If all we get are speeches, hand-selected crowds and staged interviews, we are being subjected not to a presidential campaign, but to a propaganda campaign. Our nation is being sold a bill of goods, and millions of Americans are showing themselves stupid enough to buy it.
It's been 24 days since Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was introduced to the nation as Sen. John McCain's choice to be a heartbeat away from leadership of the Free World. And though McCain reassures all skeptics that Palin -- who got her first passport two years ago -- is "absolutely" prepared to be president, the way campaign officials have protected her from her press corps does not necessarily suggest that they hold her ability to handle such a routine event -- a press conference -- in high regard.
The Washington Post editorialized yesterday about this, writing that "McCain's selection of an inexperienced and relatively unknown figure was unsettling, and the campaign's decision to keep her sequestered from serious interchanges with reporters and voters serves only to deepen the unease. Mr. McCain is entitled to choose the person he thinks would be best for the job. He is not entitled to keep the public from being able to make an informed assessment of that judgment. Ms. Palin's speech-making skills are impressive, but the more she repeats the same stump speech lines, the queasier we get. Nor have her answers to the gentle questioning she has encountered provided any confidence that Ms. Palin has a grasp of the issues."
McCain himself was once the most accessible presidential candidate in modern history; he once pledged to hold weekly news conferences if elected president. But he himself has gone 40 days without taking questions from his press corps, his last media availability having been on August 13 in Birmingham, Michigan.
Monday, September 22, 2008
McCain-Palin Media Avoidance Watch, Continued
This should be front page news at every media outlet, every day until this crap stops. But I guess a blog at ABC is better than nothing: