I saw those words in the Oborg Saturdy night. Apparently they had already gone to their media surrogates as Politico reports – Andrea Mitchel was parotting them

: “The Obama people must feel that he didn’t do quite as well as they might have wanted to in that context, because what they are 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. He seemed so well-prepared.” (NBC’s “Meet The Press,” 8/17/08)

Of course, whenever someone outshines Obama there are sinister reasons afoot. We all remember how the anchors of ABC debate – who were hitting on both Hillary and Obama were universally chastised – because Obama was not able to answer as well as Hillary.Here’s Sowell:

There was outrage in the mainstream media when ABC anchorman Charles Gibson asked Obama a serious question about the economic effects of a capital gains tax. Who interrupts honeymooners to talk economics?

The fact that Obama did not have a very coherent answer made things worse — for Gibson. Since Obama can do no wrong in the eyes of many of his supporters, they resented Gibson’s having asked him such a question.

This time, McCain who is somewhat less in disfavor with the media than Hillary was, complained about it in a letter to the president of NBC News

We are extremely disappointed to see that the level of objectivity at NBC News has fallen so low that reporters are now giving voice to unsubstantiated, partisan claims in order to undercut John McCain.
Make no mistake: This is a serious charge. Andrea Mitchell is repeating, uncritically, a completely unsubstantiated Obama campaign claim that John McCain somehow cheated in last night’s forum at Saddleback Church.
Indeed, instead of taking a critical journalistic approach to this spin, Andrea Mitchell did what has become a pattern for her of simply repeating Obama campaign talking points.

McCain campaign also quotes Obama in th forum having said:

Barack Obama acknowledged during the forum when asked about Pastor Warren’s idea of an emergency plan for orphans and Obama said, “I cheated a little bit. I actually looked at this idea ahead of time, and I think it is a great idea;”

As usual – projection. As for Mitchell? Her defense:

“I wasn’t expressing an opinion,” Mitchell said. “I was reporting what they were saying.”

Too bad, that “they” are always one and the same side. It was Russert’s tecnique – when confronting guests with the most outlandish poorly sourced contentions. It’s been consistently used for the past 8 yers to prop the Bush administration. Now it’s the turn of Jr.jr

Bush’s other sycophants, NY Times – they of Judith Miller credibility is repeating the accusation

CNN actually bothers too check  the facts

Warren told CNN Sunday evening, “we flat out asked him” if he heard any of the questions. The McCain campaign “confirmed that McCain did not hear or see any of the broadcast” in the motorcade or after he arrived, Ross said.

When asked if McCain overheard anything, Charlie Black, a McCain adviser who was with him at the time, told CNN: “We were in motorcade until 5:30 p.m. ET; then a holding room in another building with no TV.”

I have covered this that very night when it was merely something floating on an obot board. I didn’t imagine that the media – which was then complimentary to mcCain will go “they say” on us.

What they are doing though, it surpasses attacking george Staphanopoulis from ABC. Now they are saying a man of cloth is lying and contributing to a cheat. I wonder how well will this go over with that audience Obama was so desperate to please?  What would reverend Wright do?

Update in a slightly related news – Obama met and praised an actual swiftboater

RENO, Nev. — Barack Obama on Sunday met with — and defended — one of the primary financers of the group that was perhaps most responsible for sinking Sen. John F. Kerry’s 2004 presidential bid.

Obama was asked how it felt to be meeting with the man “who tore down” Kerry’s campaign.:

“Ah, you know, he’s got a lot longer track record than that,” Obama said. “He’s been doing, ah, he’s a legendary entrepreneur and you know, one of the things that I think we have to unify the country around is having an intelligent energy policy.”
In addition to his contributions to Swift Boat Veterans, Pickens gave $2.5 million to the Karl Rove-linked 527 group Progress for America and also has been a major bundler for Republican candidates.