PavCo Multimedia Synergistics Weblog

August 19, 2008

McCain’s “Cone of Silence” — Can You Hear Me Now?

Filed under: Entertainment — CPav @ 7:33 am

John McCain and Barack Obama made a pseudo-joint appearance on Saturday night, and Rev. Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church. The two men were interviewed separately by Warren, sharing the stage only for a moment as Obama left the stage and McCain came on. To insure fairness, McCain was supposed to be isolated on-site, so that he didn’t have access to the questions prior to hearing them. In fact, Warren assured the audience that this was the case, and when he came out, McCain joked about it.

Only problem was, he wasn’t in the “cone of silence”, at least for part of Obama’s questioning. And his campaign, when asked, was very careful to say that McCain had “heard” none of the questions. They said nothing about the possibility of aides receiving the questions via Blackberry (or some other method) and briefing him on it.

A small matter? To be sure. But it goes to the honesty of the candidate, and his honoring his agreements. And it potentially goes a long way toward explaining how McCain was, by many reports, ultra-prepared and precisely on-message in his answers.

A large part of my problem with the story is not that it happened, but with the McCain camp’s response to it. When NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reported the story, the McCain campaign complained to NBC that they felt the NBC news division was biased against them. That’s right, they were exhibiting bias by reporting the facts of a story. And, when asked about McCain’s isolation, one of his spokeswomen answered “The insinuation from the Obama campaing that John McCain, a former prisoner of war, cheated is outrageous.”

What does McCain having been a prisoner of war have to do with anything here? And the insinuation that a former prisoner of war would never cheat is in and of itself outrageous. Just ask his first wife.

Full story here at the NY Times: Despite Assurances, McCain Wasn’t in a ‘Cone of Silence’

The 300 Project: 7/124


1 Comment »

  1. “Just ask his first wife.” Ouch.

    Comment by Michael — August 19, 2008 @ 2:47 pm | Reply

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at

%d bloggers like this: