Politico’s Jonathan Martin describes the trials of the Palin press:

Since being selected a John McCain’s running mate on Aug. 29, Sarah Palin has yet to hold a single news conference or take any questions from reporters beyond one network interview and a chat with People magazine.

Reporters travelling with Palin see her only when she’s on stage at rallies and when she boards or disembarks from her campaign plane. There is a curtain unfurled between the front of the plane, where she and staff sit, and the back, where the press corps is seated.

On the tarmac, aides and Secret Service agents keep the press at least 30 feet from Palin. She typically greets and thanks local dignitaries.

Arriving in Akron this afternoon, she and her husband, Todd, turned when they heard the shouted questions of a handful of reporters. But they only waved before quickly ducking into a waiting SUV.

But, no offense, who cares?

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Clint Hendler is the managing editor of Mother Jones, and a former deputy editor of CJR.