Sarah Palin Decides to Stop Ignoring the "Lamestream Media"

Despite repeatedly trashing what she calls the "lamestream media" ("lame" because they have in the past made her look bad, presumably), Sarah Palin has "begun to experiment with a new strategy toward the press – engaging it."

What could go wrong??

As Politico reports, after several shall we say unfortunate encounters with interviewers like Katie Couric during the 2008 presidential election, Palin turned her back on any media outlet that wasn't overtly right-wing.

[Palin] relied on conservative media outlets from which she is unlikely to face tough questioning (most notably Fox News, for which she is a paid contributor) and social media such as Facebook and Twitter, combined with her own star power, to deliver cutting attacks on her opponents and the media that sometimes drive the political debate for days.

But now:

Palin and her staff have adopted elements of a more traditional media strategy, cooperating with a host of neutral media outlets, notably The New York Times, TIME and ABC News, all of which, at one time or another, have drawn fire from Palin backers for allegedly biased coverage.

Lest you think the mainstream media actually has any balls:

That cooperation has resulted in mostly flattering features that broke little new critical ground. The latest [mainstream media] piece for which Palin consented to be interviewed is scheduled to air Friday morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” which sent co-anchor Robin Roberts to Alaska to interview Palin and follow her around.

Sounds hard-hitting.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at December 16, 2010, 3:55am

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