It is important that reporters not be allowed to do any actual reporting at Republican campaign events:
Constantly under the watchful eyes of security, the media wasn't permitted to wander around inside Coachman Park to talk to Sarah Palin supporters. When reporters tried to leave the designated press area and head toward the bleachers where the crowd was seated, an escort would dart out of nowhere and confront him or her and say, "Can I help you?'' and turn the person around.Treat the press as enemies, the complain about media bias. Classic.
When one reporter asked an escort, who would not give her name, why the press wasn't allowed to mingle, she said that in the past, negative things had been written. The campaign wanted to avoid that possibility Monday.
John Schwenkler and Daniel Larison disagree with the argument that Sarah Palin's folksiness is an act. My sense is that it isn't an act either. If it is, then the act predates the 2008 presidential campaign. But I don't quite agree that her interviews and debate performances have always sounded exactly like she has sounded recently. She's no Cicero, but the older footage I've seen shows much less winking at Joe Sixpack and the Hockey Moms. Some of these differences come down to perspective, however. If you find Palin's perkiness annoying and her shtick unpersuasive, you are going to be more likely to detect that which irritates you when watching her on TV. If you find her charming and likable, you are going to be inclined to reach a different verdict. And then are some things -- "Err, the Bush Doctrine?
Laura's Miscellaneous Musings has a good roundup of reaction to the outrageous AP "analysis" about "racism" coming from Sarah Palin. And here's even more of the "story behind the story," including third-hand reporting that Ron Fournier had a role in this monstrosity of a story.
Finally, in a sort of related thing, looking at establishment media coverage of this race more broadly, here's a great quote from our good friend Craig Shirley:
"Of course the mainstream media is completely covering the Obama campaignâ€¦.just like a warm blanket."
Kristol's hockey mom interview (NY Times)
Scapegoating deregulation could cost Pres. Obama bigtime. (Washington Post)
Ayers is a bad dude, but people care more about Franklin Raines right now (NRO The Campaign Spot)
Obama can't make extremism a thing of the/his past with one speech (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Americans can't afford to fail on Iran policy much longer (Jerusalem Post)
Conservative dating rules (Touchstone Mere Comments)
This might be the single most irresponsible piece the Associated Press has EVER run. Not only does it badly misstate (i.e. excuses, plays down, hides) the level of Obama's relationship with Bill Ayers, but it goes to phenomenally bizarre lengths to claim that Sarah Palin's repeated references to Ayers -- who is white -- somehow "carry a racially tinged subtext." HUH????!!???? This is sick. Literally sick. Have things really reached the point where ANY criticism of Obama is racist? Next thing you know, criticism of Obama for having the most liberal voting record in the Senate will be called racist. Criticism of Obama for being against the surge will be called racist. Hell, next thing you know, criticism of Joe Biden will be called racist, because Biden is the running mate for a black man and, well, any criticism of him is code for racist opposition to Obama.
Read the linked AP "analysis" for yourself. It's just flat-out irresponsible. It is more than that; it is outrageously slanderous. How that piece ever made it past any editor with any decency or common sense is beyond me.