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October 27, 2008

A MOCKERY OF THE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS.... Earlier this month, reporters were told they could attend a Sarah Palin rally, but all journalists would be prohibited from talking to voters who attended the event. A week later, Palin aides told an NBC affiliate in Maine that she's willing to be part of an interview, but only if the McCain campaign could choose the reporter asking the questions.

Taking this bizarre attitude one step further, Palin offered a CBS affiliate in Des Moines five minutes for an interview. Reporter Cynthia Fodor explained the catch: "[W]e had to submit which topics we wanted to discuss ahead of time which is not standard procedure."

Think about that for a second -- Sarah Palin was afraid she couldn't get through a five-minute interview with a local television station without getting a few hints first.

Her excuses are running a little thin at this point. She's been a candidate for national office for two months, and in eight days, Palin wants voters to put her a heartbeat from the presidency. Her fear of questions is not exactly reassuring.

For what it's worth, the station agreed to Palin's demands and gave her the topics in advance. Not surprisingly, the interview was dull, and featured Palin rattling off a series of talking points.

I can't help but wonder what would have happened if Fodor had shown up for the interview and asked questions about different topics. Would Palin have gotten up and left?

Steve Benen 1:25 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (16)

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"I can't help but wonder what would have happened if Fodor had shown up for the interview and asked questions about different topics. Would Palin have gotten up and left?"
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I would suggest this tact, however, in the instance that Palin would become the VP there would likely be hell to pay for such a stunt given Palin's vengeful history and knack for abusing her authority.

Posted by: TBone on October 27, 2008 at 1:33 PM | PERMALINK

How many ordinary Americans get the opportunity of knowing all the questions before their job interview?

Palin wants the press (and the voters) to vet her like McCain and the boys vetted her -- NOT!

Can we just get this over with?

Posted by: lou on October 27, 2008 at 1:52 PM | PERMALINK

what i dont understand is this. what are the odds that something would go so wrong in a 5-minute interview with grateful local media that would be any worse for Palin than having Fodor preface the story with "she made us coddle her in ways that are against our normal procedures"? How much more blatent can it get without Fodor saying "ignore what follows, the interviewee is dumber than a box of rocks"?

Posted by: zeitgeist on October 27, 2008 at 1:58 PM | PERMALINK

Think about that for a second -- Sarah Palin was afraid she couldn't get through a five-minute interview with a local television station without getting a few hints first.

To be fair, maybe Palin saw the interview that Biden did with WFTV in Florida and was afraid of being asked equally stupid questions.

Posted by: Mnemosyne on October 27, 2008 at 2:08 PM | PERMALINK

Once she's president, she won't have to answer any questions, from anyone, you betcha. Why should she answer them now, also? Especially when people asking the questions are the gotcha media in some fake, anti-American place like Iowa?

Posted by: exlibra on October 27, 2008 at 2:13 PM | PERMALINK

Frankly, I think the bigger story is the CBS station throws overboard its normal interview procedures to grovel for a five-minute interview when Iowa is a state that's not even close to a swing state.

Posted by: SocraticGadfly on October 27, 2008 at 2:25 PM | PERMALINK

Hey, I just heard something about Barack Obama being an Arab Muslim terrorist with socialist tendencies who hates the troops and voted to raise taxes 197 million times while never holding a subcommittee meeting who'd nationalize health care and surrender to bin Laden in exchange for training black youth to conspire to overthrow the government in cooperation with satan to get a better house in an area where low taxes have resulted in tons and tons of jobs created by small businesses. Oh, and he's sexist and racist.

Posted by: TBone on October 27, 2008 at 2:44 PM | PERMALINK

Another example of mockery: During her five-minute availability with Alaska press following the release of the Troopergate report, Palin allowed no follow-up questions. Also, the five-minute availability was only five minutes long. For the hometown press. Late on a Saturday (so only three outlets called in).

Posted by: Grumpy on October 27, 2008 at 2:51 PM | PERMALINK

Next time she's going to ask for the answers in advance too.

If America wants this total piece of crap in the Naval Observatory (or White House), I want out.

And screw you, so-called-liberal-media for putting up with this pile of bull fecal matter. You are part of the problem.

Can someone wake me after election day? I don't think I have the stomach for the lows we're going to hit this week.

Posted by: short fuse on October 27, 2008 at 3:09 PM | PERMALINK

in the instance that Palin would become the VP there would likely be hell to pay for such a stunt given Palin's vengeful history and knack for abusing her authority.

Posted by: TBone on October 27, 2008 at 1:33 PM

Ladies and gentlemen, presenting Sarah Palin running roughshod through Des Moines in "Attack Of The 50-Foot Veep"! (Thankfully, merely a right-wing wet dream.)

Posted by: Vincent on October 27, 2008 at 3:25 PM | PERMALINK

TBone: You forgot BABBY-MURDERER

Posted by: kris on October 27, 2008 at 4:58 PM | PERMALINK

in the meantime fred barnes is still sippin' the alaskan kool-ade...

this is from today... i subscribed to the weekly standard newsletter for a good laugh each monday... and freddie comes thru... dig this....

"In judging Palin, it comes down to who is more credible. Is it those who've worked with her, or know her, or have at least met and talked with her? Or those who haven't? The answer is a no-brainer.

Okay, I may be biased on the subject of Palin, having been impressed after spending nearly two hours with her on one occasion and an hour on another.

My advice is ignore the critics who know far less about Palin than she does about foreign policy. A good example is Ken Adelman, who headed the arms control agency in the Reagan administration.

Adelman recently endorsed Obama and said he "would not have hired [Palin] for even a mid-level post in the arms control agency."

Well, I know both Palin and Adelman. And Ken, I'm sorry to tell you, but I think there are an awful lot of jobs in Washington that Palin would get before you."

wtf????

the jokes write themselves.....

spellchecka

Posted by: dj spellchecka on October 27, 2008 at 5:12 PM | PERMALINK

Add that to her assistant calling a blogger to tell them to 'Stop blogging!' and we begin to see that of all the things Sarah Palin does not understand, the US Constitution ranks at the top of the list.

Posted by: John Henry on October 27, 2008 at 5:17 PM | PERMALINK

Finally! A policy position on which they are consistent!

Still, they do seem to be taking this "no talking without preconditions" thing to an extreme...

Posted by: biggerbox on October 27, 2008 at 5:40 PM | PERMALINK

Hm. You know, if we had more than a handful of journalists with much in the way of self-respect, they'd be writing stories like, "Washington, DC -- Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (R) once again refused to answer questions from anyone her team hadn't personally programmed before the event. This follows on the heels of her refusal to cooperate with the Alaska legislature's investigation into Troopergate, her strikingly ill-informed description of the report's description of her role, and her inability to connect more than five words in a sentence without reading them off a teleprompter."

Of course, that assumes we've got any reporters left who aren't afraid of being bad-mouthed by Steve Schmidt.

We don't, do we...

Posted by: Chris on October 27, 2008 at 6:14 PM | PERMALINK

I believe at the end of last week, Palin was quoted as saying that reporters were welcome to talk to the people at her rallies. Wow. I guess that was short-lived.

Posted by: g on October 27, 2008 at 9:29 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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