From YAHOO! NEWS:
Sarah Palin still bristles when talking about her initial experience with the national media. After John McCain named her to the 2008 presidential ticket, political reporters understandably had a few questions for a little-known candidate seeking the vice presidency. More than a year after stumbling in a series of interviews with Katie Couric, Palin was still talking of her irritation with the anchor’s innocuous question about what she reads.
On this week’s “Fox News Sunday,” Palin took another swing at the media, comparing what she considers the unfair media treatment of herself during the fall 2008 campaign with the scrutiny that Kentucky Republican Rand Paul has endured since criticizing part of the Civil Rights Act on NPR and on MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” last week.
Palin, who’s now a Fox News contributor, said reporters are always “looking for that gotcha moment.”
Palin’s not the only Fox News contributor offering advice on dealing with the media. Politico writer Jonathan Martin reported that Karl Rove called Paul’s campaign manager late last week to advise against doing more national media interviews. And on Friday, Paul canceled a planned Sunday appearance on “Meet the Press,” making him only the third guest in the show’s 62-year history to drop out at the last minute.
Paul had shown a willingness after Tuesday’s primary victory to do interviews with outlets that may not share his conservative libertarian views. He told a Kentucky reporter that Maddow’s interview “was very fair” but that MSNBC “went on a whole day repeating something over and over again. It makes me less inclined to go on a network.”
So will Paul follow Palin’s lead in shying away from networks other than Fox News?
Since bursting onto the national political scene, Palin has never appeared on “Meet the Press” or any other Sunday shows except on Fox News.
But for Paul, skipping “Meet the Press” doesn’t mean that lingering questions about his views simply vanish. “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory made that point Sunday, while addressing Paul’s canceling his appearance.
“There are questions about his principles left unanswered,” Gregory said, “like whether his belief in limited government means he opposes, say, the minimum wage, the ban on child labor laws or workplace safety rules.”
He continued: “Perhaps the bigger question is whether this fresh new face in politics is now a weaker candidate than he was Tuesday night.”