Nah, me neither. CNN, then:
Age as political issue has become a reality the McCain campaign does indeed have to face. McCain turned 72 in August, which would make him the oldest man to begin a first term as president — three years older than Ronald Reagan.
Clips of McCain making supposed age-related gaffes circulate on the Internet. Last month, Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat and a supporter of Democratic candidate Sen. Barack Obama, said McCain’s age and skin cancer history were fair game as a campaign issue. “We’re talking about a reality here that we have to face.” A few days ago, a liberal activist group, Brave New Films, ran a full-page ad in the New York Times, accompanied by a petition signed by more than 2,700 physicians calling on McCain to release his full medical records.
McCain bristles when it is suggested that he might lack youthful vigor. Early in the primaries, he faced a blunt question from a New Hampshire teenager. Was he worried he would get Alzheimer’s disease or die in office? “I’m very active,” McCain shot back. “People will judge by the vigor and enthusiasm associated with our campaign. I’ve out-campaigned my opponents, every race I’ve ever been in.” He ended with a joke. “Thanks for the question, you little jerk!”
In an effort to dispel health concerns, this spring McCain’s campaign allowed select reporters, including CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a look at more than 1,100 pages of medical records. In a teleconference with reporters, Dr. John Eckstein, McCain’s personal physician, declared him to be in excellent health. “I and my colleagues can find no medical reasons or problems that would preclude Sen. McCain from fulfilling all the duties and obligations of the president of the United States.”
Since 1993, McCain has had four skin cancers removed. McCain’s biggest health scare came in December 2000, when he was found to have a Stage 2 melanoma on his left cheek. The cancer was about as wide as a dime and a little thicker than a nickel. By today’s standards, his surgeons took an extremely aggressive approach, removing more than 30 lymph nodes even though a test showed the cancer had not spread. McCain’s surgeon, Dr. Michael Hinni, said they simply wanted to err on the side of caution.
McCain’s records might be an open book compared to Obama’s, but his campaign is a long way from full disclosure. They gave reporters three hours to look through the massive stack of paperwork, and didn’t allow pictures or photocopies.
CNN, now: “The new birthers: Debunking the Hillary Clinton health conspiracy.” And that’s just the headline; the rest of the article is exactly what you’d suspect—provided you fully understand that CNN and other liberal-media outlets aren’t objective, fair-minded news sources, they’re Democrat Socialist cheerleading squads. Their articles and op-eds aren’t sober, judicious reportage and analysis; they aren’t even debating-society meetups. They’re pep rallies.
Hey, they don’t call ’em the Clinton News Network for nothing, you know.