John McCain's base is the media, he's made no attempt to hide it. So it's no surprise to see the media downplay any allegations that may tarnish Mr. Clean's reputation. In fact, a full two-thirds of the Matthews Meter (12 regular talking heads on his show) don't believe that these revelations will hurt him at all. Of course, if the media keep dismissing it, it's easy to see how they'll be right.
But Chris Matthews gives the money quote at the very end:
Often times, journalists know things they don't report and that knowledge guides their reporting.
Exactly. It will be interesting to see how much more will be revealed as other sources build on the original story.
John Amato: Notice how the panel of the Matthews Meter say the lobbyist infiltration of McCain's campaign won't hurt him in the general election. That's probably because they'll do their best to shield him along the way...