McCain aide Rick Davis wasn’t too happy today about being called out by the NY Times, on his ties to Fannie & Freddie and particularly the role he “played in helping Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac beat back regulatory challenges when he served as president of their advocacy group, the Homeownership Alliance, formed in the summer of 2000.”
Davis and fellow McCain aide Steve Schmidt took out their frustrations on the NY Times on a conference today:
Marc Ambinder has some of the text from the call here. Schmidt was just a tad “touchy” about “about being pegged as liars.” Ben Smith noted on Politico that “the call was so rife with simple, often inexplicable misstatements of fact that it may have had the opposite effect: to deepen the perception, dangerous to McCain, that he and his aides have little regard for factual accuracy.”
Liar, Liar… More than pants are on fire at this point. The audacity is glaring. Politico reports:
Bill Keller, the newspaper’s executive editor, said in a statement of response: “The New York Times is committed to covering the candidates fully, fairly and aggressively. It’s our job to ask hard questions, fact-check their statements and their advertising, examine their programs, positions, biographies and advisors. Candidates and their campaign operatives are not always comfortable with that level of scrutiny, but it’s what our readers expect and deserve.”
Bill Burton, the Obama campaign’s national press secretary, called Schmidt’s accusation laughable, and said the Times had published more than 40 “probing stories … over the course of the campaign about Barack Obama, his life, his religion, his childhood, his politics, his time in the state Senate, his time in the U.S. Senate, his family, his religion, his friends, his fundraising and all other manner of associations.”
Me thinks this one has come back to hit the McCain camp in the face with a loud smack or maybe a boomerang. Schmidt has jumped the Shark. Voters need to wake up to the reality that we’ll get nothing but lies from a McCain presidency.