November 2, 2008

On Media Unfairness and Sarah Palin

Fred Thompson was asked on Meet the Press by Tom Brokaw to comment on his assessment that the media have been unfair in their treatment of Sarah Palin. Brokaw asked him what question(s) that Couric, Williams or Gibson asked did he think were unfair. Fred Thompson said "I didn't watch the interviews."

He saw excerpts, and he's read what other people have said about the interviews. That sounds to me like someone else told him the media was unfair. He went on to say that none of the questions were specifically unfair. That sounds to me like he's saying it was simply generally unfair of the media to have high (or reasonable) expectations of her, or that the unfairness was not inherent in the questions, but rather in the questioning.

I think that about sums up this manufactured issue.

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Posted by James at November 2, 2008 3:47 PM
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Well, this is typical Republican tactics isn't it? Keep suspicions up, block real debate, blame first so you are believed first, and block the vote. They have to keep the rallying call of "liberal media" in order for it to keep its weight.

I think when you bring out a candidate that has yet to hold a press conference, or be vetted, well, you're asking for it and it's fair game. You can't come from nowhere, and talk like everyone knows you then ask them to stop trying to get to know you.

Posted by: Rui Campos at November 3, 2008 2:06 PM

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