Listening to the main stream media one would believe John McCain and his campaign have said nothing in the past week other than complaints about the media's love-fest with Senator Barack Obama. All McCain did was merely state the obvious, but they're not going to let him get away with it.
Rather than report the story, the media has now become the story, intertwined with the Obama campaign. They've entered into a credibility damaging viscious circle that goes something like "We love Obama, now we are reporting on our love for Obama because his opponent pointed it out, so we must now attack the opponent".
ABC News has the headline Anatomy of an Attack: How McCain Hit Obama - McCain Camp Seethed, Then Began Landstuhl Attack by Touting Hannity Comments on their website. Including the title, the article mentions the McCain campaign "seething" three times. About McCain's ad regarding Obama scrapping his plans to visit our wounded troops the author writes "The McCain campaign dropped the bomb...... an extraordinarily harsh attack line: 'And now, he made time to go to the gym, but cancelled a visit with wounded troops'."
Of course, ABC made the Obama campaign's retort sound extremely reasonable: "The Obama campaign was quick to cry foul.....This politicization of our soldiers is exactly what Sen. Obama sought to avoid." They failed to point out that had Senator Obama visited Landstuhl without the press it simply would have been a sincere gesture from the man who wants to be president. It became political when he scrapped the visit because he couldn't bring his reporters along.
When did criticizing a political opponent become an "extrordinarily harsh attack"? Oh yeah, when the politician making the criticism is the opponent of your love child.