Posted: 09/09/08 20:31, Edited: 09/09/08 20:31
by Dave Mindeman
Truly, this is unprecedented. Sarah Palin will not talk to any press. I imagine every politician in America would love to have this kind of protection from the media.
Yet another Associated Press reporter talks about it:
No Questions, Please; Palin Sticks to Her Script
Parts of this story are very strange:
More than 40 million people tuned in last week to listen to the speech from Palin, the 44-year-old first-term governor whom McCain announced as his surprise vice presidential pick just days before. Since then, that basic script is all anyone has heard from her publicly, and her only interaction with the media was a brief conversation with a small group of reporters on her plane Monday ? off the record at her handlers' insistence.
Off the record? Why?
What would they talk about? I guess nothing in particular....
Associated Press reporters were not on the plane, but an aide told the journalists on board that all Palin flights would be off the record unless the media were told otherwise. At least one reporter objected. Two people on the flight said the Palins greeted the media and they chatted about who had been to Alaska, but little else was said. (Emphasis mine)
Now, let's compare what Joe Biden is doing.
By comparison, her Democratic counterpart, Joe Biden, has been campaigning on his own for weeks, at times taking questions from audiences. He was interviewed on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday.
His campaign appearances have touched on a range of issues ? in Florida he talked about U.S. support for Israel, in Pennsylvania it was economics and tax policy.
Anybody taking bets on a Meet the Press appearance anytime in the near future for Governor Palin?
Even this one interview that has been agreed to with Charlie Gibson has "weirdness" all over it. It is an interview at her home over the course of two days. That is the type of interview Barbara Walters does....it is a celebrity photo shoot. It's fluff!
Since the convention, she and McCain have breezed through a Wisconsin ice cream shop, a New Mexico restaurant and a Missouri barbecue place, shaking hands with diners but not taking any questions. Photographers and television cameras have been allowed full view while reporters are typically ushered too far away to ask questions or hear most of the conversations.
Reporters intentionally placed out of earshot. Crazy.
And so the McCain campaign sharply criticizes the liberal media for spreading rumors and innuendo.... exactly what real information are they supplying?
But none of the candidates in this race has been so shielded from the media, so protected from any spontaneous situation, and Palin's unvarying remarks give the impression that she and her message are being tightly controlled. As before her convention speech, McCain's campaign is briefing Palin for her first TV interview.
Controlled message.... limited access to media.... protected from any spontaneous situation...hmmmmmmm
Sound like anyone we know?