Since Palin and her team won’t share where the potential candidate is headed, reporters and producers have little choice but to simply stay close to Palin’s bus. This has resulted in scenes of the Palin bus tooling down the highway followed by a caravan of 10 or 15 vehicles all trying to make sure they don’t lose sight of the Palin bus.
Well it’s not like they were going to give her fair coverage anyway. Sarah Palin, unlike some Republicans seems to be aware that nothing she will ever do is likely to get positive coverage from the Old Media, so why bother to try? Instead, she has decided to go around the Mainstream Media to get information out to her fans.
Palin has repeatedly cast the press corps as treating her unfairly, and has tried to make her Facebook and Twitter accounts primary sources of information about her – a strategy she is continuing with the bus tour, for which she is directing interested parties to her political action committee website. (Information about a visit only goes up after she has made the stop.) Earlier this month, she discussed her feelings about the media with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, complaining about “that goofy game that has been played now for too many years with the leftist mainstream media trying to twist the candidates’ words and intent and content of their statements.”
“I think to start with, we ignore some of these reporters and their requests for us to comment and be interviewed,” she said. “We know going into what they are going to do to us to as conservatives — so, why participate in their game?”
It will be interesting to see how successful she is at this. This may be the beginning of the end of any relevance the mainstream has in politics.