Tuesday, July 29, 2008

MSNBC Gets It Right: McCain Attack Ad Is False

TPM - Greg Sargent

MSNBC does the impossible, pointing out that the McCain attack ad's claim that Obama canceled the visit to the troops because he couldn't bring "the cameras" is false:

NBC's Andrea Mitchell reports that there was never a plan for Obama to take the press to Landstuhl, despite the claim by McCain folks and others. The plan was to go with his military aide, retired General Scott Gration. The Pentagon said Gration was off-limits because he had joined the campaign -- violating rules that it not be a political stop.

Obama had gone to see wounded troops in Iraq earlier in the week, without even confirming he'd been there. No press, no pictures. He has done the same when he goes to Walter Reed -- never any press.

This is rather relevant info, to put it mildly, and it's unclear why it's missing from most of the other reporting about this ad.

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