Palin to Rival Bush’s Lack of Communication?

Perhaps one of the reasons people have tolerated George Bush’s bungling for so many years is that mainstream media seems to be OK with his refusal to talk to the American people.  His administration has been, by far, one of the most secretive in the history of the United States.  He’s often not even at the White House at all.  I’d assert that this works in his favor, and his advisors are providing good advice.  Listening to King George is downright painful, and much of what he says is truly an embarrassment to U.S. voters’ lack of judgment.

But what about the future regime?  It looks like we’re in for more of the same with McCain and Palin.  ThinkProgress reports in McCain Campaign Plans To Keep Palin Away From The Press:

The McCain campaign reportedly told the Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder not to expect any one-on-one interviews with Palin any time soon. Despite McCain’s pledge of transparency — even proposing a regular President’s question time with Congress modeled after the British version — he has been shutting off press access for months. Yesterday, a Time reporter explained that McCain bizarrely refused to answer his questions, “like he’d been body-snatched.”

Davis insisted that “there are no strings attached” to media access to McCain. Yet just this week, McCain abruptly canceled an interview with Larry King as punishment for a tough CNN interview with one of his spokesmen. What’s more, top McCain aide Mark Salter said that “only the good reporters” would get the best seats in the new campaign plane. “You have to earn it,” he said.

Davis told MSNBC that Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) “didn’t do a single interview until a week after his nomination,” but the assertion is false. Biden and Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) sat for an interview with 60 Minutes “just moments after” Obama left the stage at the Democratic convention.

Of course, the real problem here is that most American people will accept this.  They’ll vote with their stomachs, and there’s less to upset said organ if people like Palin keeps her mouth shut.


1 Comment

  1. bugpowder said,

    September 10, 2008 at 10:06 am

    Your story on Palin and the press was picked up by the Diane Rehm Show on NPR. On the drive to work this morning (sorry if that is a confusing concept), I heard the panel discuss the lack of media access to Palin. Point: she just got thrown into a presidential election and has to be prepared to face direct questions, as media manipulation is key to politics. Counter-Point: Yes, she could use a few weeks to prepare, but the election is only about seven weeks away and the voting public deserves to hear some answers before it’s too late.

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