Earlier, I denounced the mainstream media for complicity in McCain's blatant lying during this campaign. My terror might have been premature---David Brooks and Richard Cohen, perhaps shamed by being bested by the ladies of "The View" in the journalism department, have denounced the McCain campaign for their unprecedented rip-roaring commitment to lying.


Richard Cohen's pissed.

McCain has turned ugly. His dishonesty would be unacceptable in any politician, but McCain has always set his own bar higher than most. He has contempt for most of his colleagues for that very reason: They lie. He tells the truth. He internalizes the code of the McCains -- his grandfather, his father: both admirals of the shining sea. He serves his country differently, that's all -- but just as honorably. No more, though.

I am one of the journalists accused over the years of being in the tank for McCain. Guilty.

He goes on to explain why, which you can read, but which I'm sort of bored by. But the admission that he's been in the tank for McCain is what needed to happen. Now that he's gone over the waterfall, everyone else will hopefully feel freer to do it. And frankly, all the media types who have kissed McCain's ass all these years should be furious. He betrayed you. He played you for suckers. He's always been popular with the press because he's nice and accessible and seems to respect them. This insane lying streak shows that it was all an act. McCain is that guy who takes you out to dinner, puts on a great show of respect and admiration, and after he gets you in bed, makes fun of you to all his friends because you were so easy.

Meanwhile, I'm growing more confident in the belief that Sarah Palin's main selling point as running mate is her ability to lie without blinking. But as the link shows, she has poor judgment and appears to lie just for the fun of it. I doubt anyone would really care if she read her speech off a teleprompter (she did, and it functioned fine), but she's so enamored of the sexier story that she is sticking with it even though it outs her as someone who radiates contempt for the truth. Or, considering her religious leanings, someone who prefers the fantasy over reality every time.