Republican Presidential candidate John McCain took the opportunity presented by a foreign policy flare-up to showcase his Commander-in-Chief chops. All three networks led with the tightening of tensions between Iran and Israel, as Teheran test fired nine missiles including a Shahab 3 with 1200-mile range, which is far enough to bombard Tel Aviv. McCain followed up by granting interviews with all three network anchors, logging enough total time to qualify as Story of the Day. His key soundbite, invoking the Third Reich, would have satisfied Godwin's Law: "We cannot afford to have a second Holocaust."
None of the networks filed from either Iran or Israel on the missile tests: NBC's Jim Miklaszewski and ABC's Jonathan Karl (embargoed link) were at the Pentagon; Lara Logan filed from the DC bureau for CBS. The McCain interviews were pre-taped: NBC's Brian Williams added a question about the candidate's Vietnam War ad; CBS' Katie Couric followed up on McCain's economic platform; ABC's Charles Gibson tried to get McCain to call Barack Obama for flipping and flopping.
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