Kurtz: McCain’s ‘cozy’ press relationship image is ‘rooted in reality.’

Today, Washington Post reporter Howie Kurtz talks about the press’s infatuation with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ):

mccainpressweb.jpg This approach contrasts sharply with the popular image of McCain as enjoying a cozy relationship with media organizations that he has jokingly called “my base.” That image is rooted in reality: McCain allows reporters to question him for hours at a time, is a frequent talk show guest and mingles easily among the media elite. On the trail, journalists enjoy his sarcastic sense of humor and have provided him with generally favorable treatment.

In fact, most Americans agree with Kurtz. A recent New York Times/CBS News poll found that more people believe the media have been “easier” on McCain than both Sens. Barack Obama (D-IL) and Hillary Clinton (D-NY). Perhaps there’s a reason. Many mainstream news reporters have acknowledged that thus far in the campaign, they have yet to put McCain under tough scrutiny.