Governor Palin and the Press

The narrative that Governor Palin only talks to Fox News and conservative radio hosts has always been false. The media is once again late in recognizing that it pushed a false narrative. Her PAC treasurer tells Politico:

“This is just about getting the press to characterize the governor accurately,” said Tim Crawford, a top Palin aide. “And, if that can be accomplished through Gov. Palin and some of the people around her talking to the press, we’ll try that.”

But Crawford said the determining factor in deciding to engage with the press, albeit on a selective case-by-case basis (Palin declined to comment for this story, for instance), may have been a late October POLITICO article in which Republican insiders bemoaned Palin’s popularity among the base and described plans to undercut her potential presidential campaign.

The POLITICO story “may have helped trigger it because of the way that the people who wanted that story to come out – whether or not it was true – refused to identify themselves,” said Crawford.

“Everyone has just come to the conclusion that being silent while other people talk about you and try to define you hasn’t netted the results that we’d necessarily like,” Crawford added.

[Crawford] described the shift as “an ongoing experiment to … see what happens when we do cooperate.”

Her interview with Good Morning America airs tomorrow and on Nightline. The Politico article compares the behavior of Alaska’s media before and after she was selected as John McCain’s running mate.



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