MEDIA VETTING IS ‘COMPLETELY FAIR’…. A variety of McCain campaign surrogates stepped up today to lambaste the press for trying to “demean and belittle and demonize” Sarah Palin.

Unfortunately for the surrogates, the talking points didn’t reach Meg Whitman, McCain’s national campaign co-chair and the former CEO of e-Bay.

Fox News’ Chris Wallace, responding to McCain campaign charges, asked Whitman, “Is it fair to call it ‘sexism’? I mean, sometimes there are legitimate questions.” Whitman responded, “I actually think it’s completely fair for the media to vet Sarah Palin, just as they did Barack Obama and John McCain and everyone else who’s running for office. I mean, you are running for the second highest office in the land, so I think it’s the right thing to do.”

Wallace followed up, asking about possible sexism in the reaction to Palin’s candidacy. “I wouldn’t say there really has” been sexism, Whitman replied.

Here’s hoping the rest of the McCain campaign takes what Whitman has to say seriously.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.