Friday, September 26, 2008

Campbell Brown, Palin Is Shielded Because Of Realism, Not Sexism



Campbell Brown has "had enough" of the McCain campaign's "sexist treatment of Sarah Palin."

"She was here in New York City today, meeting with world leaders at the U.N." Brown stated. "And what did the McCain campaign do? They tried to ban reporters from those meetings. And they did ban reporters from asking Governor Palin any questions."

Brown challenged the McCain campaign, "Allow her to show her stuff. Allow her to face down those pesky reporters... Let her have a real news conference with real questions."

Brown is a journalist who naturally wants easy access to Palin. She's not, however, a campaign strategist. If she were, she'd understand that sexism has nothing to do with shielding Palin from reporters. Realism does.

Palin knows nothing about the world beyond Wasilla. It's more than a question of experience. It's also a question of intellectual curiosity. She doesn't seem to have thought or read much about the rest of the globe. She didn't even have a passport before July 2007. 

It's entirely logical for the McCain campaign to shield Palin from the press, even if they're implicitly admitting that she's an issue-challenged lightweight. Think about her recent interviews with Charles Gibson and Katie Couric. Every time she "shows her stuff" to a reporter, it's a disaster–with the exception of Sean Hannity, a Fox operative who naturally conducted softball practice with her.

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