Sky News* declares of newly-released dramatic footage from John McCain's early captivity in Hanoi that

[t]he video portrays the Republican as a hero but the message may be tarnished as he is filmed smoking a cigarette.

Call me crazy but I think most people will forgive someone who's just been shot down over the jungle by communists in the late 1960s for setting an unhealthy example for our kids. 

* Correction: I initially attributed this report to the BBC and mocked them for it. Apologies to the Beeb, which I generally admire a lot. 

--Michael Crowley