11/30/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

McCain Loyalist Salter Turned Into Media Litigator

"I see the bias for Obama all over," he said, and let that hang there. His office TV was muted, but his crazed beeper was signaling him every minute or so. He hadn't had a cigarette for several hours and confessed to feeling a tad jumpy. "But this thing with Obama: We're naturally concerned -- especially because the media isn't, none of you guys are."

And then he just stared at his visitor.

He has a good stare, not exactly foreboding, but hard enough to let a stranger know when he is not messing around. He stands a stocky 5-foot-9, about the same as his boss. The goatee is all his own, but his steel-blue eyes, intensity and bluntness regularly evoke comparisons to his hero's bearing and demeanor.

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