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The Republican campaign, applying more restrictive rules on access than even president george w bush uses in the White House, banned reporters from the start of the meetings, so as not to risk a question being asked of Palin.

That inspires confidence.

campaign spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt said the reporter ban was a “miscommunication.”

Um...no. It was a NONcommunication.

Maybe being interviewed by sean hannity left the governor skeeved out and now skittish about the press.

Taka

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Palin is being shielded because the media only want to ask personal questions about her daughter. I'm sure she would be happy to talk were she allowed to vet the questions beforehand.

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"The Republican campaign, applying more restrictive rules on access than even President George W Bush uses in the White House, banned reporters from the start of the meetings, so as not to risk a question being asked of Palin."

That says it all. And some people actually want this woman as a leader (or at least, vice to the MAN in charge)! hahahaha!!

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USANeo: " I'm sure she would be happy to talk were she allowed to vet the questions beforehand."

Even then, why should she be allowed to vet the questions beforehand? I know that if I'm choosing someone for a job, I want to find out about a person and his/her skills; I would never hire someone for a job if, during an interview, he or she said, "I'm sorry, but I don't permit such questions".

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taka313 / smithinjapan - Get ready for Vice President Palin.

Sarge

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USANeoCon,

I think almost all of us are happy to talk if we are allowed to vet the questions beforehand.

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This editorial-is giving you a glimpse of how she deals with the public. If she has pressure now,what is she going to do when she is the VP ? The Republican campaign, applying more restrictive rules on access than even President George W Bush uses in the White House, banned reporters from the start of the meetings, so as not to risk a question being asked of Palin.

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She needs to answer questions. Me thinks VP is an important job. McCain is 72 years of age. She's supposed to be McCain's right hand. McCain/Palin is another Bush clone. Same thinking/Same concept.

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Yes Sarah Palin is the Messiah for McCain and must be protected. (Sodahead.com JT Google Ad) -this is almost a Muslim type fatwã.

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This changes everything. Surely she must be able to add this to one of her life's greatest achievements.

I was doing some research on Palin and it turns out that more people spell it doofus than dufus. Huh, who knew?

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as a non-supporter of Palin McCain, I hve to say this article alone proves everything said by McCain about Media bias is true.

I have never seen what should have been just a report turned into an opinion article. It is almost as if they are afraid of Palin, which they really have no reason to be.

We all know she has zero foriegn policy experience, why the need to keep driving it? People don't vote for the best candidate, they vote for the one they like regardless of his or her experience.

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She refused to answer any questions?

Can't she take it?

And she's running for VP?

ha ha!

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It's awesome! The fake "support" among Republicans for a woman they all know isn't up to the job just goes to show how mind-numbingly low the GOP will sink to achieve its failed agenda.

But at least her husband is a snow machine racer pro...or something!!

What a joke..

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Barack has said He will meet unconditionally with any leader - including progressives like Fidel Castro, Mahmmoud Ahmadhinejhad,Assad and Kim johng il.

Little ms palin won't even meet with the progressives in our own media corps.

Moderator: Readers, there is no need to refer to Obama by first name.

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The Washington Post has a partial list of world leaders that Biden has met. The list is almost as long as the population of Palin's hometown. Clearly the GOP are desperate to window dress Palin as the rock star saviour of the GOP - but really it's just a fantasy.

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Have any of you meet world leaders and been in a press meeting??? But you all seem to judge her political ability on this, what gives you the expertise to judge it when you yourself havent done it???

Who you meet isnt what matters, what you say in a press storm doesnt matter, what you do matters.. Those who dont like Bush have to agree it, he meet a ton of leaders and took questions allot before he became president, yet he didnt do a very good job....

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skipthesong,

Specifically what in the article leads you to believe that McCain's charges of media bias are true?

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The private conversation and public pictures were meant to pad her resume for voters concerned about her lack of experience in world affairs.

This is nearly as funny as it is embarrassing.

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Get ready for Vice President Palin.

Yeah, call it Operation Other-Shoe-Dropping.

One would think that eight years of the Bush-Cheney disaster would prepare the country for just about anything.

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Those who dont like Bush have to agree it, he meet a ton of leaders and took questions allot before he became president.

Bush did not "meet a ton of leaders" before he came president. Unless you're considering I.W. Harper, Jack Daniels, Jose Cuervo and Johnny Walker as "leaders." He consulted with those on a daily basis for years.

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hey, the snow queen can read a telepromter just as good as the next newscaster. Those guys dont need to understand what they read so why should Palin.

I hope she didnt ask Karzai what a VP does, maybe you she has jumped that one by now. Never can be sure however . . . .

Funny how the repubs have her more tightly protected that the Pope in his Popemobile. Clearly they are ashamed of this pick, as they should be.

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Why some people are so hard on Palin? She only needs to know that every word of her will potentially carry the weight of her nation and the might of the US army and be much more careful, that's all. And in politics, there is no need for a politician answer every question accurately like a scientist.

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All good points, zurcronium. Like you, I had given little though to palin's international impact.

Her meeting with world leaders is indeed problematic.

Like thatcher her rise threatens the whole victimhood mentality that is so vital to us progressives getting the agenda* in place.

But I am confident that we can destroy her like we did Hillary.

We need to do it for women everywhere - not just in north america.

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Specifically what in the article leads you to believe that McCain's charges of media bias are true?

Well, obviously the media is biased toward their own interests. Seems they are a little put off by not being able to ask questions. But they should show more professionalism and still write nicely despite the fact that asking questions is essential to their jobs.

--Cirroc

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I'm still waiting to hear her without a handler. I think a lot of people would, democrat or republican. < :-)

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World Leaders the article says. But none are mentioned. Colombia's persident is not a world leader, neither is the ex-coca cola manger - Kazai, a world leader. Kissenger who couldn't even stand-up to Nixon's anti-semetic views is certainly not a leader of anything. A world leader has influence - the German chanceller for instance, the French President, the Chinese, British, Russian heads of state are world leaders. I wish one of these insignificant characters she so-called met was carrying a wire. And it kinder makes me feel like how famous and respected people who visit Japan are reduced to ridiculous TV interviews and prank shows as an introduction to the Japanese people.

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yabits at 12:29 PM JST - 24th September

Those who dont like Bush have to agree it, he meet a ton of leaders and took questions allot before he became president.

Bush did not "meet a ton of leaders" before he came president. Unless you're considering I.W. Harper, Jack Daniels, Jose Cuervo and Johnny Walker as "leaders." He consulted with those on a daily basis for years.

And once again being blind by your dislike of a person makes your statement null and void of intelligence....

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Have any of you meet world leaders and been in a press meeting??? But you all seem to judge her political ability on this

I'm feelin' all literary today, Nippon 5, so here's a good one from ol' Sam Johnson to remember:

"You may abuse a tragedy, though you cannot write one. You may scold a carpenter who has made you a bad table, though you cannot make a table. It is not your trade to make tables."

It's not my trade to make tables, but I think I'm fully qualified to abuse the Palin tragedy.

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She refused to answer any questions?

What could be more vice presedential than that?

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I think almost all of us are happy to talk if we are allowed to vet the questions beforehand.

Sez, I will agree with your comment on the condition that you let me vet your response to said agreement.

Can't be too careful these days.

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Nessie at 03:10 PM JST - 24th September

Have any of you meet world leaders and been in a press meeting??? But you all seem to judge her political ability on this

I'm feelin' all literary today, Nippon 5, so here's a good one from ol' Sam Johnson to remember:

"You may abuse a tragedy, though you cannot write one. You may scold a carpenter who has made you a bad table, though you cannot make a table. It is not your trade to make tables."

It's not my trade to make tables, but I think I'm fully qualified to abuse the Palin tragedy.

Ahh when you havent got the ability to do the job you become a critic... Maybe the table was made to be that way and you just didnt know the design...

To call her a tragedy is so sad... What has she done that has caused you any tragedy??? Did she hit you? call you names? Did she change your life in any way.... Why is it people become the politics they preach??? Dont tell me that you are qualified to judge anyone more then the guy who is praising her.. Youre just blowing hot air..

“Judge a person by their questions, rather than their answers.”

"I always believe that ultimately, if people are paying attention, then we get good government and good leadership. And when we get lazy, as a democracy and civically start taking shortcuts, then it results in bad government and politics."

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Well, at least Palin has more real world experience than Obama.

To be fair, though, Palin hasn't put "community activist" on her resume as Obama has... in captial letters.

"Community activist..." -whatever that means.

USAR

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well i hope nobody asks Palin about the "bush doctrine" again :)

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According to this and other sources, one cannot adequately explain "the Bush doctrine":

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bush_Doctrine

Folks cannot knock her for what they are unable explain themselves.

Tony

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Good for her, bet tehy were mighty impressed with her too.

All we hear about, are the Liberal media complaining why they cannot ask her intruding questions about her family.

She is gonna make a great VP and she has some world leaders as friends now, way to go Palin.

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To call her a tragedy is so sad... What has she done that has caused you any tragedy??? Did she hit you? call you names? Did she change your life in any way.... Why is it people become the politics they preach??? Dont tell me that you are qualified to judge anyone more then the guy who is praising her.. Youre just blowing hot air..

Nippon, she has a shoddy education, believes the world was created just a bit before the pyramids were built, and doesn't know what the Bush Doctrine is. If that's not a tragedy, I don't know what is.

But I'll grant you this: As tragedies go, she's easy on the eyes.

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Nessie, yeah, Palin's OK on the eyes although Tina Fey has better legs.

Dya think Hillary's turnin' into GILF material?

USAR

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Nippon5 writes: "And once again being blind by your dislike of a person..."

Apparently, it is Republican fans of Bush who are blinded by the fact that Bush had an alcohol problem for years. Up to this point, it has only been the Republicans who have been able to claim that a man who has wasted away a major portion of his adult life in drinking and partying is fully qualified to be president.

Just what is there to like about that, I ask you.

Moderator: All readers back on topic please.

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CavemanLawyer,

I don't think that really addresses the question does it?

I agree that the press is biased toward its own interests. I think that can be said of anyone. And I agree within limits that it should be nice. I don't think the press need cover Palin's UN event as though it were a debutante ball, which in many respects it seems to be. But neither should it be gratuitously vicious as though Palin were really Ugly Betty.

That being said, once again, specifically what is there in this article that would lead you--or skipthesong--to conclude that McCain's allegations about press bias are true?

In my opinion, this was absolutely a media event, arranged for the benefit of Palin. Where was the coverage of Biden, of Obama, of McCain? Why did those people not have coverage of any private conversations they might have had? I think the answer is that they did not need it.

Palin is the one who has to establish her ability to deal with foreign dignitaries. The media gave her that moment on its screens and on its pages. But the questions that the media wishes to ask have not gone away and her answering a few of them wouldn't seem to be such a bad exchange for the press she has gotten.

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Speaking of world leaders and Palin... Australia's K Rudd PM appeared on a local comedian's show on Sunday where they grilled him about which potential US leader he preferred. He rightly stated that it was up to the USA people to choose their leader and he was looking forward to working with either of them. Then something about Palin came up...he literally grinned and said the cryptic "I like moose". Look, even other world leaders can't take her seriously!

But having read this article, I would be looking forward to her political debate....

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Then something about Palin came up...he literally grinned and said the cryptic "I like moose".

Rumor has it that the Secret Service code names for Palin and McCain are "Moose" and "Squirrel."

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stan - Rudd grinned because he's looking foward to meet Palin when she becomes the vice president. In fact, he's probably looking foward to see her age in office.

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I dont know why political arguements cant be about real politics. If Palin doesnt want a bunch of press asking questions that is her choice, if you think its a dodge then its your opinion that it is. It doesnt make her less fit to be a VP because she is in a private meeting trying to gain knowledge and doesnt want to get distracted by the press and the strange questions they keep asking her.

If she isnt ready to be in a position of Vp she can join all those others before her that didnt have the skills either.

When she has her debate people will see her for what she says without a telepromter given her the words. She will either come out of the debate looking like a cat ran over, or king of the hill... I dont see a middle area for her.

Until then I see those who are using catch phrases and sound bits and personal opinions to describe a person they really dont know anything about except what has been feed to them by one extreme or the other.

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Her new passport got her all the way to New York City.

But it won't get her to the Whitehouse. < :-)

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Locking Nippon5's comments back to the topic, it goes back to Palin's qualifications.

The same people who sold the American people on the qualifications of the disaster that is George W. Bush -- MBA and all -- are now trying to tell people that Sarah Palin is every bit as qualified. These people have as much expertise to judge a hog-calling contest as they do leaders for the nation.

It's not about the personal foibles of the people involved. It's about the judgment of the folks who want to pretend that Bush isn't the unmitigated disaster he has been. And who try to foist on intelligent people the ridiculous notion that Sarah Palin is in a league with Margaret Thatcher at her prime.

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If we were waiting for perfect humans to put into office we'd still be waiting a long time with anarchy ruling the day. I prefer not to worry too much about what the history is but what good they do while in and hopefully it will outweigh the bad they do. So who is perfect? Or am I just blinded by Bush's afterglow?

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If we were waiting for perfect humans to put into office we'd still be waiting a long time with anarchy ruling the day.

We could wait for the perfect car too. But that doesn't mean there isn't a way to tell quality models from outright lemons. Using that analogy, the selling pitch for Bush could have been: "He's been in the shop so many times, he's just got to be a quality car!"

All the warning signs were ignored -- Arbusto, Harken Oil, arrogance, total lack of intellectual curiosity. And likewise, the warning signs about Palin are being ignored too. I will agree, she does have a decent paint job.

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It seems that Palin isn't the only one scared of real interation with people, where she actually has to talk about issues. McCain is running scared too.

AP reports

Republican presidential nominee John McCain challenged rival Barack Obama on Wednesday to suspend their heated campaign, postpone Friday's debate and work together to deal with the nation's financial troubles.

Oh yeah like now all of the sudden both of their views are so important he can't meet his obligation to give the voters the truth on issues. If their views are that important there is no reason he can't do both. The next president (not McCain) will have a lot more on his plate at any given time then then a debate and drafting legislation. Man up McCain! Step up to the plate! All that bragging on here by the NeoCons who claimed how he will wipe the floor with Obama.

This is just a thinly veiled excuse to avoid a confrontation with the highly skilled Obama. Looks like the Republicans did their homework and found out McCain is no match for Obama.

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If McCain gets his wish and delays the debates I want cameras on him every minutes he speaks. I want transcripts of his words. Let the American people judge the content of his input. But there will be no content just campaign rhetoric. He can't win over the American people with serious discussions on the bailout plan so he will produce soundbites. That is his intention; he is a scoundrel.

~

McCain's Mantra

If you can't baffle them with brilliance, befuddle them with bullshit.

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http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=omHUsRTYFAU

http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=oQaQkAsK5O8

If they meet it will be the meeting of the UH UH uH uH UH UH canidates..

Show me how he is a great speaker either on of them??

Now Reagon was a great speaker...

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Yabits You post was just a hate message --- Bush might be a moron or an idiot, but he did serve as a governor of Texas for 8 years, campaigned with his father, and meet lots of Political leaders. Your statement was out of anger and not intelligent in the least.

My statement was who you have met does not make you a great leader nor is it an acurate measurment of how well they will do in office. period..

Im not on either side Im just pointing out the fact you cant judge anyone based on if they meet a world leader or not.

Which by the way is the topic of this article...

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Have any of you meet world leaders and been in a press meeting??? But you all seem to judge her political ability on this

OK, so firstly as far as I know, none of us are running for the vice presidency. To attempt to lessen the impact of her lack of experience simply because we don't have it is intellectually dishonest. Secondly, the only reason that her political ability is being judged based on this is that she has no other record in foreign policy. She has not made major or memorable statements on international issues, except on the visibility of Russia, and has never had any kind of education or job experience that relates to dealing with the world. The fact that the media is implying that she gains experience by having short chats with Kissinger and Karzai simply re-enforces the fact that she knows absolutely nothing about what is most likely the second most important issue in the election.

Thirdly, if a politician wishes to be the most powerful person in the world, they must be able to deal with stress. Should a confrontation with a nuclear power occur, the stress of even a presidential campaign will pale in comparison with what the leader will go through, and US nuclear strategy is based on the assumption of clear-headed leadership. If Palin is to be VP, despite her inexperience, the one thing that is absolutely necessary is for her to be able to keep a cool head. So far she has not demonstrated this ability under pressure because no pressure can be brought to bear on her. McCain, Obama and Biden all have had to deal with pressure in the public spotlight, and all have been able to deal with it.

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So did Kennedy have experience dealing with Russians on Nuclear Diplomacy before taking office? Think about it!

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Did Carter have any experience of dealing with Iranian revolutionaries before taking office? Better think about that, too!

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