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Why is Barbara Boxer dodging the media?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:03 am - October 29, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,California politics

It makes news when the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate seat from Nevada won’t take questions from the press.  Just yesterday, Michael Calderone reported on Yahoo!, “Sharron Angle has dodged the media through much of her Nevada Senate run—whether by skipping out on her own news conference in July or ditching reporters waiting to speak with her on Monday.”

Yet, when 3-term Senator Barbara Boxer, a 28-year veteran of Washington politics, dodges the media, well, it’s relegated to the blogs of various newspapers.  Yesterday in Sacramento, after pounding “on her campaign themes of job creation and protection of the environment at a campaign stop in Sacramento on Thursday,” she left  ”without taking questions from the media that might distract from her message.”

Boxer campaigning on job creation?  Um, Ma’am, the unemployment rate in the state has increased by over 25% during your tenure in Washington  – more than doubling since your party returned to majority status in the Senate.  Your campaigning on jobs is kind of like the pop star Madonna campaigning on sexual restraint.

Even after Boxer said, “if reporters have any political questions, ‘I’m happy to take them at this time’,” she did everything possible to avoid them.  As the Sacramento Bee‘s Dan Morain reported (on his paper’s blog):

Funny thing, though, she didn’t pause or look out into the audience. If she had, she might have seen a hand raised, mine. Instead, she seamlessly introduced the next speaker, Obama Administration Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, and skittered off to a waiting vehicle so she could zip to the next stop.

If she had deigned to take a question, some wag might have asked: “Given your stated stand in favor of jobs and economy, why is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce spending millions to defeat you.”

He might also asked, if jobs are your theme, where are those “approximately 400,000” jobs you, approvingly citing the White House, said the “stimulus” would create or save in California.

Do hope the media give us a bit more coverage of Mrs. Boxer’s attempts to avoid the media.  After all, shouldn’t they be castigating her for ignoring them?  I mean, if she had an (R) after her name, they’d be wondering what she’s trying to hide.

Help Carly Fiorina who, if elected, will be open with the citizens she seeks to represent.

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8 Comments

  1. Dan, thanks for another clear example of the media’s bias in their treatment of candidates. The media looks for conduct that can be construed into a demerit for those candidates they can’t support… and ignore the same conduct in other candidates that they do support.

    Boxer is on overload. Her staff know that she’s probably just a hostile question away from losing it and they know that will kill their candidate faster than a scorn-filled, unpaid escort.

    Staying on message, when used to avoid the press, is always the excuse from the Left and always the indictment for GOP candidates like Angle.

    The truth is, at this stage of the contest, the press is there to screw a candidate –not help them get out any mesage. And candidates and staff that know the motivation, adjust things to compensate. It’s why we have surrogates at the end, not the start, of a campaign.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — October 29, 2010 @ 10:07 am - October 29, 2010

  2. [...] GayPatriot says it all, really: Do hope the media give us a bit more coverage of Mrs. Boxer’s attempts to avoid the media. After all, shouldn’t they be castigating her for ignoring them? I mean, if she had an (R) after her name, they’d be wondering what she’s trying to hide. [...]

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  3. Senator Ma’am is incompetent, corrupt boob; she’s finally realizing she may not win her seat this year. Therefore, she’s running away like the cockroach she is…

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — October 29, 2010 @ 3:25 pm - October 29, 2010

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  5. [...] GayPatriot says it all, really: Do hope the media give us a bit more coverage of Mrs. Boxer’s attempts to avoid the media. After all, shouldn’t they be castigating her for ignoring them? I mean, if she had an (R) after her name, they’d be wondering what she’s trying to hide. [...]

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  6. [...] GayPatriot says it all, really: Do hope the media give us a bit more coverage of Mrs. Boxer’s attempts to avoid the media. After all, shouldn’t they be castigating her for ignoring them? I mean, if she had an (R) after her name, they’d be wondering what she’s trying to hide. [...]

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