But Reid and his excusers aren't the most shameless people. That dishonor should go to "60 Minutes" and CBS. They had the "Game Change" book in advance. But they completely ignored the pages that embarrassed Reid and Clinton. They spent the lion's share of their time with McCain aide Steve Schmidt going savagely on the record (again) against Sarah Palin. At least Schmidt wasn't mauling Palin anonymously. He's tried to be Palin's Freddy Krueger for months now. Schmidt and CBS made Palin out to be so stupid that she didn't understand anything about any of America's wars in the 20th century.
Surely, CBS gave Palin and her defenders a chance to respond? No, they didn't -- not on "60 Minutes," and not on "The Early Show" in the several segments promoting Schmidt's attacks before and after the interview. Instead, the 17 people who watch this morning program saw Bob Schieffer declare once again that he thinks Palin is political roadkill.
Anderson Cooper, who interviewed Schmidt and the authors as a guest correspondent on CBS, asked about Reid, Clinton and race with these authors on CNN on Monday night. CBS wasn't just one-sided; its approach was propagandistic and corrupt -- a lot like the phony documents war on George W. Bush in 2004.
The most underplayed scoop in the "Game Change" book is the story of John and Elizabeth Edwards. Some of their former staffers went on the record by name and talked about their candidate's soaring ego, his sloppy affair with Rielle Hunter and what the authors called "the lie of Saint Elizabeth." They said the candidate's wife was "so unpleasant that they felt like battered spouses."
This is worth underlining. They felt "there was no one on the national stage for whom the disparity between public image and private reality was vaster or more disturbing. What the world saw in Elizabeth: a valiant, determined, heroic everywoman. What the Edwards insiders saw: an abusive, intrusive, paranoid, condescending crazywoman."
Edwards staffers started to panic at their own success with the servile media, said the book: "The mainstream media, yet again, was determinedly ignoring the Enquirer." If that trend continued, Edwards could win the nomination and be trounced by the Republicans when the truth of Edwards' affair proved true.
The sugary television stories of John and Elizabeth celebrating their love-filled marriage at Wendy's look like fraud. So you can see why this would be downplayed. It suggests all of the media's gooey Democratic love stories look, well, propagandistic and corrupt.
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