The Media

This, I just don’t get:

Constantly under the watchful eyes of security, the media wasn’t permitted to wander around inside Coachman Park to talk to Sarah Palin supporters. When reporters tried to leave the designated press area and head toward the bleachers where the crowd was seated, an escort would dart out of nowhere and confront him or her and say, “Can I help you?” and turn the person around.

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. The campaign wanted to avoid that possibility¬† Monday.

So let’s get this straight; the McCain campaign is asserting that their candidates will not talk to reporters outside of highly managed sit downs with notorious soft ballers like Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric. And the media goes along with that. Now the McCain campaign is treating the press pool like a prison yard and, bascially forcibly, keeping reporters in and away from supporters. And the media is going along with it.

Let’s be clear, if the McCain campaigns wants to shut reporters out as a matter of strategy, then they can do that. But getting “escorts” to keep reporters away from anyone and everyone is extremely beyond the pale. Worse yet is that the media puts up with it and dutifully acts as stenographers for McCain-Palin. If they were self-respecting human beings, they’d either refuse to cover the campaign until the media suppression ended, or, better yet, they’d create a narrative around the way McCain-Palin treat reporters and, by extension, the public’s right to know, and make that the story.