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FOX Admits McCain Stacked "Town Hall" With Supporters

Wow, he really is McSame, isn't he? Huff Po: Tonight was the first in a much-hyped series of 'town hall' forums scheduled by John McCain's campaig

Wow, he really is McSame, isn't he?

Huff Po:

Tonight was the first in a much-hyped series of 'town hall' forums scheduled by John McCain's campaign, in which Barack Obama had been challenged to show up to discuss the issues directly with the GOP nominee.

Except, as Fox News reported, McCain's campaign misled the public about the nature of the event. The forum was "billed by the McCain campaign as a town hall with independent and Democratic voters," but Fox News noted at the end that the audience was actually "made up of invited guests and supporters," the Democratic National Committee said in a statement.

Shepard Smith 'fesses up:

I reported at the top of this hour that the campaign had told us at Fox News that the audience would be made up of Republicans, Democrats, and independents. We have now received a clarification from the campaign and I feel I should pass it along to you. The McCain campaign distributed tickets to supporters, Mayor Bloomberg, who of course is a registered Republican, and other independent groups.

Uh huh. And this is EXACTLY the reason why Barack Obama should politely refuse to do any Town Hall with McCain on Fox. Next, McSame will be demanding loyalty oaths. DNC Head Howard Dean had something to say about it too:

Once again John McCain's campaign is trying to mislead the American people. Senator McCain should understand that after seven years of a President who has divided Americans and pursued a scorched earth policy full of misleading propaganda campaigns, we need a leader who understands he is the President for all Americans not just his supporters. If Senator McCain likes to brag so much about running a transparent campaign, why is he copying the Bush campaign model by stacking this event with his prescreened supporters? If that is John McCain's idea of straight talk, the American people are in for a long and disappointing campaign season.

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