The Wages of Wankery

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"The Wages of Wankery"

Joe Klein, who in the past had oft been a critic of blogospheric ire, has done some of the very best writing on John McCain’s presidential campaign. For his trouble, he’s been banned from the McCain and Palin campaign planes:

Campaign spokesperson Michael Goldfarb responded that “we don’t allow Daily Kos diarists on board either.”

Michael Calderone observes that “other Time magazine staffers, including Washington bureau chief Jay Carney, reporter Michael Scherer, and Mark Halperin (The Page), have not had a problem with access.” You might think that if Time were a real news organization, it would stand up for Klein and say that if the McCain-Palin campaign isn’t going to let Klein on the plane, then they’re not going to send some other journalists to give them kinder coverage. Instead, though, Time operates in conventional MSM style. If you get good access, your stories get good placement. So if like Scherer and Halperin you decline to tell the truth about McCain, you get access to McCain and your career benefits. If you do tell the truth about McCain, you lose access to McCain and your career suffers. Which is a great way to run a magazine if you don’t care about informing your audience. Which, I guess, Time‘s owners and editors don’t care about.

UPDATE: Klein writes in defense of his colleagues.

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