ST. PAUL (CNN) – The media attack animating this convention isn’t a new one – it goes back decades, to 1964. It was first heard at the Republican convention in San Francisco, when former President Dwight Eisenhower got up and criticized “sensation-seeking columnists and commentators.”
The roar from the crowd surprised even him. There was nearly a riot, as delegates shook their fists at the anchor boxes. From Goldwater on, press bashing has been a winning issue for Republican candidates courting the base.