It turns out that Sen. McCain was not only nowhere near the so-called soundproof "cone of silence", he wasn't even at the event when it began at 8 PM and Rick Warren made his statement to the contrary.
"At the beginning of the forum at California megachurch, Warren told the crowd and TV audience, 'I'm going to ask identical questions to each of these candidates, so you can compare apples to apples. Now, Senator Obama is going to go first. We flipped a coin, and we have safely placed Senator McCain in a cone of silence.'
But at 8 p.m. ET, as Warren said that, McCain was actually not in the building. He was just leaving his hotel, with his motorcade arriving at the church nearly a half hour into the event. A. Larry Ross, a spokesman for Warren, says McCain then went directly into the holding room they dubbed the “cone of silence” (in reality, a room with no TV or audio)."
A right-wing hatchet job. What a surprise!
Oh, and what does Warren have to say about all this? That while, yes, McCain wasn't where he said he was, critics are attacking the integrity of the Secret Service. WTF?!!