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May 22, 2008
By: Kevin Drum

FRIDAY NEWS DUMP....John McCain will be releasing his medical records tomorrow to "a tightly controlled group of reporters on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend." Because, you know, he has nothing to hide. Michael Scherer of Time magazine, which is not part of the tightly controlled group, is not amused.

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But no psychiatric records. Especially given its prevalence among Iraq vets, could Schmuck Talk Express™ have been diagnosed with PTSD if that had been in the DSM in 1973?

That thought should put every veterans' vote he has for the rest of the year in the spotlight.

Posted by: SocraticGadfly on May 22, 2008 at 2:48 PM | PERMALINK

I hate that wording-- "tightly controlled group of reporters"-- Those words should never appear together in a news article unless they're used to describe some corporate business interest or dictator or secret police controlling the press.

As for the news-- hopefully there will be something in there, and this will not turn out to be the one anti-climactic instance of a Friday afternoon press-unveiling. There has been a lot of oddly liberal stuff in the press recently, as if they are trying to pull a veil over themselves and look like the old myth of a liberal media when everyone starts paying attention to the news in the months prior to the November elections-- for example, Katie Couric I think spouting a bunch of stuff about how everyone is rooting for Ted Kennedy and that all our hopes and prayers are with him (last I checked, Ted Kennedy was a somewhat controversial figure, and anyway-- when was the last time some big news magazine show extended well-wished to a famous American politician during a time of personal crisis??? Seems totally odd to me). Then there were all the Republican rank-breaking votes in the Senate for the new G.I. bill, and the newly released conservative Family Agenda which includes economic aid to the not-well-off, instead of just attempts to ban gay marriage, make abortion difficult, or keep sexually-flowering teenagers (people who most need to be informed about sex) in the dark about sex.

Make no mistakes, folks, the conservatives are giving themselves plenty of camouflage to point to in these campaings before the November elections, and our mainstream media is going to be carefully tidied up to no longer look fascist once a lot of Americans and foreigners start paying attention to it prior to the elections.

Posted by: Swan on May 22, 2008 at 3:03 PM | PERMALINK

Judging by what McCain said today, I'd say he's off his meds.
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Posted by: Grand Moff Texan on May 22, 2008 at 3:04 PM | PERMALINK

I wrote:

As for the news-- hopefully there will be something in there, and this will not turn out to be the one anti-climactic instance of a Friday afternoon press-unveiling.

So the point was, if I wasn't clear enough, hopefully it won't turn out that McCain's record is pretty clean, leading to a bunch of liberals who have caught onto how the press plays games suddenly doubting themselves, and thinking, "Gee, I guess all those other instances of bad news released on a Friday were just an amazing string of coincidences" (you don't help anyone, including yourself, by being that stupid and choosing to ignore all that evidence just because of a head-fake).

Posted by: Swan on May 22, 2008 at 3:08 PM | PERMALINK

Swan, please stop. I'm getting dizzy over here.

Posted by: thersites on May 22, 2008 at 3:10 PM | PERMALINK

I'm getting dizzy over here. - T


Stop sniffing your handle then, and get back to googling.

Posted by: optical weenie on May 22, 2008 at 3:14 PM | PERMALINK

Thersites, want to quit your rude comments from now on? Thanks.

Posted by: Swan on May 22, 2008 at 3:15 PM | PERMALINK

Grand Moff, I think you're right. McCain might be off his meds. But it's an epidemic. I heard some right wing radio moron this morning talking about how this shows that Obama hates the military. In what universe does that make sense?

Weenie, I don't get to spin my notebook on my pencil like you federal types do. I've got to get my kicks somehow.

Posted by: thersites on May 22, 2008 at 3:20 PM | PERMALINK

The rulers of Vietnam ought to release the interrogation transcripts of McCain.

Posted by: Brojo on May 22, 2008 at 3:21 PM | PERMALINK

Another example of what I've noticed recently: Chris Matthews having a really informed person making the argument for counting the Michigan and Florida votes on hiw show the other night. Not only did she make the argument well, but she smacked Chrissy down.

Chrissy's show is one of the ones that tends to skip non-shill (especially pro-Hillary) guests, and Chrissy usually tries to talk over and interrupt anybody who is going to say anything that makes any sense (probably until they forget half of what they had to say).

It was an unusual instance of seeing Hardball be hardball, and not fluffball. I expect his show has finally be getting a lot of nasty e-mails due to Media Matters. Hopefully it will be continue to be this good, although it's already far too late for Hillary (but I'm hoping an expecting the Republicans will have made a miscalculation with their anti-Hillary war, and Obama will turn out to be the stronger candidate for us anyway).

Posted by: Swan on May 22, 2008 at 3:26 PM | PERMALINK

The rulers of Vietnam ought to release the interrogation transcripts of McCain.

Conservatives who probably want every possible unflattering record on Hillary and Obama to be released to the press, but would complain if McCain's released records turn out to show he has some kind of physical weakness that tends to make him less qualified, are very ironic.

Posted by: Barbarian Power on May 22, 2008 at 3:30 PM | PERMALINK

AIDS and Alzheimer's?

Posted by: scarshapedstar on May 22, 2008 at 4:05 PM | PERMALINK

I can get why McInsane would want to release his med records on black-hole Friday, but wwhat's the point of releasing them to a "tightly controlled group of reporters"? It's not like other reporters won't have access to the information eventually, and pissed off reporters are more likely to keep the story alive after Memorial Day.

Of course, this could be a Rovian tactic; get everyone up in arms about McInsane having something to hide, only to find that the med reports amount to a whole lot of nothing.

Posted by: MeLoseBrain? on May 22, 2008 at 4:07 PM | PERMALINK

Releasing sensitive negative information on Friday when most people are mentally disengaged from the news is a tried and true way to diminish its effect.

Limiting its release to only a select group of news professionals seems like something that could backfire... by angering those left out. I guess we'll see how that goes for McCain the people.

Posted by: Jim G on May 22, 2008 at 4:32 PM | PERMALINK

Since Cindy McCain doesn't want you to learn that she was born in 1937, that may be one reason why she doesn't want HER financial records released.

Cindy McCain was born in 1937. Cindy McCain lies about her age.

I wonder if John McCain knows she was born in 1937, or has she been lying to him all these years?

Cindy McCain was born in 1937. Her voter registration records prove it. Her credit information proves it.

Posted by: Anon on May 22, 2008 at 4:34 PM | PERMALINK

AIDS and Alzheimer's?

Who the hell did I screw last night?

Posted by: drjimcooper on May 22, 2008 at 4:49 PM | PERMALINK

Anon,
I don't think anyone really gives a rat's patooty how old Cindy McCain is. If anything, your rant only reveals the sexist attitude that reamins in you still.

Posted by: optical weenie on May 22, 2008 at 4:52 PM | PERMALINK

Weenie,

Is a rat's patooty different from its handle?
Just askin'

Posted by: thersites on May 22, 2008 at 4:58 PM | PERMALINK

Grand Moff Texan, thanks for the link.

I call an exposition like McCain's a "Family Circus" route. McCain started out toward his point just like Billy going home from school, but just like Billy he made lots of detours irrevelant to the goal of getting to the point. He turned off for a long ramble through memories of his father and grandfather and took an emotionally loaded walk on a board stretched over the pit of his Vietnam pain. He stopped to make mean faces at the kid living over on the next block. He picked some of the neighbors' flowers to present as a bouquet to the president. The difference between McCain and Billy is that eventually Billy gets home, and McCain never did get to the point.

It's certainly not going to help his campaign for him to talk like the aged grandfather who launches into a series of barely connected stories about "back in the day" when asked why he failed to pay his electric bill.

Posted by: cowalker on May 22, 2008 at 5:06 PM | PERMALINK

A patooty is circular. A handle is cylindrical.

I could see those who are geometrically challenged
getting confused.

Posted by: optical weenie on May 22, 2008 at 5:08 PM | PERMALINK

A patooty is circular? I would think it more elliptical whereas a wanker would be circular. Heh.

EnnyHooo, from what I have gathered googled is that there are thousands of pages of his medical record and the reporters, who are not doctors, would have a hard time finding and questioning whats in the records in the time span alotted.

Posted by: Jet on May 22, 2008 at 5:23 PM | PERMALINK

Jet,
If your wanker is circular, as opposed to cylindrical then you must be a girl. And if your patooty is elliptical, well .... I feel sorry for you.

Posted by: optical weenie on May 22, 2008 at 6:23 PM | PERMALINK

tightly controlled group of reporters...isn't that an oxymoron?

McCain does realize that tightly controlled or not, they are reporters and what they report is supposed to enlighten the public...as in being made public.

Or in tightly controlled meaning Republican and what they report will be spun to the point of uselessness information....

This whole scheme makes no sence at all.

Posted by: Zit on May 22, 2008 at 6:57 PM | PERMALINK

Thersites, want to quit your rude comments from now on? Thanks. Posted by: Swan on May 22, 2008 at 3:15 PM

This wasn't necessary, was it Swan? You aren't the moderator here. Post and let post.

Posted by: Make comments, not war on May 22, 2008 at 7:05 PM | PERMALINK

Zit,
I susupect that "Tightly controlled" means they've been served the Barbecue Koolaid on the Straight Talk Express, and can be trusted.

Posted by: thersites on May 22, 2008 at 7:08 PM | PERMALINK
tightly controlled group of reporters...isn't that an oxymoron?

Nah, consider if the Bush Administration distributed a piece of information to a couple carefully selected people from Fox News plus Gannon/Guckert. They are nominally "reporters", but the group could still be "tightly controlled".

Posted by: cmdicely on May 22, 2008 at 7:10 PM | PERMALINK

>tightly controlled group of reporters...isn't that an oxymoron>tightly controlled group of reporters...isn't that an oxymoron>tightly controlled group of reporters...isn't that an oxymoron>tightly controlled group of reporters...isn't that an oxymoron

IMHO, when it comes to McCain, the problem with the phrase "tightly controlled group of reporters" is its redundancy, not its oxymoron-ity...

Posted by: bcamarda on May 22, 2008 at 9:56 PM | PERMALINK

Maybe he'll reveal Cindy McCain's tax returns to a selected group of journalists, along with a 15 minute conference call on July 3.

Posted by: Artie on May 23, 2008 at 7:48 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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