Politicians Avoiding the Press: If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Get out of the Election10.23.10
Many politicians are shying away from doing interviews with press anymore — sometimes only doing so if they get the questions ahead of time so they can be prepared or only sitting down with people from specific networks that tend to be favorable to candidates of their party. (I’m looking at you, Sharron Angle.)
There are all kinds of issues with this — especially in Angle’s case of wanting the press to report the news how she wants it reported (the very definition of bias). But, I’m going to focus on one that just hit me today.
If you can only handle pressure and adversity if its scripted and handed to you before hand so you can be prepared, how in the world are you going to deal with the constantly changing conditions and situations that come with actually winning an office seat?
Life doesn’t come at us in a way that gives us time to always be prepared to face whatever it throws at us. Especially for politicians, you have to be quick on your feet. So while I get the dangers associated with avoiding the press — the increasing demonization of the press (it’s true: not all reporters are cynical and biased) and the lack of knowledge about the candidates themselves — it seems like this would be an issue that should worry people on both sides of the political aisle.
Shouldn’t a political candidate be able to handle the heat that gets thrown at them, even if its unsavory and unprofessional, and especially if its critical and policy-related? Even if the press had some sort of ulterior motive by a shadow conspiracy to take down a particular party, wouldn’t it behoove the candidates to take them on and be seen as the sane, rational voice instead of vice versa?