A media strategy like no other, cont’d

A MEDIA STRATEGY LIKE NO OTHER, CONT’D…. Following up on an item from last week, even in a year in which GOP candidates are avoiding journalists in ways with no modern precedent, Nevada’s Sharron Angle is unique.

Angle has said, more than once, that she’ll answer reporters’ policy questions after the election, but not before. There have been instances in which she’s literally refused to even acknowledge reporters’ existence, and has conceded she only wants to talk to media outlets that will let her beg for cash on the air. In August, Angle boasted of a media manipulation strategy that pushes journalists “to ask the questions we want to answer so that they report the news the way we want it to be reported.” She’s even taken to using decoys to fool reporters covering her campaign.

This came to a head late last week when a reporter from Las Vegas’ CBS affiliate, after being turned down for an interview, tried to ask the extremist candidate at an airport about foreign policy and national security policy. Angle not only refused to answer any questions, her campaign announced soon after that the CBS affiliate would be prohibited from entering Angle’s election night festivities.

Today, Greg Sargent reports on Angle’s explanation for all of this.

A perfect coda to the Nevada Senate race: In a radio interview this morning, Sharron Angle blamed the media for her campaign’s decision to shut out reporters, slamming the press as “unprofessional” and adding that she thinks candidates should teach the media a “lesson” whenever they have the “opportunity.”

Angle also described that recent episode where a reporter tried to ask her questions in an airport as “an ordeal.”

Oh, poor muffin. A candidate for the U.S. Senate was asked a question about Nevadans serving in two wars. She couldn’t address the subject at all, and is now complaining that the questions themselves represent an “ordeal.”

Maybe if Angle would agree to tell voters about her issue positions, reporters wouldn’t have to ask at the airport — but this candidate has refused requests for interviews.

This morning, she went on to insist that “we need to bring back the professionalism into reporting.” First, it’s not up to candidates to dictate journalistic standards. Second, when a U.S. Senate candidate who’s raised the specter of an armed insurrection against the United States government wants to talk about “professionalism,” we’ve clearly entered the realm of farce.

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