Today, the press finally had enough of Sarah Palin’s refusal to address them. While holding meetings with numerous foreign dignitaries, Palin’s staff refused to let editorial press into the meetings, though one “pool” camera was given permission. The campaign was hoping for the nice pictures of the meet-and-greet, without having to face any questioning. Unfortunately for Palin, virtually every news agency refuses to provide a camera without an editorial presence also being allowed in the door. After a brief standoff, the Palin team backed down and allowed a member of CNN’s editorial press into the meeting… for 30 seconds. The entire story from that lengthy stay is chronicled here.
According to Fox News’ Shushannah Walshe, an embedded producer covering Palin, the Republican Vice Presidential candidate has done two interviews since her nomination, and one of those was with unabashed conservative Sean Hannity. Palin has apparently been asked one spontaneous question from a member of the press corps over the past month. The following passage comes from Walshe’s blog:
It is traditional for the press traveling with a candidate to have some relationship with the candidate and special access because of all the hours logged on the plane and on the campaign trail. But, Palin still has not come back to answer any questions or talk to her press corps. The only time the press has met the Alaska governor is on her first solo flight three weeks ago and it was off the record. We shook hands with Palin and she was quickly ushered back to the front of the plane behind a gray curtain where she has remained for the three and a half weeks she has been a candidate.
However, Palin is not the only potential VP to brush off the press. CNN reports that Democratic nominee Joe Biden has not spoken to the media in two weeks. His campaign blames it on a busy schedule. That same report also states that Biden did 90 interviews with national or local media between September 7 and his nomination on August 27.
Now, trying to be as free from partisanship as possible, here comes the opinion.