And in the precess lied repeatedly, "the call was so rife with simple, often inexplicable misstatements of fact that it may have had the opposite effect: to deepen the perception, dangerous to McCain, that he and his aides have little regard for factual accuracy."
Saying Schmidt 'jumped the shark' on the call, Joe Klein sees a different agenda,
...it should be remembered that Steve Schmidt is doing this for two (nefarious) reasons:
1. he's hoping to work the refs: if he complains enough about press bias, we mainstream sorts will cower, cringe and try to seek false equivalences between the two campaigns.
2. the more time we spend covering this nonsense, the less we'll spend on the real issues in this campaign.