McCain on Hannity: Ware's Heckling "Unfortunate"
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This one's short, sweet, and to the point.
Say what you will about all the fuss over CNN's Michael Ware heckling McCain in a speech. Say what you will about all the hub bub over whether Ware actually heckled. Say what you will about whether McCain was in a far too contrived setup when he toured Baghdad...the trip that set up "heckle-gate" in the first place.
Out of his own mouth just now on Hannity, McCain confirmed there was talking and laughing coming out of that man's mouth while he (McCain) was speaking...and the Presidential wannabe could only muster a moderately diplomatic "Sean, I think it was just unfortunate."
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Hannity has a Monday & Thursday segment in which he talks to the candidates and allows callers to talk with them as well. McCain was up first today, and theirs was the standard fare for a Hannity love fest.
The significant pieces of McCain's time were first, the admission that he was heckled (and there were several categories of people there to confirm it was Ware), and second, that he felt after his recent trips there that his role in running for office would have to, first and foremost, focus on telling the American people that there is another WHOLE story about what is going on in Iraq that the media isn't telling us.
He talked about visiting a market in Baghdad where recently 200 people had been killed by an explosion, and that the whole area was now under reconstruction. He discussed how the people acted; the people there were hopeful, worried about security, and anxious about being able to pick up the pieces and move on (my words).
He mentioned that there was a WHOLE different view of things in Iraq from his perspective than that which our local media provides. And, he suggested that he believed it was very important that he bring that message back to America. America needs to know this can be won, it MUST be won, and that even though it will be long, and hard, and tough...it MUST be done for the future of the Iraqis, AND the American people.
Asked how he felt about the 60 minutes piece yesterday...whether he felt (like Hannity) that it was an unfair "hit piece", all McCain could say was:
If I complain, it will only make things worse. I'm just going to tell the American people this is going to be a long, hard, tough fight and that we MUST win it. And we CAN win it. And, I'm the most qualified person in the field of candidates for seeing to it that we DO win it.
I'm not on THAT bandwagon just yet, but after so much rhetoric it is very refreshing to hear politicians start admitting that the media has gone out of its way to tell us only one side of the story in Iraq, and that things are in fact much different than they would have us believe.
Ware's childish antics notwithstanding, a case can be made that the media should stop being taken so seriously, and that Ware is a poster child for the childishness they exhibit in telling us what they want us to hear, rather than what they actually saw.