Cone of Silence Not Respected During Debates
McCain's camp was all whine-whine-whine to NBC News president Steve Capus over some comments Andrea Mitchell made on Meet the Press. On the subject of Saturday night's faith forum, Mitchell relayed Team Obama sentiments that there was foul play involved in the event — "that McCain may not have been in the Cone of Silence and may have had some ability to overhear what the questions were to Obama. He seemed so well prepared." Someone call someone a cheater?
McCain campaign manager Rick Davis sent a very strongly worded letter to NBC, which so often receives this sort of thing, chiding them for "abandoning non-partisan coverage of the presidential race."
This, even though Mitchell was doing that thing that journalists do — reporting — on what had already been stated by the Democrats, and gave full context to the quote. Except, whoops, now it looks like McCain wasn't in that Cone of Silence after all. Their bad, yo. So what is this magical cone that McCain was not in?
The Cone of Silence is definitely not a real thing. It's a reference to a dysfunctional device from Get Smart (not the remake) that is supposed to keep people from hearing secrets spoken within it. Except if you're in the cone, you can't really hear anything.
IRL, the Cone of Silence refers to an isolated environment where McCain would have zero contact with any life form, especially those who could slip him info about the debates.
The scandal? That McCain wasn't in that cone, and not just because it doesn't exist, but because he was moving from his motorcade to the green room of the studio while Obama's portion was being broadcast live, meaning that any one of the senator's handlers who had a BlackBerry could've totally texted McCain the questions he was about to face.
He may or may not have cheated, but he had the opportunity, a fact that Davis & Co. vehemently denied in their letter to NBC.
Maybe the next forums should include a safe-guard against hearing the questions that doesn't involve a non-existent machine from a 60s TV comedy.
Or maybe we should recognize that the letter shows Mitchell getting chided by the Democrats and, now, the Republicans. Which probably means she's doing something close to her job.