Transparency In The McCain Campaign

I do not think that “transparency” means what David Brooks thinks it means:

DAVID BROOKS: The 2000 campaign. Now, because of technology — technology is supposed to create transparency. It does the exact opposite. There’s cameras everywhere. There’s phone cameras everywhere. There is no off-the-record moment.

Isn’t that exactly what we’re hoping for – that politicians don’t pander? Tell us one thing in public while privately believing something else?

David Brooks is right on one thing, though – McCain would be doing a lot better if he ran as the authentic 2000 version of McCain. To blame the change on the media, however, is insulting. There are 10,000 media outlets (you’re reading one right now!) and we no longer need the “network news” – God, what a dated phrase – to summarize the Story of the Day.


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