this program might land -- That's a long.
Obama Barack Obama though he's going to be very very enthusiastically received in your they don't go away -- mean it's just like The Rolling Stones tour.
I -- Frankie valley joining us tonight to people who are very familiar with presidential campaigns former bush advisor Mary Matalin.
And former Clinton communications director and Fox News contributor Howard Wolfson.
Marriott just the fact there's more excitement around the Obama campaign -- there is around the McCain campaign essar now.
Oh Allen good chance too good to be tuned very nice voice you now.
It is band like this it's actually they're becoming a period of themselves and I have to say at all Howard got to the primaries and he stayed disciplined and -- -- -- stage I'm mash it died in the the last time I saw them as bad as they lure of free previous to how they work.
And Obama in the primaries was ironically they did the same thing against Poppy Bush George Herbert Walker Bush in favor of -- Clinton.
In 1992 -- when they fall they fall hard -- You know it seems to be Howard they want to blame the media.
Blame the messenger.
Because if McCain doesn't have a message I mean that's the you know as I was up and the New York Times was simply a bashing of Obama he wasn't willing to work for them to revise it Bill Clinton had seven.
Pieces rejected even as president by the New York -- so in other they're crying foul and yet the same rules apply to both candidates.
Well a couple of points one it's so ironic for the McCain.
Campaign to be complaining about this given the fact that.
I think John McCain prior to Barack Obama got more positive press than anybody in the history of American politics mean.
Here's a guy who called the press -- his base.
So John McCain is very well familiar with positive press coverage just a problem now is he's not getting as much of it because as you say he's not running a great campaign.
Second point Mary points out.
That in 1992 the press corps was perceived to be favorable to Bill Clinton.
How the bush campaign -- remember had a bumper stickers saying annoy the media vote for bush.
That didn't work out very well people aren't gonna vote on those issues it's didn't work out well -- 92.
And it's not gonna work out well in 2008.
I think Barack Obama does get good press but that's not going to be the reason why he's the next president no reason why he's the next president a lot bigger than that.
And very different McCain's running -- good campaign.
This is not 1992.
And I'm I'm not suggesting that -- -- the media was.
What McCain should be doing on his strategy like that with how well -- because this is what -- -- -- his primary when Senator Clinton did raise the Specter of the uneven coverage the hideously uneven coverage than the press took a step back it's in the interest of the public that did not just the fawning press and it covers up what Obama's really -- I never says anything nobody says nothing beautifully.
It's the quantity as well -- -- just reported he's gotten a third more more than a third.
More coverage than McCain so it's drowning out McCain's message the public's not gonna have.
And any opportunity to make the -- which is what the general election is about since quantity and its quality its home.
That's not would not just a New York Times should she could use -- the -- is -- is to be serving the public they're not doing it in this.
Thanks -- I'd argue that that in 2000 they will look back is the year that journalism.
Officially dies in America and that's why I'm surprising your your comments Howard.
You were complaining.
Bill is complaining Hillary was complaining.
About the fawning coverage he unfair coverage that Brock and -- -- -- an international on excuse me.
I sent a lot good it did us the bottom line is -- that elections are about who wins and who lose in Atlanta and all that's not the issue we're talking about and I understand that but the question is.
Is that if if -- it's the three major networks in this country -- gonna send their three rock star anchors.
To go cover Barack Obama isn't it fair that they send them when John McCain goes there -- the New York Times is -- publish an op -- by Barack Obama -- -- publish.
John McCain's rebuttal a week later and not reject it.
The New York Times rejected Hillary Clinton's op -- during not the same circumstance.
He didn't you know that John McCain has a lot of ways to get his message out the fact is he's not running a good campaign.
I'm not gonna sit here and argue -- Barack Obama doesn't get my -- -- -- Howard get good I want you to answer this question there's a -- is it fair the coverage you complained.
When you were running Hillary's campaign is this fair with the media is doing.
I don't think that the media coverage has been equitable during this process but that's not John McCain's biggest problem.
John McCain's biggest problem is that he's on the wrong side of nearly every issue that Americans care about and Barack Obama is simply running a better campaign -- John McCain.
Olson has been taking along to switch Howard I can see right and -- went sub -- pumpkins can be an okay pop pop -- met Mary this is a -- think this is basic fundamental fairness to me.
You know if if the three major networks that they're gonna send Katie Couric and Charles Gibson Brian Williams.
They -- -- senate when John McCain goes and and that to me is as much evidence is as we need.
About unfair coverage and that doesn't pull -- the American people -- almost seems like -- campaign contribution.
Is that a fair characterization.
That is more than fair and it's not then just isolate the New York Times this is not just about the liberal op Ed page the New York Times has put on its front page.
I'm more numerous occasions.
It's completely baseless point -- substance free anti McCain stories when you're when you didn't think -- -- paper around.
All that's fit to print or whatever -- silly slogan only -- a negative.
All the news that's fit to print all your reporting is negative news in -- making it up about a campaign.
There's something wrong with that people -- and that's why the mainstream media particularly that that kind of mainstream -- is held in such low regard.
This is a very important election it is.
And it does not serve the public for that information that provides voters an application make good choices and make -- -- and they only have one.
Part of the puzzle -- Totally in the tank for Barack Obama however wolf solidly Hewitt continue your complaint and it's only when they -- favorable coverage again I don't know I know are upset.
There is no question that Barack Obama gets it.
Good media coverage my advice to my friends in the McCain -- -- is get over it is not gonna help you to complain why don't you get over when you're running Hillary's campaign.
You know what it didn't help us through it did indeed the fact is when Hillary started to do well she started to do well based on the issues based on the substance -- in the car we're running a better candidate -- giant -- -- did.
Filter by section