Newspaper logo  
 
 
Local Gov’t Stories, Events

04.30 Freddie Gray's housing complex still plagued by poor conditions and abuse

Ref. : Civic Events

Ref. : Arts & Education Events

Ref. : Public Service Notices

Travel
Books, Films, Arts & Education
Letters

Ref. : Letters to the editor

Health Care & Environment

04.30 Surprise, the pundits were wrong: poll shows huge support for Leap Manifesto

04.30 Daytime cooking ban in India as heatwave claims 300 lives

04.30 Obama administration warns of ‘climate refugees’ due to rapid Arctic warming

04.29 Greens are often critical of the status quo. No wonder the police monitor us

04.29 Rowan Williams calls on Cambridge University to divest from fossil fuels

04.29 It's time to end juvenile solitary confinement, once and for all

04.29 Obama administration urges states to curb use of solitary confinement

04.28 Small levels of air pollution may lead to premature birth

04.28 Commission fails to regulate new GMOs after intense US lobbying

04.28 British windfarms prove a boom for Danish firm

04.28 China's anti-pollution tech is booming, but it can't make dirty air go away

04.28 Workers face 'epidemic of heat-related injuries' due to climate change

04.28 Emma Thompson films Great British Bake Off spoof to protest fracking

News Media Matters

04.28 Op-Ed: The battle for truth over Saudi Arabia's ties to 9/11

Daily: FAIR Blog
The Daily Howler

US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'

05.01 'Mad as hell' middle class independents shape presidential race on their terms

05.01 Clintonism screwed the Democrats: How Bill, Hillary and the Democratic Leadership Council gutted progressivism

05.01 'You're a sinner': how a Mormon university shames rape victims

04.30 Story of cities #29: Los Angeles and the 'great American streetcar scandal'

04.30 Donald Trump forced from his motorcade amid chaotic protests at California convention

04.29 Big Money in Politics Doesn’t Just Drive Inequality. It Drives War.

04.29 Bernie Sanders, Shifting Tone, Takes On Democratic Party [arrow hits target]

04.29 Ted Cruz is 'Lucifer in the flesh', says former speaker John Boehner

04.27 Want to change 'politics as usual'? Make a viable multi-party system

04.27 Trump attacks Clinton as victories set stage for brutal election [detailed results]

Justice Matters

04.30 Louisiana prisoner freed after 41 years of controversial sentence

High Crimes?

04.30 How the car industry trumped banking for sociopathic corporate behaviour

04.29 Madness

Economics, Crony Capitalism

05.01 Buffett Says Derivatives ‘Time Bomb’ May Elude Auditors' Reviews

04.29 Trump, Cruz aides advised Guatemalan candidate vowing televised executions

04.29 Obama: Republican candidates' economic policies are pure 'fantasy'

04.29 Sluggish US growth forms part of a worrying global trend

04.28 Former Tax Lobbyists Are Writing the Rules on Tax Dodging

International

05.01 How Hyperconnected Cities Are Taking Over the World

05.01 Japan's Growing Poverty Defies Glib Explanations

05.01 Dozens of Syrians forced into sexual slavery in derelict Lebanese house

05.01 'Anyone could become a target’: wave of Islamist killings hits Bangladesh

05.01 Humanoid diving robot hunts for sunken treasure in French shipwreck

05.01 Baghdad state of emergency declared after protesters storm parliament

05.01 ‘We’ve had massacres all week’: Aleppo on fire again as Assad consigns ceasefire to history

04.30 President Trump fills world leaders with fear: 'It's gone from funny to really scary'

04.30 End of the car age: how cities are outgrowing the automobile

04.30 'You are left with no choice but to leave' – your stories of long-term gentrification

04.30 Los Angeles to get on-demand 'driverless buses'

04.30 Netherlands to hand out iodine pills in case of nuclear accident

04.30 China refuses US carrier permission for port call in Hong Kong harbour

We are a non-profit Internet-only newspaper publication founded in 1973. Your donation is essential to our survival.

You can also mail a check to:
Baltimore News Network, Inc.
P.O. Box 42581
Baltimore, MD 21284-2581
Google
This site Web
  McCain's 'Cone of Silence' Caper
Newspaper logo

FAVORITISM & MISLEADING THE PUBLIC:

McCain's 'Cone of Silence' Caper

by Robert Parry

August 18, 2008—Millions of Americans who watched Barack Obama and then John McCain respond to nearly identical questions from evangelical minister Rick Warren were surely impressed by McCain’s quick and sharp answers. Supposedly he had been in a “cone of silence” while Obama was getting grilled during the preceding hour.

However, as it turned out, TV viewers and other Americans were misled. McCain had not been in any “cone of silence” shielding him from hearing Warren’s questions and Obama’s answers.

On Saturday night as Obama was on stage, McCain was in his motorcade on the way to the church and thus would have had access through his staff to the questions and how Obama had answered them.

When McCain came on the set, he played along with the fiction about being in a “cone of silence,” joking that “I was trying to hear through the wall.”

McCain then proceeded to knock the questions out of the proverbial park, impressing not only the audience at Rev. Warren’s Saddleback Church in California, but the political pundits who spent the next two days praising McCain’s performance and judging him the clear winner over Obama.

For instance, New York Times columnist William Kristol declared that it was “McCain’s night” and marveled at how “McCain, who went second, was crisp by contrast [to Obama] and his anecdotes colorful.”

Kristol also mocked grousing from Obama’s aides that McCain may have had access to the questions beforehand. “There’s no evidence that McCain had any such advantage,” Kristol wrote in his Monday column.

However, in the same newspaper, New York Times reporters discovered that the assertion by Warren that McCain had been in some “cone of silence” wasn’t true.

“Members of the McCain campaign staff, who flew here Sunday from California, said Mr. McCain was in his motorcade on the way to the church as Mr. Obama was being interviewed,” wrote reporter Katharine Q. Seeyle.

Still, McCain’s staff bristled at suggestions that McCain listened to the broadcast while en route to the church.

“The insinuation from the Obama campaign that John McCain, a former prisoner of war, cheated is outrageous,” said McCain spokeswoman Nicolle Wallace. [NYT, Aug. 18, 2008]

What McCain’s Vietnam War-era POW status had to do with this wasn’t clear. But it was clear that Warren’s assurance that “we have safely placed Senator McCain in a cone of silence” wasn’t true, nor was McCain’s light-hearted remark about trying to hear through the wall.

If McCain did get pre-briefed on what questions to expect, it would be reminiscent of the presidential debate in 1980 when someone from Ronald Reagan’s campaign stole President Jimmy Carter’s debate briefing book and allegedly used it to coach Reagan’s responses.


Robert ParryRobert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. His latest book, Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush, was written with two of his sons, Sam and Nat, and can be ordered at neckdeepbook.com. His two previous books, Secrecy & Privilege: The Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq and Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & 'Project Truth' are also available there. Or go to Amazon.com.

This article is republished in the Baltimore Chronicle with permission of the author.



Copyright © 2008 The Baltimore News Network. All rights reserved.

Republication or redistribution of Baltimore Chronicle content is expressly prohibited without their prior written consent.

Baltimore News Network, Inc., sponsor of this web site, is a nonprofit organization and does not make political endorsements. The opinions expressed in stories posted on this web site are the authors' own.

This story was published on August 19, 2008.

 


Public Service Ads: