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Joe Klein Fires Back

Wednesday evening

On the Time Swampland blog, he challenges the McCain camp’s war on the press.

“There is a tendency in the media to kick ourselves, cringe and withdraw, when we are criticized. But I hope my colleagues stand strong in this case: it is important for the public to know that Palin raised taxes as governor, supported the Bridge to Nowhere before she opposed it, pursued pork-barrel projects as mayor, tried to ban books at the local library and thinks the war in Iraq is “a task from God.” The attempts by the McCain campaign to bully us into not reporting such things are not only stupidly aggressive, but unprofessional in the extreme.”

In other words, her personal life is one thing; her political career is another.

I detect a counter-resistance in the press to the campaign’s efforts to treat them as unfair, as there has been a parade of different attacks on the press today, like one big talking point. It will crescendo this evening when Palin herself offers a few choice words.

Not all Republicans are falling in line behind Palin, as this live mike oops attests.

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