It seems that a correspondent and a couple of political hacks didn't notice that the microphone was live. TPM reports, and recorded, the tale.

What was said was interesting - roughly a thousand times as interesting as what the same people were saying when they thought the mic was on - because they weren't lying, I suppose. The obvious deduction, that political coverage is so crappy because everybody is always lying - political analysts, supposed reporters - and of course the pols. Maybe people would watch that garbage if just a few people, say just the reporters, would stop lying for ten minutes of each hour.

Excerpt from TPM's transcript: (PN = Peggy Noonan, Rep hack/analyst; CT = Chuck Todd, network person; MM = Mike Murphy, hack, former McC campaign guy)

CT: I also think the Palin pick is insulting to Kay Bailey Hutchinson, too.

PN: Saw Kay this morning.

CT: Yeah, she's never looked comfortable about this --

MM: They're all bummed out.

CT: Yeah, I mean is she really the most qualified woman they could have turned to?

PN: The most qualified? No! I think they went for this -- excuse me-- political bullshit about narratives --

CT: Yeah they went to a narrative.

MM: I totally agree.

PN: Every time the Republicans do that, because that's not where they live and it's not what they're good at, they blow it.

MM: You know what's really the worst thing about it? The greatness of McCain is no cynicism, and this is cynical.

CT: This is cynical, and as you called it, gimmicky.

MM: Yeah.


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