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Obama ad features Palin

The Obama campaign had mentioned Palin as little as possible since she joined the McCain ticket in late August. But in a rare move, they released television ad that featured Palin:

Newspapers Palin reads

When asked by Katie Couric what newspapers and magazines she reads, Palin either would not or could not name any specific publication:

McCain campaign says Palin won't speak to the press unless it's in McCain's "best interest" and "best to win."

With a tiny political record loaded with problems, yet charismatic and great at speech-giving, Palin has avoided speaking to reporters for 7 days straight. McCain’s spokesperson used Republican attacks against the media as an excuse for why Palin avoided the press.

On MSNBC, Time magazine’s Jay Carney tried to get McCain proxy Nicolle Wallace to explain why Palin ahdn’t given any interviews:

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, campaign strategist Rick Davis said Palin would only talk to the press when it’s “in our best interest:”

McCain cancelled an appearance on CNN’s Larry King because a reporter the previous day asked McCain spokesperson for an example of any decision Palin made as commander-in-chief of the Alaska national guard:

Contradictory statements on Hillary Clinton's demeanor in the primary and the issue of news coverage of women politicians

In March, Palin said she thought Clinton got more criticism than other politicians but said Clinton and her supporters were whining and should accept it as reality without complaining or bringing attention to it.

After she was selected, however, Palin said Clinton was graceful and handled it well.

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Six days after she was picked and the media had uncovered misleading statements and other problems in Palin’s record, the McCain-Palin campaign did on a mass scale what Palin criticized Clinton’s campaign for doing on a small scale.

On the stories in the press about whether Palin had been fully vetted before her selection, McCain’s senior campaign strategist Steven Schmidt said the story was manufactured by men in the media in order to prevent a woman from becoming vice-president:

“This vetting controversy is a faux media scandal designed to destroy the first female Republican nominee for vice-president of the United States who has never been a part of the old boys’ network that has come to dominate the news establishment in this country.”

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