Like nearly every Palin-supporting conservative, at least those with access to the web, I believe it was a huge mistake for the McCain campaign to shelter the Alaska Governor from the press for the first month of the fall campaign.Â I also think they should have had her do interviews with local TV and talk radio before letting the national network anchors have at her.
According to Fred Barnes, even she thinks she should have handled the press differently in the weeks immediately following the Republican Convention.
Well, now things have changed.Â According to CBS News’ Scott Conroy, “the candidate who has been criticized for having a bunker mentality when it came to the national media can now lay legitimate claim to being more accessible than either Joe Biden or Barack Obama.”
I wonder if the media will now start criticizing Biden and Obama for hiding from them.
While Palin has increasingly made herself available to the press in recent days, “Biden hasn’t held a press conference in more than a month, and Obama hasn’t taken questions from his full traveling press corps since the end of September.”
Now, she does “three or four talk radio shows a day, plus interviews on local TV and cable news, appearances on some national shows such as Saturday Night Live, and chats with local print reporters and a few national political writers.”Â Not to mention the press conferences and press “availabilities.”
Her opponents love to dwell on her poor performance with Katie Couric, yet she now seems a different person with the traveling press corps than she once did with the CBS News anchor, demonstrating a “breadth of knowledge” which “far exceeds” that which she once offered.
During one recent session, “Palin answered no less than 14 questions from the media.”Â That’s six more than Barack Obama took in Texas last March before saying that he’d had enough.Â Oh, and she wanted to keep going.