Yes, McCain misstated on Friday what he said on Tuesday. And yes, his press staff tried to spin their way out of it, lying all the way. And no, Jonathan Martin of is not pleased.
Bad move!

Jonathan Martin has caught up with the story on McCain’s inability to remember Friday what he said to a national audience on Tuesday, and it’s fair to say that Martin is not pleased. The McCain staff, which seems to be running for the third Bush term stylistically as well as substantively, tries to explain away the facts, and Martin isn’t having any.

That seems to me a bad, bad mistake by the McCainites; their credibility with Martin should have been more important to them than spinning this particular story.

Still, so far this has made much less of a fuss than it should have, perhaps because the second comment, unlike the first, isn’t on video. Keep hammering.

Footnote: One of Martin’s commenters tries to deny that McCain criticized the media, but the speech as delivered matches the text word for word.

The media often overlooked how compassionately she spoke to the concerns and dreams of millions of Americans, and she deserves a lot more appreciation than she sometimes received.

And the question that sparked McCain’s indignant denial wasn’t about whether he had criticized the press, it was about whether “you felt that the media hadn’t recognized or had overlooked some of the attributes that Hillary Clinton had brought to the race.”

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: