This is one of those clips that makes you want to throw things at your tee vee. (please don't!) Matthews and Russert admit that MSNBC can't -- or refuses to -- multi-task. The basic message was this: as long as there is a campaign battle between Obama and Clinton, they MUST ignore John McCain. Russert even admits to being flooded with e-mails about their abysmal McCain coverage, but he tells Democrats to just be patient, when the time is right, they'll pay attention to the train wreck of a campaign being run by the aging senator from Arizona:
Matthews: ..."You think the Democrat warhorses know that as long as there's a fire going on in one of those rings, the Barack Obama ring, we're not going to focus much on John McCain's weaknesses?"
Russert: "Yes, they believed initially that ignoring the McCain campaign was beneficial and helpful to the Democrats, but as this has gone on, they see in their minds, and we get flooded with e-mails, Senator McCain making a mistake on Shi'a vs. Sunni, making a mistake about the first Persian Gulf War and the second, vis-à-vis oil, his own relationship with Pastor Hagee and why isn't that talked about and reported on the way Reverend Wright's relationship with Senator Obama is talked about. But, all that in time. It is only May. This has been going on for some time, but it's going to be a long, long campaign and when Senator McCain is back in the media's light, he'll receive the same kind of scrutiny."
This is outrageous. McCain is only out of the media spotlight because the McCain Media takes him out -- intentionally -- and it is detrimental to our election process. The free pass allows McCain to continue to raise more money, look more presidential than he really is and garner good poll numbers, which gives him advantages he doesn't deserve and wouldn't otherwise get if he were properly scrutinized. Timmeh says they've been flooded with e-mails about this, but he ain't seen nothin' yet. Send an e-mail to MSNBC and let them know that it is completely unacceptable to tell us that we have to wait for any amount of time or any reason before we see balanced coverage and scrutiny of John McCain's disastrous campaign.
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We're going to hold on to this clip and refer to it often...