Washington Post:

As of this writing, it has been 39 days and 22 hours since Sen. John McCain last held a news conference (despite having promised to hold weekly Q&A sessions with the press if he’s elected). According to the Democrats, it’s been 24 days and 11 hours since his running mate, Sarah Palin, held But like her running mate, Palin is AWOL from the media (although she did go to Media, Pa., on Monday, where she quipped: “I want to ask you a few questions, Media.” To cheers from the crowd and jeers toward the media, she said: “Let me ask YOU a few questions.” Huge cheers.one.

Not the most important issue of the day, perhaps. But maybe the most ironic, given where McCain and Palin were Monday: In Media, Pa.

Where they didn’t take questions.

Does that pledge to have weekly press conferences as president still hold? No answer, yet.

UPDATE: From Joseph Curl’s Washington Times blog:

But like her running mate, Palin is AWOL from the media (although she did go to Media, Pa., on Monday, where she quipped: “I want to ask you a few questions, Media.” To cheers from the crowd and jeers toward the media, she said: “Let me ask YOU a few questions.” Huge cheers.

One of the three questions [McCain took from the audience] Monday came from a very angry woman… “I want to take the opportunity to ask the media, where’s your 30 investigators over in Chicago! You gotta’ start doin’ your job and stop picking on little children because of their age and their pregnancy! Shame on you!”…

[I]t would have been nice — and honest and fair — had McCain said to the angry mob: “Now wait a sec, they’re not all bad guys, and they’re just doing their jobs.”


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