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August 3, 2010

SHARRON ANGLE SAID WHAT?.... Sharron Angle (R), the extremist Senate candidate in Nevada, has a habit of saying some pretty remarkable things, including vague advocacy of the violent overthrow of the United States government.

In recent weeks, under strict orders, Angle has tried to improve her public image and make fewer crazy remarks, in part by avoiding the media. Confronted by reporters anxious to press the Senate hopeful on her own comments, Angle has even taken to literally fleeing from journalists.

And yet, the year's nuttiest statewide candidate continues to surprise. Over the weekend, Angle sat down with Fox News' Carl Cameron, who noted her tendency to avoid reporters' scrutiny. Angle replied, "We needed to have the press be our friend."

When Cameron said that "sounds lame," the right-wing candidate replied, "Well, no, no, we wanted [journalists] to ask the questions we want to answer so that they report the news the way we want it to be reported. And when I get on a show and I say send me money to SharronAngle.com, so that your listeners will know that if they want to support me they need to go to SharronAngle.com."

Angle recently conceded she only wants to talk to media that will let her beg for cash on the air, and notice that Fox News didn't edit out her shameless plug.

But that's clearly not the interesting part here. Sharron Angle said, on the record and on camera, that her campaign's media strategy is built around the notion of manipulating news organizations, getting the questions Angle wants, so she can give the answers she wants, so the public will hear the news the way Angle wants it to be heard.

I expect Angle to say insane things, but this is truly remarkable. I'm trying to imagine what the response on the right would be if President Obama said he needs independent news organizations to be his "friend," which is why he demands that reporters ask the questions he wants to answer "so that they report the news the way we want it to be reported."

Even Fox News noted that Angle was "too honest" with her remarks. National Review added, "Did She Just Say That Out Loud?"

I'll look forward to conservatives' defense of this. They're a creative bunch, and I can hardly wait to see what they come up with.

Steve Benen 10:35 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (50)

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"I'll look forward to conservatives' defense of this."

IOKIYAR?

Posted by: cb on August 3, 2010 at 10:36 AM | PERMALINK

"I'll look forward to conservatives' defense of this. They're a creative bunch, and I can hardly wait to see what they come up with."

Don't worry, they'll think of something.

Posted by: Patrick Star on August 3, 2010 at 10:37 AM | PERMALINK

It was like when you were a kid, and you had a wacky Aunt who said all kinds of crazy shit, and you kind of liked that.
Then your Mom tells you when you were older that she's just a drunk.
Maybe that's all Angle is, is a drunk.

Posted by: c u n d gulag on August 3, 2010 at 10:38 AM | PERMALINK

Sounds like she's been consulting with the Barracuda.

Posted by: LeeM on August 3, 2010 at 10:38 AM | PERMALINK

The conservative's defense of this will be that Democrats always get this kind of treatment from the liberal media, so why shouldn't Republicans?

It's a lie, of course, but I'm sure that'll be their line.

Posted by: Ralph Kramden on August 3, 2010 at 10:39 AM | PERMALINK

Hey look, I was right!

Mellisa Clouthier at Liberty Pundits:
"Carl Cameron thinks Sharron Angle is naive. I think Sharron Angle thinks like a Democrat: Expect good media coverage, tell the media what you want to talk about, and by golly! expect friendly coverage!"

Posted by: Ralph Kramden on August 3, 2010 at 10:42 AM | PERMALINK

I'll look forward to conservatives' defense of this. They're a creative bunch, and I can hardly wait to see what they come up with.

I doubt very much that they'll be compelled to defend this at all.

Posted by: Gaia on August 3, 2010 at 10:45 AM | PERMALINK

Friendly Fascism was originally published in 1980. It is a very good contextual read even today.

Sharon Angle is the personification of Friendly Fascism! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on August 3, 2010 at 10:47 AM | PERMALINK

She may be crazy but that remark, at least, was disarmingly honest. She voiced the desires of every politician in regard to the media.

Posted by: Peter G on August 3, 2010 at 10:49 AM | PERMALINK

Conservatives' defense? Let's see . . .

"She was misquoted."

"It's time to move on."

"Leave it to the Democrat Party to condemn candor. What hypocrites!"

Posted by: Jerry Elsea on August 3, 2010 at 10:51 AM | PERMALINK

Is she a little slow?

Anyone have any of her transcripts from school?

Does she even know what a Senator does? Does she know how many Senators there are?

Posted by: mikefromArlington on August 3, 2010 at 10:56 AM | PERMALINK

Angle recently conceded she only wants to talk to media that will let her beg for cash on the air, and notice that Fox News didn't edit out her shameless plug.

This suggests two things to me:

* Fox News does not want Sharron Angle to win.
* Fox News DOES want Republican candidates who are slightly more "media savvy" than Angle to realize that they can come on the air at Fox and beg viewers for donations during their softball interviews.

Fox News is well known for being a place Republicans can go to get a softball interview, but some campaign managers might have thought that making subtle (or not so subtle) pitches for donations during the interviews might just cross a line. Fox wants to make sure they all know that there's no line there, and if you want to come and make a pitch by all means do it!

Posted by: NonyNony on August 3, 2010 at 10:57 AM | PERMALINK

Sharron, more like this, please! Maybe:

"It's true, we Republicans are practicing obstructionism, so the economy will get worse and we'll do well in the mid-terms."


"We're betting people will forget that the economy cratered under Bush."

"Our secret is getting middle-class people to vote against their interests by appealing to rascist tendencies."

Posted by: Jose Padilla on August 3, 2010 at 11:11 AM | PERMALINK

I'd never vote for Angle, but... I have to say, she's appealing, in her own way. Can't help saying what she really thinks, what she really wants.

Posted by: MattF on August 3, 2010 at 11:13 AM | PERMALINK

"I'm trying to imagine what the response on the right would be if President Obama said he needs independent news organizations to be his "friend,"

They've already taken care of that, Steve. Rush ran an audio of Obama on the View; when asked if he had an attack dog to defend him, he said "That's your job!"

Rush, of course, was apoplectic. . .

As for Angle's idea of 'the news', she once saw another Sharon- Sharon Stone- on the TeeVee, plugging a movie, and she thought that was how it was done.

Posted by: DAY on August 3, 2010 at 11:14 AM | PERMALINK

I'd never vote for Angle, but... I have to say, she's appealing, in her own way. Can't help saying what she really thinks, what she really wants.

Posted by: MattF on August 3, 2010 at 11:13 AM | PERMALINK

Come to NYC. People will tell you what they really think at the drop of a hat. You get the empty thrill of listening to someone who isnt ashamed to spew out utter and controversial nonsense, without having to vote them in a position of power where they can jeapordize your future with their wacky world view.

Posted by: Mick on August 3, 2010 at 11:26 AM | PERMALINK

Conservative response? "Keep moving. Nothing to see here. Move along now."

There. All done now.

Posted by: Cugel on August 3, 2010 at 11:36 AM | PERMALINK

There is nothing to defend, they really think, and believe this way.
The problem with the society, as the Authoritarian mind sees it, is that we just won't DO what the Right tells us to do.
It is that simple, because they are that simple.

http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~altemey/

Posted by: Al B Tross on August 3, 2010 at 11:38 AM | PERMALINK

Ms. Angle's problem is that voters not only want to hear from her, but want to make sure she hears from them. With an attitude like that, I'm sure she doesn't give a flying fuck about anything but herself.

Posted by: Marko on August 3, 2010 at 11:44 AM | PERMALINK

Didn't you write an almost identical blog post two weeks ago, the last time Sharron Angle promoted her website on Fox and CBN?

Posted by: SecularAnimist on August 3, 2010 at 11:49 AM | PERMALINK

Angle said it because she sincerely believes there's nothing wrong with this. And conservative commentators also complain only that she came out and said it, not that she believes it.

Posted by: Jon on August 3, 2010 at 11:57 AM | PERMALINK

Sharron Angle is a Cockatoo. She has just repeated verbatim, the bullets from a strategy memo as if it were a talking points memo.

If the Dems have to lose the Senate in the mid-terms, for sure, I want this person in the Upper House, on the Senate Intelligence Committee, protecting the nations secrets.

Posted by: bcinaz on August 3, 2010 at 11:58 AM | PERMALINK

The real question that hasn't been answered and is far more important than what she said:

How much did she take in donations after that bit ?

That shameless hack is only a couple points from outing the Senate Majority Leader.

This post is assuming that republicans give a flying fuck about anything but power.

Posted by: ScottW714 on August 3, 2010 at 12:03 PM | PERMALINK

Why would Republicans need to defend Angle's comments? Why does Angle have to defend her own comments herself? To defend those comments would leave the impression that they see something wrong with the comments. Until/unless the media AND the voters en masse call this kind of BS for the BS it is, as far as they're concerned, it's not BS.

Unless a Democrat does it.

Seriously, they've become so accustomed to their base swallowing whatever they feed 'em, hook line and sinker, that they've reached a point where they can go on a faux news organization and essentially say "we want to control the media - what we're asked and how we sound when we respond - so you'll give us money. Now, give us money."

Posted by: slappy magoo on August 3, 2010 at 12:10 PM | PERMALINK

She may be crazy but that remark, at least, was disarmingly honest. She voiced the desires of every politician in regard to the media.

Honesty and the truth are always unwelcome in public political discussions. Angle obviously thought she was in such friendly circumstances that could repeat what some frustrated handler had to tell her. Aside from being batshit crazy the woman is obviously an outsized twit well beyond her depth. There's no way she won't entertain us no matter how hard the handlers try. The problem is that Nevada voters won't care. They'll vote for her anyway.

Posted by: rrk1 on August 3, 2010 at 12:19 PM | PERMALINK

Angle also believes that No Child Left Behind was something dreamed up by the Education Department and not a Bush administration policy. She cites the horror of it as a reason to do away with the dept.

And how do Nevadans feel about her appealing for campaign funds nationally when she's supposed to be the senator from Nevada? It certainly wouldn't give me confidence that she was going to work hard for the state. And isn't not "doing enough" for Nevada one of the things she criticizes Reid for?

I really didn't believe that things could get crazier after Bush. Unfortunately, I appear to have misjudged my fellow Americans.

Posted by: karen marie on August 3, 2010 at 12:25 PM | PERMALINK

Conservatives' defense?

"It works."

Posted by: Yokel on August 3, 2010 at 12:39 PM | PERMALINK

"Well, no, no, we wanted [journalists] to ask the questions we want to answer so that they report the news the way we want it to be reported."

Stalin and Goebbels would have positively swooned over this creature. Is she even aware what decade, or even what country, she's living in?

Posted by: electrolite on August 3, 2010 at 12:42 PM | PERMALINK

Ah, totalitarianism. Interesting.

Perhaps Politico should do a poll to find out if Ms. Angle's desire to control the media is too extreme? Perhaps the Wall Street Journal could chime in on their editorial page as well.

Posted by: eric72 on August 3, 2010 at 1:04 PM | PERMALINK

at least she's honest about it, although i'm surprised she left out the part about handing the interveiw the questions thay would answer...but i wonder which media she's talking about...i seem to remember one that was much more interested in being friends with w than with gore....

Posted by: dj spellchecka on August 3, 2010 at 1:05 PM | PERMALINK

Fleshing out IOKIYAR -

Rethug defense:

"Sharron Angle did not say that."

Response: " Let's role the tape."

Rethug defense:

"Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?"

Posted by: robert on August 3, 2010 at 1:19 PM | PERMALINK

"I'll look forward to conservatives' defense of this. They're a creative bunch, and I can hardly wait to see what they come up with."

I'll put my bet on the old "liberal media! liberal media!" hogwash.

Posted by: Gregory on August 3, 2010 at 1:23 PM | PERMALINK

I still think that one of the problems that the tea baggers and newbie Repo candidates have is that they repeat what is actually discussed by party leaders and strategists behind closed doors - not realizing that they are not what normal people think and say and often a not very nice things to think and say.

Put the other way around. Just listen to what the dunderhead rabble are saying an that is what the Republican party is really planning.

Now if the Democrats would just figure that out and then protect themselves and the rest of us from it, at least we would be planing on a mostly even field.

I love hearing St. Palin, Angle, Any Paul, they are the soul of the Republican party and they are telling us exactly what is in their souls being planed against the rest of us.

Posted by: Marnie on August 3, 2010 at 1:33 PM | PERMALINK

Are you serious? How does this differ from Obama's one - two?- press conferences, with predetermined questions from his media sycophants, and no follow up questions? The only difference is that Obama doesn't need to manipulate the media - they all operate as the house organs of the administration. Nice try though.

Posted by: Carol on August 3, 2010 at 1:39 PM | PERMALINK

It's occurred to me several times recently that a friendly venue is almost more problematic to a public figure then a confrontational one. Sure nobody there is out to get you and nobody asks you the questions that you don't want to answer, but it also makes you too comfortable... and thus to say something REALLY dumb.

Posted by: Bill on August 3, 2010 at 1:53 PM | PERMALINK

Dregs

In the past, Republicans were smart enough NOT to be honest about their motivations. They would have blathered on, in poll-tested phrases, about "trying to avoid the liberal bias of CBS etc" or "your right as Americans to know the truth" or any other bull-doodoo that plucked the right strings and switched listeners' brains from analytic to patriot mode.

It's a measure of how the Republican Party is scraping the dregs of its candidate base that we're seeing dodos like Angle, Gohmert and the rest of the Texas delegation, deMint, the lesser Paul, Bush the Lesser, etc. Too stupid to know that we don't say things like that in polite society. Too arrogant to realize the shills - via the miracles of audio and video recording - will not be happy about what they've heard.

Posted by: Zandru on August 3, 2010 at 2:00 PM | PERMALINK

How about this one? "The interviewer asked her a 'gotcha' question! He's mean, evil, bad and nasty, just like Katie Couric."

Posted by: T-Rex on August 3, 2010 at 3:17 PM | PERMALINK

Wow. I didn't know Angles was an "extremist candidate!"

Thanks for telling me that! I might have got the wrong idea just looking at her platform and sizing up her ability to follow through on her campaign promises.

Why waste my time now! You told me she was an "extremist candidate" and now I don't have to think for myself. Forever grateful, Jelly Mold.

Posted by: Logic and reason on August 3, 2010 at 3:21 PM | PERMALINK

Oh yeah, before I forget. Anita Dunn, Obama's campaign manager, said the exact same thing during a debrief after Obama won. I am not making that up. Dunn said:

"Very rarely did we communicate with the press anything that we did not absolutely control."

Just google Anit Dunn and ""We Controlled Our Campaign Message During 2008 Election, Not The Press!!"

Yeah, maybe that is how it works and Angle was just being honest. *shrug*

Posted by: Logic and reason on August 3, 2010 at 3:27 PM | PERMALINK

"I'm trying to imagine what the response on the right would be if President Obama said he needs independent news organizations to be his "friend," which is why he demands that reporters ask the questions he wants to answer "so that they report the news the way we want it to be reported."

You're making a joke....right ?

Posted by: NeoKong on August 3, 2010 at 3:54 PM | PERMALINK

I'll look forward to conservatives' defense of this. They're a creative bunch, and I can hardly wait to see what they come up with.

This is just another example of the liberal media and their gotcha journalism, trying to make a real American look bad.

Posted by: josef on August 3, 2010 at 4:01 PM | PERMALINK

So sorry I seemed to have forgotten the obligatory, "scary, EVIL republicans" that appears to be a prerequisite for your usual posters. I do apologize.

Ooohhhh, scary, evil, extremist republicans!!! Bad Republican totalitarians!

Posted by: Logic and reason on August 3, 2010 at 4:11 PM | PERMALINK

Ooohhhh, scary, evil, extremist republicans!!! Bad Republican totalitarians

Hey, if the swastika fits, wear it.

Posted by: G.Kerby on August 3, 2010 at 5:01 PM | PERMALINK

Republicans scawre me. Mommy!

Posted by: logic and reason on August 3, 2010 at 5:12 PM | PERMALINK

WTF are you idiots babbling about? This loon just admitted that she would only answer questions that she wanted asked, that the press was to her just a free political ad for her to use. And some of you are saying the press is defaming her, or that the reaction to this candidate is because we are afraid of her?

Get over yourserlves, this woman is nuttier than a Snickers bar, end of story.

Posted by: william on August 3, 2010 at 7:51 PM | PERMALINK

So she wants to control her media message? And this is unlike the democrats' approach in what way?

Well I suppose there IS the difference that the MSM won't run interference for her and cover up any embarrassing associations, if not outright crimes.

You liberal infants are entertaining, in a depressing sort of way.

Posted by: alanstorm on August 3, 2010 at 10:01 PM | PERMALINK

"I expect Angle to say insane things" and you look forward to the defense of it? She spoke the truth goober. To you I'm sure that is insane.
Not that Harry would every try to manipulate coverage. They're bought and paid for. He doesn't have to.
Racism is just one chapter in the book of the elite my friend. As you look over all you survey know that kings don't fare well here.
Angle qualified? Probably not. Can she do it better than Reid? As long as she remains conscious but who cares? She's sub human to you. That's all that matters. Beneath you. No better than any of those other dirty love life baggers.

Posted by: Whisky Tango on August 4, 2010 at 1:20 PM | PERMALINK

She won't talk to the press unless they ask questions she wants to answer so they report the way she wants them to. MMmmm. sound like the Bush White House. She also doesn't think it's her job to bring jobs back to her home state. I'd like somebody to ask her exactly what she thinks her duties in the Senate will be. If it isn't to work on behalf of her state and she won't he held accountable by the press, and government is a really bad problem, according to Angle, then why in the hell does she want people to vote for her? Does she think that the way the GOP is behaving in the Senate is correct? Does she think that like the GOP Senators today that she won't have to do anything but say NO and we'll pay her a very large salary to remain in the Senate just saying NO? The woman is a bloody idiot.

Posted by: Debbie on August 4, 2010 at 1:31 PM | PERMALINK

Anita Dunn "We Controlled Our Campaign Message During 2008 Election, Not The Press!!"

I double dare you to google that and watch it. You might learn something.

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