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Friday, September 10, 2004

Kerry already kissing off the media?

One of the consistent talking-points - excellently founded, too - of Bush opponents has been the administration's media operation, designed to diminish and sideline the leading organs of the media.

(A matter oft discussed here - as a gander at pieces mentioning Ken Auletta will show.)

The counterfactual corollary to this line has been the suggestion that there this is utterly unprecedented. A further corollary - put forward by inference - remains to be tested: that the ABB's man, John Kerry, would use no such strategy, would be open and honest and respectful to the media and their role in the US polity.

Straw in the wind: according to the Chicago Tribune's Jill Zuckman (September 10- No questions right now; he's gotta run), Kerry has made it a policy not to answer the questions of the journos from the national media [1] covering his campaign [2].

It was not always thus: Kerry made a point of his willingness, as president, to meet the media:
"I have pledged that I am going to have a press conference at least once a month to talk to the nation about what I'm doing because I don't have anything to hide," Kerry said during a campaign stop in Beloit, Wis., after the Democratic National Convention. "I want America to know what I'm doing. I want you to know what I'm fighting for. I want you to ask me questions."

She goes on:
But Kerry doesn't make that promise anymore.

And suggests the change in tack may have something to do with his Grand Canyon mishap with H JRes 114.

Kerry is answering questions - from supporters at rallies; and he works the local media.

Not that she's saying there's anything unusual in presidential campaign history in Kerry's targeted availability. More like business as usual.

Her kicker from Kerry, from Plan A days:
And, you know what? If you're working for all of America and you've got a good idea, my gosh, what better way than to try to communicate it to America than to stand up every day and talk about it and sell it and market it?

To be fair to the K-Man, there's nothing there about answering questions...

  1. What is the national media? Why is - as one infers - the Tribune a member, but not the Podunk Gazette? Where is the line to be drawn? Does the Tribune print in Miami, say, or Denver or Seattle?

  2. I'm assuming the story is true, on the basis that the other journos on the plane would soon crap on it if it weren't.

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