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Monday, November 3, 2008

Palin Just Says No to the Media Elite!

posted by on November 3 at 10:33 AM

This time Palin stands up FOX News—yes, FOX News.

And the media elite rolls right over—again. “Regardless of” Palin ducking a scheduled interview at the last minute, the FOX News anchor says, “we will still bring you the Palin event live when she starts speaking.”

With just 24 hours left in this campaign, it’s probably a little late for the media to grow a fucking set, but… grow a fucking set already. FOX News, CNN, MSNCB, NYT, WSJ, AP, Washington Post, et al: Refusing to cover campaign events—refusing to provide airtime and print—is the only leverage you have over national politicians who attempt to evade necessary media scrutiny and duck tough questions. She’s not obligated—obviously—to answer questions. But you are not obligated to “bring [us] the Plain event live” either. The McCain/Palin campaign, like all other national political campaigns, desperately wants you to cover their campaign events—it’s the reason they have campaign event and rallies at all. When you cover campaign rallies featuring politicians who won’t make themselves available to you, when you cover campaign events featuring politicians who don’t answer questions or hold press conferences, you’re not covering the campaign. You’re airing campaign commercials.

UPDATE: Good point, Think Progress:

Palin even had time this weekend for a seven-minute phone conversation with comedians posing as French president Nicholas Sarkozy. But when it comes to finding ten minutes to meet with someone who might be a tough interviewer—even on Fox News—like Kelly, Palin suddenly has no time left in her schedule.

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They will when you start.

Posted by Scott Dow | November 3, 2008 10:53 AM

Wow, _still_ no medical records? How long does it take to fake a baby?

Posted by Anon | November 3, 2008 10:56 AM

sorry pretty fox news lady, but no, your viewers do not deserve better. your viewers deserve exacatly what they get. i suspect being stood up by sarah palin is going to be the least of their grievances in the next couple days.

Posted by brandon | November 3, 2008 10:57 AM

These cable-news clowns have to fill airtime 24/7. They love campaign rallies; that's hours of airtime they don't have to line up some talking heads to fill. They're not about to give that up.

Posted by rjh | November 3, 2008 11:35 AM

As long as she can dodge the mainstream media she looks golden to her fans at rallies and on the internet. I expect she will have a huge cadre of followers by 2012, all of whom already distrust the media and have created an alternate reality. She could very well be a force to reckon with in 4 years if she can get these folks to fork over the cash. Given the success of the most outlandish tele-evangelists she shouldn't have too much trouble, there always seem to be plenty of sheep to fleece.

Posted by inkweary | November 3, 2008 11:51 AM

Finally listened to the Sarkozy tape. How fucking stupid is this idiot?

Posted by wow | November 3, 2008 12:52 PM

But that's just it. Palin is obligated to answer quetions. The fact that she doesn't means she arrogant as well as ignorant.

Posted by Vince | November 3, 2008 1:00 PM

Perhaps she was put off by the snarky tone of this Kelly person, who doesn't seem to be able to speak in reasonable tones no matter what the circumstances?

Posted by Calpete | November 3, 2008 1:29 PM

Ooh, someone's trying to untie a rope around their foxy librarian ankle.

Posted by Grant Cogswell | November 3, 2008 2:17 PM

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