All candidates face tough questions

If I read another whiney letter to the editor about how poorly Sarah Palin was treated by the media I think I’m going to choke on my breakfast (Thursday letter, “Media’s tactics set bad example”). First of all, politics is a contact sport and presidential politics in particular is a collision sport. If you don’t like how the game is played then don’t get in it in the first place. And yes, she did “step into the arena on her own.” I don’t remember anyone forcing her to run.

One of the functions of a media asking tough questions is to see how the candidate handles the pressure (remember, this is for the presidency and vice presidency of the United States, not an election for dog catcher.) If she can’t handle the pressure of the media how is she ever going to handle the job of vice president where everything you say and do is ultra-scrutinized. Palin couldn’t even answer the simple question of what newspaper and magazines she regularly read — her answer was “All of them.” Huh?

For those with short-term memory, Barak Obama endured 18 months of tough questions from the media and in the end he was seen as cool and calm under pressure, whereas Palin and her supporters whined and complained endlessly about the media being tough on her.

And lastly, this claim that the media made a “concerted effort to make her look foolish” — sorry but she did that one on her own.

Ted Neff


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