Press Threaten To Stop Covering Palin Events
Basically, if they don’t get access to ask her questions, they’re telling the McCain campaign they can’t expect coverage because there’s no news value in that.
Personally, I think that’s fair. Let People and Us Weekly cover her then. They’ll put those pictures on the cover. But if McCain really won’t let anybody grill her, then why bother covering events that are nothing more than photo ops?
The campaign had originally indicated that the print reporters following her campaign would be among the small group of journalists allowed to attend the so-called â€œpool spraysâ€ before Palinâ€™s meetings with dignitaries on the sidelines of the U.N. meetings.
The sprays are basically glorified photo opportunities during which journalists can snap photos and film footage and â€“ if theyâ€™re lucky â€“ shout a question or two at Palin and her company before she adjourns for private meetings. On Tuesday, those meetings were to include Afghan President Karzai and former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
But the imbroglio began developing Tuesday morning when Palinâ€™s handlers informed the small print press contingent covering her campaign that the print reporter designated to cover the events, Elizabeth Holmes of the Wall Street Journal, would not be allowed to cover the sprays.
The campaignâ€™s reasoning was that there were not going to be questions or statements at the sprays, so they were only appropriate for photographers and cameramen.
25 days and still no press conferences.
Looks like CBS is one of the outlets…
Television networks, including CBS News maintain a policy that if they are prevented from having an editorial presence at an event, they will not allow cameras to shoot it.
The McCain/Palin campaignâ€™s effort to stifle editorial coverage of the candidateâ€™s meetings with world leaders comes a week after CBS News asked Palin an impromptu question about the AIG bailout, while Palin made an off-the-record stop at a Cleveland diner.
After the Cleveland event, a Palin staffer told CBS News that questions â€œwerenâ€™t allowed.â€
I’m telling you…they’re not going to be able to sell this to the American people. Sure, the Republican base will decry the “biased” media, but all of those independents are becoming increasingly nervous that this VP candidate just isn’t up to snuff.