Angle Banning Press From Election Night Coverage

Apparently, Sharron Angle’s preference to not ever answer any hard questions will continue right up to the moment the Nevada Senate election is decided:

Sharron Angle has banned two Las Vegas television stations from attending her election night party as retribution for reporters who tracked her down Friday and asked her questions without prior campaign approval.

Reporters from local NBC and CBS affiliates surprised Angle at McCarran International Airport, asking her questions about unemployment and national security.

The Republican has actively avoided the media in the closing days of her tight campaign with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Friday’s incident — and her campaign’s reaction to it — was the most recent example of her icy relationship with the local press.

“If you want to be one of 100 U.S. senators that are deciding on war powers and on ratifying treaties, which is what a senator has to do, you have to answer these questions,” Nathan Baca, reporter for CBS affiliate KLAS, told Angle during the airport encounter.

“Well, certainly. And I’ll answer those questions when I’m the senator,” Angle said.

Actually, I think it’s pretty clear that a Senator Angle wouldn’t be any more open to the press than candidate Angle has been. Whether that is acceptable or not is up to the voters of Nevada.

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  1. Michael says:

    Good for her! the bias press is worthless…time to put’em in thier place!

  2. muffler says:

    I do not understand the idea that anyone would vote for someone who even before the election denies or avoids credentialed press from their campaign. This just shows that her agenda isn’t yours and it won’t be.

  3. john personna says:

    I wonder what percentage of sitting Senators are completely insane, and how stable that number is over time.

  4. Stan25 says:

    She has the right to not answer any press inquiries. She also has the right to exclude any member of the press from any and all functions. That is the beauty of our system. That is what press credentials are for. Just because the reporter works for a major or minor network or print outlet, he or she gets a free pass any time that they want it.

  5. Stan25,

    Whether or not she has the right isn’t the question.

    The question is whether it is appropriate for a candidate for political office to treat the press in this manner. I don’t think it is

  6. reid says:

    I’m with Doug, natch. Not sure if Stan is trying to deflect from the real issue or what. Has she ever discussed foreign affairs? Does she not have a ready answer? Whatever the case, it’s pretty vindictive to ban a few stations because they asked her some legitimate questions. Not a good sign at all.

  7. anjin-san says:

    The GOP is increasingly moving towards a position where they only address the American people through what is pretty much a propaganda channel. Whatever you think of the media, this is not a good thing.

  8. An Interested Party says:

    I guess to some people, the 2nd Amendment is far more important than the 1st Amendment…