About Sarah Palin CBS news wrote “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.”
They also pointed out “Though she often turns the “mainstream media” into a punching bag on the stump, Palin clearly enjoys interacting with reporters. She seems to relish the opportunity to demonstrate that her breadth of knowledge far exceeds what she offered to CBS News' Katie Couric in a series of interviews that were marked by vague, often convoluted answers to straightforward questions.”
This last comment about enjoying her interaction with reporters, seems to support the idea that the campaign has been holding her back against her will.
And now, ABC news as well:
“Oh, how things change. In the first few weeks after Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., named Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., as his running mate, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee immediately became the most accessible of the four candidates…But that has all changed… The Delaware lawmaker has not fielded questions from supporters since a September 10 rally in Nashua, NH at which he said that Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, might have been a better vice-presidential pick than him. And he has not held an arranged press avail since a September 7 flight to Kalispell, Mont.”
No press availability since September 10th?? How does it take until late October for the media to start pointing this out?
“Conversely, while Biden has an apparent embargo against fielding questions from his traveling press corps — and from his supporters — his once-reclusive Republican counterpart, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, has become increasingly accessible, perhaps more so than any of the four candidates.”
Yet another example of how the media has one way to treat Sarah Palin and one way to treat nearly everyone else on earth.* It's the same issue, the same level position, Biden's been MIA for a longer period of time (and I would add, has achieved a gaffe-to-word rate that far exceeds Palin, and maybe anyone else in political history)-and his faults have largely been ignored. (Except for by the Obama campaign, who are correctly scared to death of him.)
*I should note that ABC's Jake Tapper, who filed this report, has been an exception and has done a very solid job overall throughout the election cycle.