Sarah Palin has apparently decided that she can treat the media any way she wants — and they will be there regardless.
And she might not be wrong.
To summarize, the Times reporter, Michael Shear, is apoplectic over the fact that Governor Palin isn’t treating the mainstream media like royalty. So much so that with his second sentence he seems to be threatening that the media won’t put up with this ‘lack or respect’ and stop following her around, so incensed are they over her alleged mistreatment. Then, in the following four paragraphs, Shear reveals just how hollow this threat is:
On Monday night, the media following the former Alaska governor were hot and sweaty, sitting in 100-degree weather at the Gettysburg battlefield, when they got the word: Ms. Palin was at the Courtyard by Marriott a few minutes away.
Within a half-hour, about a dozen reporters were lined up at the Courtyard counter, asking for rooms overlooking the hotel’s parking lot. As a reporter noted, one could keep an eye on Ms. Palin’s “One Nation” bus that way.
After playing a cat-and-mouse game with the press for more than two days, Ms. Palin and her pursuers were both holed up in the same hotel; Ms. Palin on the fourth floor, reporters above and below. Even as check-in continued, Ms. Palin, dressed in workout shorts and wearing sunglasses, slipped back in from a quick, late-afternoon run. She made a beeline for the elevators.
It was a surreal situation given the fact that Ms. Palin and her advisers had shown an almost complete contempt for the press corps and its usual rituals. But the grumbling among the press corps notwithstanding, reporters and camera crews continued to follow her across three states and hundreds of miles over the long holiday weekend.
And they (Shear included) will continue following her around, Shear’s bruised feelings notwithstanding. They can’t help themselves.
Exit question: Why aren’t they chasing Romney all over the country? He is, after all, the “frontrunner”…and she, they assure us, isn’t even running.
Update: CNN’s Peter Hamby, via Twitter, asks a similar question:
Two news choppers from Philly overhead getting shots of Palin bus. Would this happen for anyone else in GOP field?