The AP gives us three examples of the political game of gotcha, and not one of them originated with the usual purveyors of idiotic controversy in miniature - journalists. Instead, the story describes three controversies that fundamentally are legitimate subjects of political reporting:
- John McCain's abject ignorance of the actual timeline of the escalation in Iraq
- CBS's careful editing of an interview to avoid exposure of McCain's ignorance
- the details of Obama's willingness to meet with the ugly, awful leaders of enemy countries without precondition
Even more, McCain's frequent need of factual correction about what is supposed to be his signature issue ought to be at the top of the news. The guy doesn't have what it takes - unless you want four more years - and we ought to know that before we make another moronic choice.