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."