Local CBS reporter Cynthia Fodor’s revelation that she “had to submit which topics we wanted to discuss ahead of time” to get an interview with Sarah Palin has Think Progress‘s Ben Armbruster (10/27/08) putting the censorious nature of Palin’s handlers into perspective:
Fodor’s revelations come at a particular disturbing time. Just last week, press freedom advocates Reporters Without Borders released its annual Press Freedom Index, which found that the United States ranked 36 out of 173 countries–a spot also shared by Bosnia and Herzegovina.
But this isn’t the first time the McCain/Palin campaign has attempted to control Palin’s interviews. Earlier this month, a local Bangor, Maine affiliate declined an interview when Palin’s handlers said they would grant the interview only if the McCain campaign could choose the reporter.
For a look at the kind of coverage the Palin camp’s approach has wrought, see item No. 3, “The ‘Smearing’ of Sarah Palin” in FAIR’s Media Advisory: Top Troubling Tropes of Campaign ’08: The Media-Created Narratives that Derail Election Coverage (10/20/08)