The McCain campaign apparently believes that factual questions from reporters are inadmissable. In fact, asking factual questions is obviously bias. So that's why they won't answer my emails. Their job now is to prevent Americans from finding out things about their candidates and their records. That's the only way they think they can win. Ambers' grace note:

Here's hoping that today's outburst was an aberration and not a sign that the campaign will be shutting down its press shop for good.

Yes, there's an actual possibility that the McCain campaign will simply shut down press access altogether. But how could we tell? 25 days and no Palin press conference. Are women candidates regarded as too fragile for a robust press corps? Too frail to accept normal debate rules? The sexism that animates Schmidt and McCain is pretty staggering, isn't it? For the twenty-first century?

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