Sarah Palin has yet to hold a single press conference since the time she was selected as the vice presidential candidate of the Republican Party. Not once has she opened herself up during this campaign to stand in front of reporters and answer their questions without any restrictions. There’s no straight talk from Sarah Palin, just creampuff edited interviews with predetermined rules about what Palin can and cannot be asked.
Sarah Palin is happy to go and be interviewed by the likes of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and most recently, the ultra-right theocratic activist James Dobson. During a radio interview with Dobson this week, Palin explained why she is still running away from holding a press conference with reporters:
“Back to the media, you really can’t pick a fight with those who buy ink by the barrelful, and the mainstream media, they’re going to say what they want to say, and spin however they want to spin it, and this is where my faith becomes even more important to me. I have to have faith that our words, our message will get out there to the American people minus the filter of the mainstream media, so that American voters understand that the clear choices that they have on the 4th of November… We can’t get that message through the mainstream media. That filter has to be erased, so we have to have faith in the wisdom of the people that they’ll understand what our message is. But even bigger that then, I have to have that faith that God’s going to help us get that message out there.”
The first thing that attracts my attention about what Sarah Palin had to say is the way that she seems outraged by the idea of an independent media. The mainstream news outlets are hardly attack dogs in confronting Sarah Palin’s right wing ideas. We’ve seen a whole lot of soft journalism on a lot of important stories. Yet, even this seems to be too much for Palin.
Sarah Palin is actually complaining that news media will print what they want to print and say what they want to say. That’s what we call a free press, and it’s essential to the preservation of American freedom.
When Palin says that “We have to erase that filter,” she’s saying that the filter of politically independent media needs to be erased. She regards the filter of a free press, reporting on her candidacy as it wishes, as an obstruction. Her goal is that “our words, our message will get out there to the American people”, but those words and that message is a script that the McCain-Palin campaign is offering without the opportunity for Americans to see it subjected to any thorough questioning.
How will Sarah Palin continue to evade the unscripted questions of journalists? Palin goes back to her religious beliefs, as she always does when confronted with a matter that defies rational justification: “I have to have that faith that God’s going to help us get that message out there,” she says.
You know, I would like to see Sarah Palin follow through on that religious belief. Let Palin embrace her faith. Let her trust in God to get her message out there to the American people. God is omnipotent, after all, so he should be able to send the most powerful agents of Heaven to deliver Sarah Palin’s message all across America.
If Sarah Palin truly believes that God will promote her message, then she ought to just stop campaigning. No more puff interviews with right wing talk shows. No more television commercials. No more campaign appearances. No more press releases.
If Sarah Palin really believes what she says she believes, she can just go home to Wasilla and pray, and let God take care of everything. If God is really on her side, what does she have to be afraid of?
Just be quiet, Sarah. Shhhh. God is talking. Don’t interrupt.