ABC goes after Sarah Palin for not releasing her medical records this week after less than two months on the campaign trail. Palin promised last week that she would release them “early” this week, and Kate Snow impatiently noted yesterday that Wednesday is the outer limit of “early”:
Governor Palin’s campaign still has not released any information regarding her medical records despite frequent requests from the news media and the campaign’s own assertion that they would release this information soon.
On Sunday morning, Palin spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt told ABC News that the campaign had planned to release information on her medical history early this week.
Today is Wednesday. …
Aides suggested privately that there was nothing to hide in the records, but that it was simply taking a while to call doctors and round up the appropriate information to release. But an entire week?
Kate, I have a suggestion. Call all of the physicians you’ve seen over the last 20 years (or even 5) and tell them you want copies of your medical records. Tell them you need them ASAP. See if you can get them in a week, in a releasable format for the press. Do that, report on it, and then see whether waiting one whole week is so difficult.
And while that investigation continues, check ABC’s reporting for the story on the release of Barack Obama’s comprehensive medical records. That will take Snow a little longer, because it never happened. In May, the campaign released a 276-word summary of Obama’s medical status, but that’s all. While the media hounded John McCain for detailed records last spring because of his skin cancer, they have shown no such curiosity over Obama, a lifelong smoker with at least a significantly elevated risk for cancer and heart disease. Obama also hasn’t had a checkup in over a year, which made the summary a little dated when it was released.
While ABC frets over the medical records of a non-smoking 44-year-old mother of five, where’s the concern over the smoker who’s running at the top of the Democratic ticket? Why hasn’t the national media shown the slightest interest in Obama’s health records?