The Upside of Sarah Palin’s Invisibility in the Press

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One good thing about the McCain campaign’s refusal to grant press access to Sarah Palin? No one takes it seriously when staffers play the why-doesn’t-the-press-report-the-good-news card. For example, a couple days ago, this appeared in the Wall Street Journal:

From her campaign’s perspective, Gov. Palin isn’t getting media attention for her contributions. For example, with foreign leaders last week, she had detailed conversations about the national-security and global implications of the energy crisis, one adviser said.

This got no pick-up whatsoever. Why? Probably because the campaign didn’t allow reporters to observe those meetings for longer than 29 seconds.

(Via TNR)

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