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article imageCindy McCain: No Difference Between Journalism and Gossip

By David Silverberg     Jan 19, 2009 in Politics
In an interview with her blogging daughter, Cindy McCain spoke out about media bias, a voyeuristic press and why it will be difficult to attend the Obama inauguration.
Breaking her weeks of silence, Cindy McCain spoke to her daughter Meghan on the popular news site The Daily Beast. She discussed the best and worst days of the campaign trail, veering often into a diatribe against the mainstream press. She was quick to blast the New York Times often, saying at one point, "Another hard day was the day the New York Times published their profile on me. I had never spoken with the reporter who wrote the article."
When Meghan asked her why the media decided to put her "into a box," Cindy replied she noticed a definite media bias. "I do believe that the media had a specific agenda and with that said, the American people cast their vote."
She also called the press voyeuristic. "Everyone is a reporter now because everyone has a camera on their phone, the face of reporting in general has changed. There is very little difference now between journalism and gossip."
Cindy returned to her New York Times attacks, saying, "It is interesting that it got to the point where the New York Times profile of me is being used as an example of the bias in reporting in journalism classes, at your alma mater, Columbia's journalism school, I believe."
She also expressed frustration at reacting to press reports about her and her family. "When I wanted to respond to negative press, I would have to pretend it wasn't bothering me. When the article came out about your brother and where he was, that was very, very difficult. Extremely irresponsible. Not being able to respond is the hard part."
Meghan asked her mother about her thoughts on travelling to Washington for Barack Obama's inauguration. She said the experience is feeling bittersweet. "We want President-elect Obama to succeed because it's what is best for the country. But for me it is a very bittersweet moment and I believe your father would have made a good president."
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