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Dept. of Bad Media Relations

By on 10.6.08 | 9:00PM

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.
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.
Treat the press as enemies, the complain about media bias. Classic.
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Is Palin’s Folksiness for Real? You Betcha!

By on 10.6.08 | 7:11PM

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?

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More Reaction to AP

By on 10.6.08 | 10:53AM

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 campaign….just like a warm blanket."

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Daily Must-Reads

By on 10.6.08 | 10:23AM

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)

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Political Hay

When Sarah Met Harry

By 10.6.08

Does anyone still remember how unqualified Harry Truman was once thought to be?
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