Political interviews are never done like this. Because it makes the questioning entirely at the discretion of the person being interviewed and their handlers. The interviewer has to be on their best behavior, at least until the last of the ‘multiple interviews’ because otherwise the subsequent sittings just won’t happen. For a political journalist to agree to such terms amounts to a form of self-gelding. The only interviews that are done this way are lifestyle and celebrity interviews. And it’s pretty clear that that is what this will be.
Here is a great post from Talking Points Memo about the “ground rules” for the first “Palin” “interview,” which would more properly be called an infomercial. It’s not reporting, It’s Charles Gibson! It’s a must read.
When will Palin open herself up to the scrutiny that Obama has received? Why does she get weeks of prep and a soft ball interviewer? Is this affirmative action for right wing nut jobs? Where is the media?
If John McCain was dead of a heart attack tomorrow….would the sane wing of the GOP say …“OK then, Palin is still our gal!” I don’t expect them to answer honestly.