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McCain Kicks Joe Klein Off the Plane

First Maureen Dowd, now it’s DFH Joe Klein:

Time columnist Joe Klein, who’s been a forceful critic of the McCain campaign (and already said he’s unwilling to accept a post-election apology), has found himself without a seat on the McCain or Palin planes the past four months.

In June, Klein was kept from boarding the McCain plane over what they said had been a security issue. More recently, when trying to fly on the Palin plane last week, Klein told Politico over e-mail that the campaign’s response was he “couldn’t be accommodated at this time.”

“I’ve done nine presidential campaigns and this is the first time this has ever happened to me,” Klein said. “I was even allowed—I won’t say welcomed—on the Clinton plane in the summer of 1996 after I was revealed as the author of Primary Colors.”

“I rode with McCain during the primaries, but not since I asked him—at a June press conference—whether he really believed Ahmadinejad was the ‘leader’ of Iran, since he has no control over foreign policy or the nuclear program,” Klein continued. “That was when they suddenly told me that I hadn’t called in time to get secret service clearance. (I had called more than a day in advance.)"

One of the most destructive habits of the Bush administration was denying access to any of its critics, which turned the media into a bunch of "access whores" who just shoveled spin and didn’t offer much in the way of meaningful criticism for fear they wouldn’t get the headlines. 

The fact that McCain is already showing these tendencies and blowing off big time reporters would be more troubling if he weren’t sinking like a rock in the polls.  As it is, it’s just another symptom of his nasty temper, his sense of entitlement and his proclivity for cribbing his campaign cues from Bush.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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