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John McCain Health Records
Posted by: Jon Henke on Thursday, May 22, 2008

Media Matters really can be very stupid sometimes. Today, they're complaining that the McCain campaign is suckering the media into not reporting on John McCain's health records. Apparently, they're doing this by releasing his health records within a few days of telling the media other interesting things.

Seriously, Media Matters is complaining that there may not be "obsession on the medical records." And this is supposed to be "manipulating" the media.

According to their complaint, Media Matters prefers there be media "obsession" with McCain's medical records, to the exclusion of any other campaign stories.

Somebody is trying to manipulate the media, with all the subtlety and integrity of a 1990's David Brock book. But it's not the McCain campaign.
 
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Media Matters really can be very stupid sometimes.
Err ... isn’t that a bit like saying water can be very wet sometimes?
 
Written By: Xrlq
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Having accidentally tuned in on the press conference about McCain’s health records, I am pleased to report that his most recent colonoscopy showed only a few polyps and that he has no problems with urinary flow. What a relief, for both of us.
 
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Without obsessing about the term "obsession" when it comes to McCain’s medical records, the larger point that there was probably some PR kung-fu going on in an effort to limit publicity regarding those records seems pretty plausible, if not downright obvious.

Releasing bad news on a Friday, or trying to piggy-back the timing of the release with other possibly distracting stories seem to be a part of Public Relations 101. Per the NYT article, that seems to be the admitted goal:
Mr. McCain said late last week that he had nothing to hide. Campaign officials have nonetheless said that even if nothing in the records suggests a problem with his health, a rush of news media reports focusing on the cancer surgery was not politically helpful and that they wanted to play down the information as much as possible — something that the timing of the release would seem to accomplish.
The simple fact that they played games with the release of the medical records... providing only a "small pool of reporters" access, with a limited 3 hour time frame, to pour over 400+ pages of documentation (which only cover the past 8 years, mind you) and with no ability to make copies, seems rather silly — unless, again, the express goal is to limit the amount of information transfer.

It’s the attempt to mitigate the publicity - and thus, the availability - of this information that is the thrust of the Media Matters article; a complaint which, again, seems legitimate.

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