The McCain campaign has selected a handful of news organizations to review the records today in a conference room at the Copper Wynd Resort in Fountain Hills, Ariz., near the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale.
Reporters from all five major news networks — CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN and Fox — will be allowed to take notes from the records, as will wire reporters from the Associated Press, Reuters and Bloomberg news agencies. Just two print newspapers will be among the pool: The Washington Post and the Arizona Republic.The reason for the restrictions, according to the McCain campaign, is the high level of interest in the elderly McCain's medical condition. Let me repeat that: he's restricting access to the records because everyone is interested in them.
"We had to do it at the Mayo Clinic and the doctors there probably didn't want 200 reporters running around," said senior McCain adviser Charlie Black. "It's not a perfect situation, but its the best available."Which is, of course, a load of crap. If the campaign had any interest at all in openness, they could have photocopied the records and handed them out to reporters to review somewhere besides the Mayo Clinic. They could have posted them on the Internet, for that matter, and we could all have a look at them.
That's not what McCain is doing.
Whether McCain is hiding anything or not, this gives us all an insight into just how open a McCain Administration would be.