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Tucker Eskew Blasts Palin Press Coverage

By Juliet Eilperin
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- In his first lengthy press briefing aboard GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's campaign plane, Palin's senior communications and policy aide last night blasted the press for distorting her comments during an ABC News interview.

ABC News had posted a partial transcript of Palin's interview with "20/20" anchor Elizabeth Vargas, in which Vargas asked the Alaska governor whether she had political aspirations in 2012 -- a question Palin deflected -- and whether she had been sufficiently demoralized by the attacks she had experienced that she would consider retreating from the national stage once the election was over.

"I think that, if I were to give up and wave a white flag of surrender against some of the political shots that we've taken, that... that would... bring this whole... I'm not doin' this for naught," Palin said in the interview. Palin added that she had confidence that McCain and she could win over a majority of American voters and that she is "thinking that it's going to go our way on Tuesday, Nov. 4. I truly believe that the wisdom of the people will be revealed on that day."

Eskew said "ABC News made a mistake" in characterizing Palin's comments as a hint that she would consider running in 2012 -- an interpretation shared by other news organizations, such as CNN, which reported on her remarks as having stunned the McCain campaign. "It warrants a moment of reflection, more than a little criticism and a correction of the record," Eskew told reporters, adding the fact that other news organizations framed her remarks in a similar light is "just, I think, beyond the pale."

Eskew went on to question the press coverage of John McCain's running mate in broader terms, saying the media is invested in promoting a narrative that brands Palin as running "a rogue campaign." That phrase originated with an anonymous "senior Republican who speaks to Palin," who told the Politico in a Saturday story, "I think she'd like to go more rogue."

"What it says about our campaigns, our candidates, our politics and our press is very troubling," Eskew said last night, adding that Palin remained "unbowed" by the media criticism of her personal life. "She has proven she can take some really hard shots."

Palin sought to have the ABC News report corrected but did not dwell on the matter, Eskew said, adding that after inquiring about the matter "she turned back to what she was doing."

When asked how Palin viewed her role within the Republican Party, he replied, "She ought to address it at some point, most likely after they're elected," he said. "She's very focused on this campaign."

This item has been corrected. It originally described Eskew as Palin's chief off staff; his title is counselor.

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You know, I dont agree with a lot of Sarah Palin's views, but some people really show their ignorance and lack of objectivity in their criticisms of her. Do you honestly think their has ever been a VP candidate that did not has aspirations to be President(Cheney does not count as he knew he would actually be calling the shots under Bush). It is a stepping stone to the parties nomination. Palin has had advisors getting her up to speed for less than 2 months. Obama has had 2 years of being surrounded by advisors. I would argue that Palin has yet to make a comment emphasizing her lack of experience more so than when Obama sat on stage in front of America and stated he would meet with leaders of rouge nations without any pre-conditions. Or Obama stating at a Jewish gathering the importance of an undivided Jerusalem. Both statements strongly criticized by foreign policy experts, yet hardly touched by the media. As the newscast in Florida this week shows, if you dare ask the tough questions of the Obama campaign, you will be blacklisted. A basic fundamental of a Democracy is a free press and your rejoycing in the fact we are about to elect a man who doesnt even hide the fact that he goes out of his way to silence opposition. Silencing opposition gives the false impression of a strong majority, allowing its leader to undermine a Democracy and destroy it. Where are the jokes about Obama sitting in church for 20 years and never hearing the hate from Wright? Where are the demands Obama explain his relationship with Ayers? Where is the backlash at Obama for calling those liars who spoke the truth regarding his votes on children who survived abortions, when in fact it was Obama once again lying to the people? Where is the outrage that a Hawaiian Certificate of live birth is being used to verify Obamas natural born status, when in fact you do not have to be born in Hawaii to obtain one, only that one of your parents be a Hawaii citizen for one year prior? Why is the media not pointing out that Baracks mother was too young to pass on citizenship to her son? Why has Obama refused to simply present his actual birth certificate, which he mentions in his book as having? Why is Obama not being pressed to explain why he has gone out of his way to insure that his school records, African records, Hawaiian birth certificate not be released until after the election? Why did he do the same with Michelles thesis, only to have to release it after a copy was obtained? Don't be ready to celebrate an Obama victory. Be prepared for a backlash when all the truths finally come out and the campaign can no longer hide behind the race card it has become so good at throwing. Once Americans elect him, we will no longer be the racist people, it will all be on Obama to actually have to start answering some questions.

Posted by: JPB516 | October 30, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Now that we "know" Sarah Palin, who here wouldn't conclude that she has the ambition and ego to continue on the path to the White House? Sorry...the media didn't have to break that story. It came with the SP package.

Posted by: rjs_donal | October 30, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

rusty1 wrote:

sonnychiba72 certainly has a hair up someplace dark about Obama....
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Maybe sonnychiba72 should take a couple of deep breaths before he goes off on another one of his rants.

sonnychiba72 only knows how to spew lies, fears and smears. He wouldn't know the truth if it smacked him in the face and probably doesn't care about the truth either. He'd rather regurgitate the lunatic Andrew Martin's lies, fears and smears.

When prompted to take action and bring it up with the proper authorities if such egregious violations of election laws are being perpetrated all he does is make excuses. It doesn't take a genius to understand why that is.

Posted by: wes1155 | October 30, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Have you noticed that every time this woman speaks an aide always has to come in and "clarify" what she meant. Geez! For a person who got a degree in journalism this woman can't communicate.

Good thing she will not be v.p. We would be spending our time wondering what she really thinks. But, seriously I believe she says what she means. The problem is no one likes what she says, except the swooning kooks and lustful middle aged men like Fred Barnes.

Posted by: sandnsmith | October 30, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

sonnychiba72 certainly has a hair up someplace dark about Obama. Perhaps he doesn't know that the Obama campaign enables volunteers to make get out the vote calls from their homes. So we have one guy making these calls from Palestine. Just like McCain being endorsed by al Quaeda, it shows you can't control who endorses you, supports you, or prints out your campaign material from your web site.

Maybe sonnychiba72 should take a couple of deep breaths before he goes off on another one of his rants.

Posted by: rusty1 | October 30, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

From the LA Times
Quick Links: Current affairs. Egypt. Iran. Iraq. Israel. Marines in Iraq. Religion.

Update on the overseas vote from Israel

The exit polls show a very strong preference for John McCain over Barack Obama. Keevon, the communications firm, indicate that 76% of the polled voters in Israel said they voted for Republican candidate John McCain; 24% said they cast their ballot in favor the Democrat, Barack Obama. The information is based on data collected from 817 absentee voters at several voting events in Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv as well as an online survey.

Americans in Israel know the score. A vote for Obama is a vote for the enemies of USA and Israel. Obama is using the economy as a smoke screen to hide the security issues facing America. Obama is part of the security risk to America. Obama is outsourcing his campaign in Palestine and in other Arab Nations.

Posted by: sonnychiba72 | October 30, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Huckabee Hearts Obama?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YADwYU-phpI


See the latest Lies the GOP is trying to spread about Obama http://www.theobamaplan.com

Posted by: pastor123 | October 30, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Well John --- Sarah is who you wanted so SHUT UP and accept the consequences of your choice. Oh wait - Republicans don't do that do they?

If you don't think that this woman is not using this opportunity to further her own political aspirations them you don't understand the Republican mind. It can be summed up in one short phrase "It's all about me".

Posted by: gtnaustin | October 30, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Huckabee Hearts Obama?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YADwYU-phpI


See the latest Lies the GOP is trying to spread about Obama http://www.theobamaplan.com

Posted by: pastor123 | October 30, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Wes1155 is like most all Obama supporters, even when stories break, they sweep them underneath the carpet and fail to address them. The truth is, Obama is outsourcing his campaign in Palestine. Google this name and tell me I am making it up! Ibrahim Abu Jayab. This is not an Andy Martin Story! It is an AP wire story, complete with photo.

Obama has ties to Hamas and we know this. We've known it before this story broke. Militants have been caputured in Iraq, foreign fighters from other Arab nations, and they had Obama campaign material in their possession. There hasn't been ANY news sites willing to carry this info. For now, Ibrahim Abu Jayab, is verifiable.

Posted by: sonnychiba72 | October 30, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

More crying from Republicans. What a pathetic party with nothing but hate and anger and blame for all its ideological failures.
Conservatism failed stop blaming every body you are just wrong.

Posted by: julian9682 | October 30, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

DGFMitchell:

Vice President is PRESIDENT of the Senate. Do you think President Bush is "in charge" of anything?

Posted by: JakeD | October 30, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Right, it's the press' fault that Palin is a nincompoop.

Perceiving that she's going to be scapegoated (diva, whack job) she's starting her own whisper campaign about 2012.

McCain's selection of Palin, one of the more disastorous of his "campaign" paints a clear picture of his decision making....scary.

And McCain isn't running a campaign anymore, it's a carnival. With freaks like Caribou Barbie, Joe "I'm not actually a plumber" and Bosephus headlining.

The only question left is whether the final indignity, McCain losing AZ, takes place on Tuesday.

Posted by: mathas | October 30, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Did you see the attack interview the Florida TV station did on Joe Biden?


What would Gov. Dumba$$ do in a similar situation? Whine about media coverage?

She needs to grow up and stop expecting special treatment. If you're too stupid to play the game, you should get your clock cleaned, or go home. In her case, I'd like to see both.

Posted by: dpc2003 | October 30, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

How much do we really know about Sarah Palin? I don't think the press has gone far enough into her background. For example, isn't it about time--one week before the election--for the press finally to investigate Palin's belief that dinosaurs and humans walked the earth together 6000 years ago? We can't let a wacko like this into the White House.

Posted by: GeorgeSanders | October 30, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Actually Sarah, for FAILING to realize, or realizing and ignoring, the fact YOU are costing the GOP this Election, and subsequently MANY Congressional Seats due to "Straight Ticket" voting based on the Presidential pick;

BELIEVE me when I tell you:

I will NOT Forget,

OR, FORGIVE YOU!

Mitt Romney SHOULD be the VP,

And EVERYONE KNOWS IT!

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 30, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

"Sleepless in Tehran"

"I’ve always been dubious about Barack Obama’s offer to negotiate with Iran — not because I didn’t believe that it was the right strategy, but because I didn’t believe we had enough leverage to succeed. And negotiating in the Middle East without leverage is like playing baseball without a bat.

Well, if Obama does win the presidency, my gut tells me that he’s going to get a chance to negotiate with the Iranians — with a bat in his hand.

Have you seen the reports that Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is suffering from exhaustion? It’s probably because he is not sleeping at night. I know why. Watching oil prices fall from $147 a barrel to $57 is not like counting sheep. It’s the kind of thing that gives an Iranian autocrat bad dreams."

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/29/opinion/29friedman.html?em

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 30, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Sorry Palin, your "hotness factor" only goes so far. It takes intelligence and understanding to be President or even V.P.

Nothing in her education or background points to those basic characteristics...SAD BUT TRUE!

If Sarah Palin does think she has a future as national figure in the Republican Party after her dreadful interviews, debate performance, and lack of national and international issues, she is deluding herself. Her rise to be the top of the Republican Party will fracture the Republican Party. Mark my words.

Posted by: AJ2008 | October 30, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

If Palin could get a whole unscripted sentence out things like this wouldn't be so hard to understand.

She is up there with Bush in terms of understandability.

"I think that, if I were to give up and wave a white flag of surrender against some of the political shots that we've taken, that... that would... bring this whole... I'm not doin' this for naught,"

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 30, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

How Many Trillion Dollar Deficit?

Democrats vie to Shape an Obama Legislative Agenda
Jonathan Weisman WSJ Today

...The first group, led by "old bull" liberals, wants to move fast on big-ticket issues such as universal health care and weaning the nation off Middle Eastern oil and on regulatory and labor issues, such as allowing unions to organize by getting would-be members to sign cards backing collective bargaining instead of submitting to secret ballots.

Rep. Rangel argues that a President Obama would face a narrow window after the election to move on those big items, as well as his tax plan. That would raise the top two income-tax rates, raise capital-gains and dividend tax rates on upper-income families, and cut taxes on the middle class. Democrats need to have faith that a strong showing in the election indicates broad political backing, Rep. Rangel said. They should be emboldened by the $700 billion Wall Street bailout that Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson secured. And he doesn't want to hear talk of containing the deficit.

"For God's sake," he said, "don't ask me where the money will come from. I'm going to the same place Paulson went."

Posted by: thecannula | October 30, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Like or loathe Palin, any honest person has to admit the press has been unusually error-prone while 'covering' her (see for example CNN's misquote of NR column, as well as example described above).

Posted by: Echo21 | October 30, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Are you? Care to point them out?

So far I don't see them.

http://www.fec.gov/pages/brochures/volact.shtml

"I am sure that violates a few FEC rules,..."
Posted by: sonnychiba72

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 30, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Oh aren't we fortunate! sonnychiba72 the "Great Truth Seeker" blesses us with wisdom!

So they are an RNC/Palin-McCain hate mongering troll, but hey, no one is perfect.

Even if it were true, if you think it is such an egregious violate, why don't you call the FEC about it? Maybe because ig you did they would tell you to take a hike? Maybe because it is just another of your lies, fears and smears?

sonnychiba72 = RNC/Palin-McCain/Andrew Martin/David Corsi tool

Posted by: wes1155 | October 30, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Seven hundred thousand spin doctors could not spin their way out of the fact that the woman is a moron...period. Running in 2012??? Are you kidding me??? Every single time she opens her mouth yet more jaw-dropping stupidity falls out. Time to get back home to Alaska Sarah and try "gettin' 'er done" up there because you do not belong in Washington and nowhere near the "international stage". Do you know what the job of the Vice President is yet Sarah??? Wink, wink.........

Posted by: DGFMitchell | October 30, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

This is the Obama, the one for America!
I am not surprised Palestinians are going ga-ga over Barack Obama. It seems that when not engaged in orchestrating suicide bombings against Israel, they are busy working the phones on Obama's behalf.
Why do they do this? Maybe because he declared their mortal enemy, Israel to be a perpetrator of genocide against the Palestinian people…

On Oct. 28, 2008, a young Palestinian in a Gaza refugee camp is doing his part to get out the vote for Barack Obama. With a little help from the Internet, 24-year-old Ibrahim Abu Jayab is cold calling random American families from his parent’s home imploring them to vote Obama.

So let me understand this, Barack Obama is outsourcing some of his campaign’s work abroad, to Palestine no less… I am sure that violates a few FEC rules, but doing things by the book has never been Obama’s way, has it?

Posted by: sonnychiba72 | October 30, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse


Quiz Question:

Which is the scariest?

a. Sarah Palin
b. How much Republicans adore her
c. Sarah Palin is actually George Bush in
a skirt and glasses. (you notice that
you never see them in the same room at
the same time)
d. How Republican are attracted to bright and shiny objects.
e. All of the above.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 30, 2008 7:29 AM | Report abuse

"Too many Tuckers spoil the message". Forget about it! It's all over; Palin's what the British call a "loon ball" (i.e. "whack job").

Hopefully, all you idiots spouting this crap will go back in your hole on November 5 and those of us who want to remain true to the original GOP can put the party back together again. Take the right wing "nuts" and feed'em to a squirrel.

Posted by: NotBubba | October 30, 2008 7:25 AM | Report abuse

IF PALIN IS SO QUALIFIED...

Then why didn't she run for president?

Makes you wonder what announcement? ...

"I've been Governor for TWO WHOLE MONTHS and I'm READY to be President"

---

18 Million people voted for Obama in the primaries because of his VISION for America not his experience.

Palin got one vote and the only VISION know of from her is her view of Russia.

Save our Country and Constitution

Vote OBAMA Nov 4


Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 30, 2008 7:24 AM | Report abuse

On Oct. 28, 2008, a young Palestinian in a Gaza refugee camp is doing his part to get out the vote for Barack Obama. With a little help from the Internet, 24-year-old Ibrahim Abu Jayab is cold calling random American families from his parent’s home imploring them to vote Obama.

So let me understand this, Barack Obama is outsourcing some of his campaign’s work abroad, to Palestine no less… I am sure that violates a few FEC rules, but doing things by the book has never been Obama’s way, has it?

Posted by: sonnychiba72 | October 30, 2008 6:19 AM | Report abuse

Do any of you really believe that Michelle Obama buys her clothes at Crews?
So what if Sarah Palin spent $150,000 on clothes. Barry Soetoro Obama spent more than $5 million on his BIG night in Denver to promote himself. It was a one time event, a one night event. Can any of that $5 million be donated to charity? It is all dust in the wind.

HONESTLY, it kinda creeps me out that Barack Obama bought all that TV time on all those networks last night - too much like a Big Brother thing, in the controlling Orwellian sense.

I agree with John Baer at the Philadelphia Inquirer. Obama is showing his true self just in time for the voting to begin. If ALL the other RED FLAGS did not ding in, this one and the fact that he is outsourcing his campaign work in Palestine and in other foreign countries surely will.

Obama goes against the very fabric of everything that American was founded upon and everything America stands for.

Obama just lost the few Jewish votes he had since he is involving Palestine and other Arab Nations in trying to "BUY" this election. Obama is outsourcing his campaign to foreign nationals, and ones who are anti-American.

People have forgotten the Third Movement. The US Military vote. No one has asked my opinion in a poll because they don't even know where I am stationed overseas!

Posted by: sonnychiba72 | October 30, 2008 6:11 AM | Report abuse

Do any of you really believe that Michelle Obama buys her clothes at Crews?
So what if Sarah Palin spent $150,000 on clothes. Barry Soetoro Obama spent more than $5 million on his BIG night in Denver to promote himself. It was a one time event, a one night event. Can any of that $5 million be donated to charity? It is all dust in the wind.

HONESTLY, it kinda creeps me out that Barack Obama bought all that TV time on all those networks last night - too much like a Big Brother thing, in the controlling Orwellian sense.

I agree with John Baer at the Philadelphia Inquirer. Obama is showing his true self just in time for the voting to begin. If ALL the other RED FLAGS did not ding in, this one and the fact that he is outsourcing his campaign work in Palestine and in other foreign countries surely will.

Obama goes against the very fabric of everything that American was founded upon and everything America stands for.

Obama just lost the few Jewish votes he had since he is involving Palestine and other Arab Nations in trying to "BUY" this election. Obama is outsourcing his campaign to foreign nationals, and ones who are anti-American.

People have forgotten the Third Movement. The US Military vote. No one has asked my opinion in a poll because they don't even know where I am stationed overseas!

Posted by: sonnychiba72 | October 30, 2008 6:05 AM | Report abuse

ABC later apoligized for mis-characterizing her comments to make it appear she was running in 2012 but this was after numerous other media outlets had piled on!

I agree with Eskew that the media has gone out of it's way to attack and mock Sarah Palin.

The media has shown consistently that they are out to make the news, during this campaign, and that they will attack anyone and anything that stands between Obama and the Presidency.

The press has failed the American people by not investigating Obama's past relationships and shown their bias by failing to report on Biden's numerous gaffe's.

The media has discredited itself as an reliable institution!

Shame!!

Posted by: mwhoke | October 30, 2008 5:43 AM | Report abuse

Truth often hurts, especially for those in denial. Palin is over hyped by her supporters. She's attractive no doubt, but it's so obvious she's a joke. She's no more credible than one of those Disney animated characters, presented to thrill and excite those seeking to be entertained. Sometimes Palin seems to have forgotten her age, trying to look as cute and as a giddy-headed kid auditioning for a role in a high-school play. If Middle Class voters are willing to lower the standard of what is to be expected from America's second most important job, then they should deserve being personally screwed by a 4 year extension of the same Bush Regime of corruption, bad policies, and bad decision making. She's already making Sen. McCain looking like a grumpy old, grandpa, walking in her shadows.

Posted by: JanJan08 | October 30, 2008 4:38 AM | Report abuse

Awwww. Palin slipped up and now the spin-meisters are trying to say that she didn't say what she said.

Just wait until she starts running her own campaign -- and shoots her mouth off with impunity, never listening to her handlers.

It's going to be a gaffe-fest of unprecedented proportions.

She's a candidate that makes Dan Quayle look like a genius, and she's an unrepentent hypocrite.

She thinks she's going to run in 2012, but I predict she'll be embroiled in a corruption scandal well before that. She's cut from the same cloth as Ted Stevens.

Posted by: techrat | October 30, 2008 4:08 AM | Report abuse

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