John McCain and the Media
Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780307279408, 240pp.
Publication Date: March 11, 2008
David Brock and Paul Waldman show how the media has enabled McCain's rise from the Keating Five scandal to the underdog hero of the 2000 primaries to his roller-coaster run for the 2008 nomination. They illuminate how the press falls for McCain's "straight talk" and how the Arizona senator gets away with inconsistencies and misrepresentations for which the media skewers other politicians. This is a fascinating study of how the media shape the political debate, and an essential book for every political junkie.
Paul Waldman is the author or coauthor of three books on politics and media, including "The Press Effect: Politicians, Journalists, and the Stories That Shape the Political World." His last book was "Being Right Is Not Enough: What Progressives Must Learn From Conservative Success." He is also a columnist for "The American Prospect."
“The press loves McCain. We're his base.”
—Chris Matthews, MSNBC
“John McCain is clearly the Washington media's favorite Republican.” —Brit Hume, Fox News
“The media, of course, loves John McCain because it seems like he's back to the old John McCain.” —David Shuster, MSNBC
“I think every last one of them [reporters] would move to Massachusetts and marry John McCain if they could.”
—Joe Scarborough, MSNBC