Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I woke up this morning, snapped on CNBC to see how much poorer I was going to get today, and was rudely and without warning treated to a clip of Keith Olbermann complaining with his usual reserve that it was outrageous that the press was not admitted to witness Sarah Palin's meetings with foreign leaders. CNN has more, and the lefty bloggers are in high dudgeon.
Thing is, where was all this outrage when Barack Obama was having private meetings with European leaders? Politicians, even candidates, are actually allowed to have private meetings. The undisguised desire of the press to witness a gaffe does not make that wrong.
Next they'll be demanding access to the ladies room whenever she needs to relieve herself.
When denied they'll start rumors that she's a closet bulimic and had to purge after the rubber chicken of the fund raiser banquet.
Don't you think she ought to start talking to the press -- biased or not, it's the press -- you don't have a free country without a free press -- what is the big deal? Reagan certainly never complained about the press. Bush gets treated poorly, but he understands they have a job to do. Romney certainly can handle the press, Pawlenty can handle the press....
Recalling Sarah's VP acceptance speech: "But here's a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I'm not going to Washington to seek their good opinion - I'm going to Washington to serve the people of this country." Talking to the media isn't going to get her ticket elected, she needs to focus on talking to the voters, which is what she is doing on the campaign trail.
I hope the relative press blackout means that Palin perceives that she owes nothing to the press other than the anguish they have brought upon her family...and like Reagan, she will take her case directly to the people.
I certainly wouldn't mind seeing just a little bit of the media self-immolate over this.