Last night, in the face of trying to be spun by McCain campaign spokesperson Tucker Bounds, CNN’s Campbell Brown did something incredibly out-of-the-ordinary for today’s journalists: she called him on his rank bullshit. (This clip is really worth seeing.)

After that, in what shouldn’t be as shocking to me as it is, McCain decided that this was punishment-worthy behavior and backed out of an interview on Larry King Live tonight. The campaign’s official statement was:

After a relentless refusal by certain on-air reporters to come to terms with John McCain’s selection of Alaska’s sitting governor as our party’s nominee for vice president, we decided John McCain’s time would be better served elsewhere.