All three networks were conscientious in granting John McCain correspondent coverage in the face of his rival's media blitz--even though the Republican did not do much that was newsworthy. NBC's Kelly O'Donnell focused on his pitch on energy: a new TV ad blames Obama for the rising price of gasoline because the Democrat refuses to back drilling for oil in coastal waters. On ABC, Ron Claiborne (embargoed link) played the photo-op of McCain visiting former President George Bush at his Kennebunkport vacation home where "he was diverted and at times diverted himself" from his pocketbook agenda. McCain could not take his mind off Iraq: "It was the surge that is, that has brought, that is winning this war." CBS' Jim Axelrod chose McCain's allegations of "fawning coverage from a pro-Obama media" as his angle. McCain submitted an op-ed article on Iraq to The New York Times in response to a piece written by Obama. The Times asked McCain to rewrite his section on "a clear plan for achieving victory" rather than publish it as is.
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