Tuesday, September 02, 2008

AP: Absolutely Politicized

At least one media outfit has already gone from suck to blow:

TPM Election Central | Talking Points Memo | Associated Press To The Rescue! Palin Was Thoroughly Vetted, After All!
Ron Fournier, send in the cavalry!

On a day when The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and McClatchy all weighed in with tough pieces on the weak vetting of Sarah Palin, the Associated Press rides to the rescue with a piece reporting that Palin was in fact thoroughly vetted after all.

The AP's source for this revelation? Why, the guy who was in charge of the vetting for McCain, lawyer Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr. You'll be surprised to hear that he says he did a very thorough job.

The AP piece also has this curious passage, in which the lawyer says Palin had disclosed Bristol's pregnancy to him...

Culvahouse then conducted a nearly three-hour interview. He said the first thing Palin volunteered was that her daughter was pregnant, and she also quickly disclosed her husband's two-decade-old DUI arrest.

Of course, yesterday, McCain advisers refused to say whether McCain had known of the pregnancy before picking Palin as Veep. So, if it's true that Palin disclosed it to McCain's chief vetter, one of the following must also be true:

1) McCain did know about the pregnancy before he picked Palin, but McCain aides for some reason declined to disclose this yesterday.

2) McCain's chief vetter did learn of the pregnancy before McCain picked Palin, but no one told McCain about it.

3) McCain's chief vetter isn't telling the truth.

Take your pick.
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