Friday, September 25, 2009


This week's perspective from Kathy Barnett

We’ve said it time and time again here at Touchdowns and Fumbles: “off the record” simply doesn’t exist. If you don’t want the media to hear it, know it or cover it, just don’t say it. Let me get out the megaphone…When you’re in the public eye, everything you say is public! That’s why we were so dismayed to hear former Alaska governor Sarah Palin deliver the following line as she explained why her keynote address to the CLSA Investors' Forum about U.S. foreign policy, governance and healthcare would not be open to members of the news media: "If I do that with the press in the room, I will have to say different things." Anyone who has heard the phrase “sources say” knows that Palin’s rationale is just plain naïve. Communications lesson? The press is ALWAYS in the room. Even when it’s not. And Ms. Palin knows this as well as anyone.

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