The Press Fights Back….A Little

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THE PRESS FIGHTS BACK….A LITTLE….Via Sullivan, the latest from the Sarah Palin wonderland is her visit to the UN. The purpose of the visit is to, um, expand her already substantial experience in foreign affairs, and the McCain campaign wanted all the networks to cover it, of course. But they didn’t want anyone asking Palin any questions. And then they decided they didn’t even want reporters present, even if they kept silent. Just a camera, so that Palin’s smiling face would show up on the network news deep in discussion with important foreign leaders.

But what do you know? Apparently the networks actually balked at being used quite so baldly. So the McCain campaign backed down and is now allowing one (1) CNN producer in the room along with the camera operator. But still no questions, I gather. Wouldn’t want to put Palin under too much pressure, after all.

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