McCain: Making Friends and Influencing the Media

Looks like the Palin handlers decided – at least initially – that allowing reporters to record what Sarah Palin did in her meetings with foreign heads of state was too risky to allow.  They tried to block the reporters from bringing anything other than cameras into the room, then backed off after CNN threatened to pull the plug entirely.  TPM has the story.

Plug pulling or no plug pulling, this was a monsterously stupid decision.  And whatever the flacks say, it was a decision and it was intentional.  That much seems quite clear.  JMM seems to think that the press over-played its hand for a small victory, and that may be true.  But I think the larger point here is that blocking the media from an event like this is so small that it matters even more than the big stuff.

I mean, if you try prevent reporters from talking to Carly Fiorina after her flub, that’s damage control.  But if you block reporters from a photo op?  What the hell is that?

By Tommy Belknap

Owner, developer, editor of DragonFlyEye.Net, Tom Belknap is also a freelance journalist for The 585 lifestyle magazine. He lives in the Rochester area with his wife and son.