Post Plays Up McCain-Closing-The-Gap Theory

From the Washington City Paper blog City Desk

Today, in the Post’s Trail blog, we get McCain Camp bigwig Rick Davis declaring that his candidate is set to achieve one of the greatest comebacks in election history. Coates calls BS. And we second that assessment. The story is all conjecture, theory, and truth stretching. Not a bit of evidence is cited. I know it’s just a dashed off item but it’s lazy.

Since when do news orgs just let the spin go unchecked? All the time?

Here’s the first two graphs:

“GOP presidential nominee John McCain’s advisers today said their candidate had closed the gap with Barack Obama over the past few days and would be competitive with the Democrat as voters headed to the polls Tuesday.

‘We are witnessing, I believe, probably one of the greatest comebacks that you’ve seen since John McCain won the primary,’ his campaign manager, Rick Davis, said in a conference call with reporters, adding that when it came to the electoral votes needed for victory, ‘We believe, with the combination of our base states and the states we’ve been able to put into play this week, we can achieve 270.’”

There’s no factcheck that follows.

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