How Hard Were They Trying?

23:30 Tue 07 Oct 2008. Updated: 17:32 28 Jan 2009
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Apparently, at a recent Sarah Palin rally in Florida, Palin’s handlers kept reporters not merely away from Palin, but away from her supporters:

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.
tampabay.com, 06 Oct 2008

While this is absolutely ridiculous, of course, and utterly reprehensible. However, while not taking anything away from the horrible nature of the McCain/Palin campaign, it does seem odd that none of the reporters were able to find any way around this problem. Insisting on talking to supporters, for example. Camping outside the rally area for those supporters to exit, calling other reporters and asking them to smuggle themselves in, calling friends to do the same, and so on. It’s bad, but how tough can security at a public rally really be?

I was going to comment that possibly the most annoying thing about this would be the utter lies that would emerge when Palin was challenged on this approach of excluding reporters, but then I remembered that there probably won’t be an opportunity for such a challenge—Palin still hasn’t given a press conference.

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