Saturday, August 16, 2008

Republican media relations, cont'd

Rule One: Treat reporters like unwelcome scum:
A reporter tried to ask McCain about a new anti-Obama book, to which McCain responded cryptically "gotta keep your sense of humor." McCain staffer Brooke Buchanan then stretched her arms in front of her boss, saying "we're not doing that," and escorted reporters to the door.
There is a secret Republican campaign staff training school where staffers are taught this technique of making sure that reporters are treated as mortal enemies and allowed as little access to the candidate as possible. The same training school also teaches Republicans to complain constantly about bias in the media.

That there might possibly be a connection between these two phenomena is something that the trainers never seem to have considered.

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