Friday, 10 September 2004


Dean Esmay wants to know if John Kerry has sat down for an interview with a journalist (Jon Stewart doesn’t count) since August 8th. I’m sure he’d appreciate any leads.

I’m not sure that represents “ducking the press” so much as a recognition of the increasingly marginal role that political journalists have in campaigns; why sit down with Russert or Brokaw if you can talk without a filter on the stump (receiving national coverage) and let surrogates handle the spin and the bad PR?

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Well, given the way Bush gets raked over the coals after every interview he gives, I think Kerry knows what’s good for him. Witness the silliness over the Matt Lauer “exclusive” about the WoT.

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