The New York Times reports,
Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska did something here on Thursday that she had not done in her entire campaign as the Republican Party’s vice-presidential nominee: she stood behind a lectern and held a news conference.
She was asked what had changed.
“The campaign is over,” she said.
Granted, the question-and-answer session lasted only four minutes, and for only four questions.
Two of which were about the lack of a news conference during the campaign.
And a tidbit from the transcript of Gov. Palin’s appearance yesterday on the Larry King show:
[Larry] KING: One of the most frequently asked questions I had, and I don’t like to use the word “I,” was, when are you going to have Sarah Palin on? And we never got a good response. It’s kind of sad. Anyway, it’s good to have you now. Katie Couric, by the way, said last night [link here] that she thinks you should keep your head down, work really hard, and learn about governing before contemplating a presidential run. What are your thoughts about her saying you should learn about governing?
[Sarah] PALIN: Well, thank you, Katie Couric, for your advice. And I won’t reciprocate in giving her any advice, that’s for sure, because I have respect for her and the profession that she is in. I would have greater respect though for the entire profession called mainstream media if we could have great assurance that there is fairness, that there is objectivity throughout the reporting world.
And you know, Larry, there, too, if there is anything that I can do in terms of assisting there and allowing the credence, the credibility that that great vocation, that cornerstone of our democracy called the press, if I can help build up that credibility in the press and allow the electorate to know that they can believe everything that is reported through the airwaves and through print, I want to be able to help.
I started out as a journalist. It’s that important to me that that cornerstone of our democracy is given the credence and credibility that it deserves. But we have to have a two-way street here going where reporters are fair, objective, non-biased.We get back to the who, what, where, when, and why, and allow the viewers and the listeners and the readers to make up their own minds and not so much commentary I think being involved in mainstream media’s questioning and reporting on candidates.
I would like to kind of help build back that credibility in that cornerstone of our democracy called our media, allowing for the checks and balances that government needs.
KING: Don’t you think, Governor, that there is also a right-wing media?
PALIN: There is a right-wing, there is a left-wing, I tend to believe that what we need is, again, back to the who, what, where, when, and why, and allow the electorate, allow listeners, viewers to make up their own minds based on fair, objective, non-biased reporting. That’s what I would like to see. At the same time though, it’s healthy, it’s interesting, it’s entertaining to be able to hear the commentary on both sides. But when mainstream media especially is expected to be non-biased, without the commentary being involved, I think we really need to get back to giving the — some credence to the wisdom of the people, allowing them the ability to make up their own minds without hearing too much commentary infiltrated in the questions and the reporting.
This close to Thanksgiving, I’d like to jump on the gratitude bandwagon, too, and say, Well, thank you, Katie Couric. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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