We don’t recall ever seeing a party candidate incite violence against the media and the other candidates. That must be the change John McCain is talking about.
Worse, Sarah Palin‘s routine attacks on the media have begun to spill into ugliness. In Clearwater, arriving reporters were greeted with shouts and taunts by the crowd of about 3,000. Palin then went on to blame Katie Couric’s questions for her “less-than-successful interview with kinda mainstream media.” At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, “Sit down, boy.”
If I were an editor or producer covering this election, I’d pull my people from McCain and Palin events. There is no reason to serve as props in an event staged to declare journalists enemies of the people. If McCain and Palin want to avoid the “filter” of the mainstream media, let them do it. They can run their campaign without coverage.