Bill Kristol Makes Yet Another Error in the New York Times
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Today in the New York print edition of the New York Times, columnist Bill Kristol attacks allegations that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) may not have been in the â€œcone of silenceâ€ during Saturdayâ€™s Saddleback Civil Forum:
NBCâ€™s Andrea Mitchell reported on â€œMeet the Pressâ€ that â€œthe Obama people must feel that he didnâ€™t do quite as well as they might have wanted to in that context. â€¦ What theyâ€™re putting out privately is that McCain may not have been in the cone of silence and may have had some ability to overhear what the questions were to Obama.â€
Thatâ€™s pretty astonishing, since there seems to be absolutely no basis for the charge. But the fact that Obamaâ€™s people made this suggestion means they know McCain outperformed him.
Kristol is wrong. In fact, the New York Times itself reports today that McCain â€œ was not in a â€˜cone of silenceâ€™ on Saturday night.â€ He was instead â€œin his motorcade on the way to the churchâ€ when Rev. Rick Warren was interviewing Obama.