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Steve Schmidt Rips The Grey Lady

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Steve Schmidt, chief McCain strategist denounced the New York Times as a ‘pro-Obama advocacy organization’. Ever since the announcement of John McCain‘s VP, Sarah Palin, the strategy from the McCain camp has been simple: shoot the messenger.

E&P writes:

It all began with a New York Times article today — not on the front page — that tied Rick Davis, John McCain’s campaign manager to receiving nearly $2 million in payments in the past five years to run a firm defending Fannie May and Freddie Mac and others. It sparked a remarkable conference call with reporters in which Steve Schmidt, chief McCain strategist, hit back at the Times, charging that it is no longer even a journalistic operation but a propaganda organ for Barack Obama.

Jay Rosen has a question in ‘Letters Sent to Romenesko‘:

Subject — attacks on the New York Times. I’m sure there’s a simple answer to this, and it’s just eluding me: If the McCain campaign says, on the record and before the national press, that the New York Times is not a legitimate news organization, or a journalistic enterprise at all, but a political action committee working for Obama (and that is what Steve Schmidt said to reporters; listen to it…) then why does the Times have to treat the McCain crew as a “normal” campaign organization, rather than a bunch of rogue operators willing to say absolutely anything to gain power and lie to the nation once in office? I mean, really. How far can you stretch, “they’re just blaming the messenger, a common tactic when frustrated…?” Does that kind of placid response cover all cases? At what point does an extreme attempt to de-legitimate the press actually de-legitimate the candidate as an extremist in the eyes of the press? Does anyone know? And if no one knows, how can the press even cover the McCain campaign? I know there’s a good, sound, at-the-ready answer to these questions; I just can’t think of what it is. So Romenesko readers, help me out! If the McCain campaign says the Times is not a legitimate news source why does the Times have to treat McCain as a legitimate candidate?

Well Jay, it’s kind of like calling a girl a slut in order to get her to sleep with you. If she does – you were right. If she doesn’t – you’re a douche.

We hope the NYT doesn’t. Then we all know what that makes Schmidt.

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Wherein Gawker Hijacks the Election

gawpalpic.pngWe love the idea of Gawker becoming a player in this election SO much — because seriously, how else could it get any crazier? (No really, how else?) — that we wanted to update you. Apparently, Rick Davis has confirmed that the Palin emails Gawker got their hands on are legitimate:

ARLINGTON, VA — Today, McCain-Palin 2008 Campaign Manager Rick Davis issued the following statement concerning reports about Governor Palin’s email and an invasion of privacy:
“This is a shocking invasion of the Governor’s privacy and a violation of law. The matter has been turned over to the appropriate authorities and we hope that anyone in possession of these emails will destroy them. We will have no further comment.”

This makes us think it’s probably a good time for McCain to figure out the Google, but maybe avoid email. Also, we couldn’t help but notice that over at Gawker the Palin email post has thus far received approximately 160,000 hits, meaning, if the Gawker pay scale of $5/1000 hits is correct, Pareene has pocketed $800 and counting on this post alone. Who says there’s no money in this blogging thing?