How The Media Completely Distorted Wesley Clark

07/08/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • CJR

The latest round of mock outrage--in a presidential race that has turned the tactic into an art form--now comes in response to comments made by General Wesley Clark.

The McCain camp, sensing an opportunity, complained that Clark had "attacked John McCain's military service record." Of course, Clark had done nothing of the kind. He had questioned the relevance of McCain's combat experience as a qualification to be president of the United States. This is a distinction that you'd expect any reasonably intelligent nine-year old to be able to grasp.

But many in the press have been unable to.

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