Saturday, May 22, 2010

Avoid the Press

Rand Paul, after only two days, is apparently quite blistered by the heat of the national media klieg lights. After a series of increasingly disastrous interviews, he seems to be taking a page out of the Sarah Palin playbook. That being, if you're bombing in your unscripted appearances, avoid the press at all costs. Citing the candidate's exhaustion and previous commitments, his campaign announced late yesterday Rand is cancelling his Meet the Press interview that was scheduled for this Sunday. This makes him only the third person to cancel in the history of the show.

Funny. One might have thought that they knew his schedule before they accepted the MTP request on Wednesday. And, if he's flagging after only two days of interviews, how is he going to last through five more months of campaigning? Perhaps he's planning to go full Palin and only snipe at his opponents make public remarks through Twitter and Facebook?

On a related note, Maddow is showing her class by actually defending Rand on her blog, pointing out that some media have wrongly portrayed his remarks by using out of context quotes. Her post also features a short and amusing video commentary by Jay Smooth, whom I assume is somebody famous who I don't recognize because I'm so out of touch with pop culture.

Also, tangentially related, I love these fake Barack Obama Facebook feeds, and this is a good one that touches on Rand among other current events of the past week.

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Blogger merlallen said...

he could do what bush did and only give answers to preapproved questions.

6:04:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

You know merl, if they had bitched more about Bush, instead of just transcribing his press releases, I wouldn't be so irritated. But they didn't challenge Bush until his approval numbers were in the dumper.

There are times I think the real reason they hate Obama is that he makes them work. It was easy to cover Bush, since he was so uninformed and only gave two sentence answers. I mean these are the same guys who complained they were bored at O's pressers because he was too wonky.

10:08:00 AM  
Blogger merlallen said...

I remember when they bitched that he did too many press conferences.

4:32:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Ah yes, and a whole week at least of "Is Obama overexposed" when he did all the talk shows.

5:52:00 PM  

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