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Reporters Blocked From Interviewing Palin Supporters

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Posted on Oct 7, 2008

The McCain-Palin campaign has been criticized for limiting media access to VP hopeful Sarah Palin, and now it seems some journalists are having trouble interviewing her supporters, judging by the situation at the Alaska governor’s campaign stop Monday in Clearwater, Fla.


AP via My Way News:

Reporters weren’t permitted to wander around inside Coachman Park in Clearwater to talk to Palin’s audience, the St. Petersburg Times reported.

When reporters tried to leave the designated press area and head to where the crowd was seated, an escort would dart out, confront him or her and say, “Can I help you?” and turn the person around, Times staff writer Eileen Schulte wrote on the paper’s Web site. When one reporter asked an escort, who would not give her name, why the press wasn’t allowed to mingle, she said that in the past, negative things had been written, Schulte reported.

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By hippy pam, October 8, 2008 at 6:18 am Link to this comment

People in “her great state of Alaska” should be AFRAID-VERY AFRAID…If she get in to the 2d SEAT…she WILL BE IN A POSITION TO HAVE ALL HER ENEMIES/DETRACTORS “HUNTED” DOWN….and this one is PETTY ENOUGH TO DO THAT…...

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By TL Anderson, October 7, 2008 at 7:28 pm Link to this comment
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Perhaps some of the more vicious folks were plants from the local campaign offices, meant to stir the crowd and get more coverage. In this case, they would definitely not want anyone to talk to them. I think that if the press is being dis-abused at these rallies, they should boycott coverage.

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By RightWing, October 7, 2008 at 12:09 pm Link to this comment

I remember not too long ago, when Hilary was in the picture, the press had no way to get to him either. But then again they wont print what they find

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By Catherine, October 7, 2008 at 10:13 am Link to this comment

Thanks, Stephen. You’re exactly right. Thanks for the link to your blog, too.

It’s all scary as hell.  I just hope the Secret Service is checking up on those in Palin’s lynch mob yesterday. Can you imagine the reaction if someone behaved that way in the audience at an Obama rally?

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By purplewolf, October 7, 2008 at 9:56 am Link to this comment

Arresting journalists at their RNC and now not allowing the public to give their our feedback to the reporters. What are they so afraid of? That the truth might somehow get out and therefore threaten their chances at the W.H.

What ever happened to freedom of the press, free speech and a few other rights that we used to have?

Oh yes, the Bush administration, along with Dick Cheney the chainsaw helped whittle away at them until they hardly exist any more.

Freedoms just another word for nothing left to loose…

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By Purple Girl, October 7, 2008 at 9:35 am Link to this comment

How do they suppose they can contain these folks minds long enough to reach Nov 4th?
Palin is a sideshow. Not the Pig,  or the Pitbull Just the lipstick.Her Two bit antics pale incomparison to decades of corruption and complicity which John MCain has accumulated in his own biography.
This Well foreseen and Executed Economic meltdown finds John Mccain once again in the middle of the Pot!Need only look over his Right shoulder to see Mr. Enron Himself Phil Gramm- the mass conductor between Casino gambling Deregulation and Energy Embezzlement and Extortion (which has lead US to an Illegal and Costly duel Front War). We should put a Bow on Phil, He’s the Gift that Keeps on giving. And may Provide the Living Breathing Evidence of the full extent of McCain’s UnAmerican Activities and Allegiences.
Actually I’m beginning to feel sorry for her- much like the “And Such” beauty contestant. It’s not just her Lines which they provide her, or lack thereof..but more the apparent ignorance to her own running mates nefarious past and present affiliations.

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By Stephen Smoliar, October 7, 2008 at 9:08 am Link to this comment

Actually Catherine, the scariest stuff is in the WASHINGTON POST column cited by TPM, which was the basis for my own bleak thoughts this morning:

http://therehearsalstudio.blogspot.com/2008/10/gloves-are-off-because-its-my-fight.html

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By Catherine, October 7, 2008 at 7:41 am Link to this comment

If you have read about what went on at that rally, you would better understand why the McCain campaign didn’t want reporters there.  Palin’s behavior goes waaaaay past trampish.  She’s like a whore who has been given the key to Madame’s office!  She’s a disgrace and an embarrassment to any decent, thinking American, and we should all be furious that McCain is allowing her to say the things she’s saying. We should be ashamed of a man who claims to be so honorable but who has chosen this toxic woman for his running mate. 

Check it out at http://talkingpointsmemo.com/

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By Leefeller, October 7, 2008 at 6:58 am Link to this comment

“negative things had been written”, oh they were just things not lies or truths, just negative things.  Republican accountability is happening before they get into office.

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