Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Foreclosure of the Fourth Estate

This is scary stuff. The Palin-McCain campaign is creating a lynch mob mentality among its supporters. Both the media and Obama are targets.

From Talking Points Memo:

Milbank: McCain-Palin's Attacks On Media Have Spawned Unprecedented
Crowd Hostility Toward Press
By Greg Sargent - October 7, 2008, 2:35PM
Dana Milbank -- the Washington Post reporter who wrote this morning's piece about the Palin crowd's disgusting abuse of reporters at a rally yesterday -- tells me that the McCain camp's repeated attacks on the media have spawned crowd hostility towards the press that's running at a "degree of intensity" he's never experienced in covering presidential politics.

As Milbank wrote, one Palin supporter hurled an unspecified racial epithet at an African American sound man, and told him: "Sit down, boy."
. . .

Milbank says that after the Palin attacked the New York Times and Katie Couric in her stump speech yesterday in Florida, he and other reporters were pelted with boos, with some saying things like "screw you" and "f[]ing liberal media."

"McCain has so overtly taken on the media -- they're doing it to rile the base," he continued. "And lo and behold, the base is good and riled."

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