Betsy Fischer, the executive producer of Meet the Press, just Tweeted that Rand Paul is trying to cancel his appearance on the show this Sunday.GOP better tread lightly here. If they complain too loudly about the Sunday shows being the mean old liberal media out to get lily white pure Rand Paul, they really are going to piss off the Village. You don't tug on Superman's cape, you don't spit into the wind, you don't pull the mask off the ol' Lone Ranger and you don't cancel on Meet The Press. Only Louis Farrakhan and Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia have ever done that, and certainly no US politician running for Senate has ever told MTP to go screw themselves.
I just reached Fischer, and she tells me Paul's camp asked to cancel because "he's had a long week."
"He committed to coming on on Wednesday," Fischer tells me. "We got an email from his press secretary this afternoon saying that he wanted to cancel."
Fischer adds that the Meet crew asked to talk directly to Paul himself to ask him to reconsider, but he has yet to call back. "We're still waiting," she says.
Asked what reason the Paul camp gave for canceling, Fischer says the Meet crew was told "that he's had a long week, he's tired, and he's very sorry and he needs to cancel."
If the Republicans decide to back Paul here and go after MTP, the GOP leadership is going to be in real trouble. But if they don't take Rand Paul's side against the LIBERAL MEDIA SMEAR MACHINE!!!11! then the GOP leadership is also going to be in a lot of trouble.
Who do they fear more? My guess is the Teabaggers, so look for the usual wingers to throw NBC under the bus for picking on mean ol' Rand, just like they did with Katie Couric and Sarah Palin.
And we know how that turned out...
[UPDATE] John Cole wins the internetz with 'I Rand, I Rand So Far Away".