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Palin Interview Watch: Still Being Shielded

Category: Sarah Palin
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?

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Palin Interview Watch: No Palin But We Have a Truth Squad!

Category: Sarah Palin
Posted: 09/09/08 18:31

by Dave Mindeman

As we continue to wait on Sarah Palin's first foray into a non-sequestered media setting, the McCain campaign feels compelled to put together a "truth squad". This seems to be GOP women all across the country who will counter those dastardly liberal rumors.


It would seem to me that a much simpler solution to all this would be for Sarah Palin to address the press herself. But then that would probably eliminate a talking point they wish to pursue....

Sarah Palin, the victim.

This is getting absurd. But it should be fun to hear Michele Bachmann and Laura Brod represent Minnesota on this "truth" gang. Especially when their version of truth has such a wide and varied context.
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Palin Interview Watch: Policy Facts (YES)... Tabloid Rumor (No)

Category: Sarah Palin
Posted: 09/09/08 15:21

by Dave Mindeman

As the process of examining Sarah Palin's record continues, it does get a little uncomfortable to watch the rabid stream of rumor and innuendo filtering through the blogs and tabloids.

I have been trying very hard to look at all of this from a policy perspective. And even a few the things I have written in past posts, unintentionally, could be misconstrued as borderline sexist. It is important that we avoid that...because it could negate some important differences in policy arguments that are definitely there.

Rumors about her family have been largely false. Although there is an element of hypocrisy in the "family values" personna that some have placed on her (and that she embraces), it is largely unimportant in the larger picture.

I have tried to concentrate on her policy problems and the manufactured "reformer" label that McCain wants to portray.

Her record as Mayor of Wasilla.... her double edged relationship with the oil companies.....her "Bridge to Nowhere" statments...the environmental record...and her expenses as Governor of Alaska; these are the things that are relevant.

These are the issues that tell us what we need to know. There is no question that (truthful) tabloid revelations would be detrimental to the McCain campaign (things like that have brought down others); but the issue differences are what we need to be concerned about, in order for the electorate to make an informed decision.

This other stuff is a distraction and makes it harder to get at the policy truth.

The fact that Governor Palin is a woman should not make her more of a target.....and nor, should it shield her from the normal scrutiny of a presidential campaign.
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