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FOX’s Mort Kondracke Raises Concerns About McCain’s Cancer
Posted on October 7th, 2008 by ZP Heller -

Looks like we’re not the only ones concerned about McCain’s health records being released.  On The Beltway Boys, FOX’s Mort Kondracke conveyed his apprehension regarding the possible recurrence of McCain’s melanoma.  Kondracke told Fred Barnes that he wouldn’t be satisfied if someone as unqualified as Sarah Palin had to take over because McCain’s cancer had returned, and he said the American people shouldn’t be either.

I wonder if Kondracke saw Brave New PAC’s ad or read the open letter signed by over 2,800 doctors, urging McCain to provide full disclosure of his medical records.  Probably not, considering Kondracke’s FOX crony Bill O’Reilly bitterly objected to the ad, and CNN and MSNBC refused to run it on hypocritical grounds.

But it doesn’t matter, since the movement surrounding the corporate media’s censorship of the Brave New PAC ad has been big enough for people like Kondracke to take notice from all the way down at the other end of the political spectrum.  Maybe Kondracke saw Meet the Bloggers last Friday, in which Dr. Richard Sagebiel, co-director of the UCSF Melanoma Clinic, explained the dangers of McCain not releasing his medical records in full.  Maybe he saw Brave New PAC’s full-page ad in Friday’s NY Times or Frank Rich’s column on Sunday.  Or maybe Kondracke just saw the non-partisan actuarial math circulated by the Associated Press, which revealed McCain stands a 25 percent chance of dying in office.

As Dr. Sanjay Gupta told Sam Stein on The Huffington Post — another piece that drew from the Brave New PAC ad censorship — that math unfortunately likens McCain to Senator Paul Tsongas, who would have died in office if he’d been elected to a second term.  Shouldn’t McCain heed Tsongas’s call requiring candidates to provide full disclosure of their medical records?

Shouldn’t a candidate come clean to the public about his health history, especially when that candidate has a history of invasive melanoma?  We think so, and FOX’s Kondracke does too.

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