There is a tendency in the media to kick ourselves, cringe and withdraw, when we are criticized. But I hope my colleagues stand strong in this case: it is important for the public to know that Palin raised taxes as governor, supported the Bridge to Nowhere before she opposed it, pursued pork-barrel projects as mayor, tried to ban books at the local library and thinks the war in Iraq is “a task from God.” The attempts by the McCain campaign to bully us into not reporting such things are not only stupidly aggressive, but unprofessional in the extreme. (Time Magazine’s Joe Klein, Swampland Blog)

This clip should raise a red flag for anyone who does NOT want to repeat the last eight years of the Bush Administration. Pay attention to the first part of this video . . .

The nerve of this elite media! WHO CARES if Palin answers any questions? I mean, it’s not like we expect our leaders to actually tell us what they plan to do with the power we give them. They’ll tell us what we need to know, when we need to know it.

I guess McCain really is great. Who knew it could be this easy? McCain/Palin is on a whole ‘nother level. Forget political spin . . . they just ain’t talkin’ to you. McCain Palin doesn’t read any polls. McCain/Palin doesn’t have to answer your questions. McCain/Palin doesn’t answer to ANYONE!

But they say Obama is the arrogant candidate?

I hope the media has learned its lesson. Don’t ask McCain/Palin any questions. . . they just don’t care.

Sorry for the inconvenience . . .

From Politico’s Roger Simon:

On behalf of the elite media, I would like to say we are very sorry.

We have asked questions this week that we should never have asked.

We have asked pathetic questions like: Who is Sarah Palin? What is her record? Where does she stand on the issues? And is she is qualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency?

We have asked mean questions like: How well did John McCain know her before he selected her? How well did his campaign vet her? And was she his first choice?

It is not our job to ask questions. Or it shouldn’t be. To hear from the pols at the Republican National Convention this week, our job is to endorse and support the decisions of the pols. . .

But where did we go wrong with Sarah Palin? Let me count the ways:

First, we should have stuck to the warm, human interest stuff like how she likes mooseburgers and hit an important free throw at her high school basketball tournament even though she had a stress fracture.

Second, we should have stuck to the press release stuff like how she opposed the Bridge to Nowhere (after she supported it).

Third, we should never have strayed into the other stuff. Like when The Washington Post recently wrote: “Palin is under investigation by a bipartisan state legislative body. … Palin had promised to cooperate with the legislative inquiry, but this week she hired a lawyer to fight to move the case to the jurisdiction of the state personnel board, which Palin appoints.”

Why go there? What trees does that plant?

Fourth, we should stop making with all the questions already. She gave a really good speech. And why go beyond that? As we all know, speeches cannot be written by others and rehearsed for days. They are true windows to the soul.

Unless they are delivered by Barack Obama, that is. In which case, as Palin said Wednesday, speeches are just a “cloud of rhetoric.” . . .

[T]he media should report only on what is good for her campaign. That is our job, and that is our duty. If that is not actually in the Constitution, it should be. (And someday may be.)

Ugh! We just went through eight years of this stuff.

No Questions. No plan. No Change. . .McBush/Palin

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