Reporters Blocked From Interviewing Palin Supporters
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.