Straight Talk Express Has Special Comfy Chairs for Well-Behaved Reporters
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The Washington Post reports that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is now traveling in a new â€œ Straight Talk Expressâ€ campaign airplane. It â€œfeatures a special areaâ€ with â€œa couch and two captainâ€™s chairsâ€ where â€œMcCain will conduct group interviews with the press.â€ But not all reporters covering McCain can enjoy this new lap of luxury. Top McCain aide Mark Salter said â€œâ€˜only the good reportersâ€™ would get to sit in the specially-configured section for interviews. â€˜ Youâ€™ll have to earn it,â€™he said.â€ So how can these reporters â€œearnâ€ a seat? Never challenge the Senator, as McCain biographer Matt Welch explained in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times:
[McCain is] very open to people. You can come on the bus, everything is great but if he knows or if his team knows that you have a hostile line of questioning or you have a long and well documented critique, theyâ€™re not going to talk to you. [â€¦]
As a human, heâ€™s haunted by the notion of honesty and about honor and truth. He wishes that he could speak the truth all the time. He doesnâ€™t. I donâ€™t think he speaks the truth any more than any other politician really, no more, no less.