March 27, 2008

I've written about Meghan McCain's McCain Bloggette site, and its intent to document her father's campaign and further the whole notion of what a swell guy he is. Even the media has picked up on it, although in typical McCain media blinders fashion:

Her Web site mixes behind-the-scenes photos and videos from the campaign trail with iPod music playlists, designer fashion, even makeup tips.

It can be addictive, says Julie Barko Germany, director of the Institute for Politics and the Internet at George Washington University.

"It feels almost like picking up a copy of Us Weekly - real stars, they're just like us!" Germany said.

The site shows her father through a younger lens, making him seem, if not more hip, then definitely less crotchety, said Germany, whose husband works for McCain's campaign.

That's great feedback, from the wife of a McCain campaigner. Real independent sourcing. But even in the great McCain lovefest that is the media, little niggling facts will come out, though never focused on. This little paragraph in the same article caught my eye:

"McCain Blogette" is independent from the campaign. So independent, the campaign said it could not answer who pays for Meghan and her two friends to travel on campaign planes and buses. A spokeswoman for Meghan did not respond to inquiries.

Hmmm....the FEC should be looking into campaign spending violations for McCain this another avenue they should pursue?

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