Media complains that Palin caravan puts reporters at risk

posted at 2:53 pm on May 31, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Of all the complaints about Sarah Palin and her bus tour, this one’s easily the strangest.  CBS reports that the media has begun to grumble that Palin’s decision to keep them out of the loop on the tour’s stops have created a dangerous working environment for reporters:

Since Palin and her team won’t share where the potential candidate is headed, reporters and producers have little choice but to simply stay close to Palin’s bus. This has resulted in scenes of the Palin bus tooling down the highway followed by a caravan of 10 or 15 vehicles – including a massive CNN bus – all trying to make sure they don’t lose sight of the Palin bus.

It adds up to a dangerous situation, says CBS News Producer Ryan Corsaro.

“I just hope to God that one of these young producers with a camera whose bosses are making them follow Sarah Palin as a potential Republican candidate don’t get in a car crash, because this is dangerous,” he said.

Corsaro asked a member of Palin’s team if he thought it was dangerous to have reporters forced to chase her from stop to stop. “You’re the ones that are trailing us,” he replied.

Here’s your first option: stop chasing her.  If it truly presents a danger to journalists to drive behind the bus and attempt to keep up, then don’t bother doing it.  Palin probably won’t provide much breaking news on this bus tour anyway.  The only reason the media’s “chasing” her is because she’s good for their ratings and page views.

But is it really that difficult to follow a caravan on the highway?  Unless the Palin bus is driving at warp speed, the answer is pretty obviously no. The most dangerous aspect of following a bus of that size is to keep from getting so anxious that you pass it without checking the lane change first — unless the journalists in question don’t know how to drive on a highway at all, which wouldn’t be Palin’s fault anyway.

This sounds like a whiny, pouting response to Palin’s decision not to cooperate with the media.  That decision is certainly debatable, but not on the basis of public safety. And frankly, on the basis of sheer entertainment value, the decision’s looking brilliant at the moment.

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s there absolutely nothing worth discussing regarding any of the other candidates?

Hollowpoint on May 31, 2011 at 3:30 PM

ROFLMAO!!!!

Yeah, why the hell is Obama so afraid to release his school records?

Hope they aren’t paying you too much!

Roy Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Meltdown? head explosion? Depression?

unseen on May 31, 2011 at 5:17 PM

From what I can recall, Eww-jean Robinson said she identifies with the misfits in society, like those Rolling Thunder biker people who really just hate the government. Howard Fineman said he had just gotten off the phone with someone in the NH Republican Party who told him Palin won’t return their phone calls, then said she just wants to be Eva Peron. Then Chrissy started talking about how good looking and kinetic she is, but he had to stop cause he was starting to get too excited.

Naturally Curly on May 31, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Ernie Pyle is rolling over in his grave.

Grow a pair or stay home, MSM.

DamnCat on May 31, 2011 at 5:34 PM

If there is an accident the wronged innocent has my sympathy. It won’t be a member of the LSM.

Slowburn on May 31, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Palin probably won’t provide much breaking news on this bus tour anyway.

Hmmm…

Oh, and the media and jump off a cliff. In fact I hope they do.

Sharr on May 31, 2011 at 5:40 PM

that should ne “can jump off a cliff”.

Sharr on May 31, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Sorry screwed up. http://www.myfoxphilly.com/dpp/news/local_news/raw-video%3A-sarah-palin-in-philly-053111

heshtesh on May 31, 2011 at 4:01 PM

OMG, did you see how Piper is running interference to keep herself between those grasping reporters and her mother?

I am looking forward to seeing that child become a woman to be reckoned with, and she’s learning it all at her mama’s knee.

disa on May 31, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Hollowpoint on May 31, 2011 at 3:30 PMDUDE??? Why aren’t you tending to petunia? “The vapors” can be very seroius. Do you want people to think you are a cad?

katy the mean old lady on May 31, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Hmm. What is with the strike thingy?

katy the mean old lady on May 31, 2011 at 5:45 PM

But feel free to continue with the circle-jerk, as this thread serves little other purpose.

Hollowpoint on May 31, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Hollow.

Del Dolemonte on May 31, 2011 at 5:48 PM

OMG, did you see how Piper is running interference to keep herself between those grasping reporters and her mother?I am looking forward to seeing that child become a woman to be reckoned with, and she’s learning it all at her mama’s knee.
disa on May 31, 2011 at 5:41 PM

That was very very good on Piper. She is a cruiser protecting the carrier. Love it.

arnold ziffel on May 31, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Wrong thread–right subject. Me need to learn cut and paste better.

arnold ziffel on May 31, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Sorry screwed up. http://www.myfoxphilly.com/dpp/news/local_news/raw-video%3A-sarah-palin-in-philly-053111

heshtesh on May 31, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Love how Piper runs interference for mom! Excellent!

pugsly on May 31, 2011 at 5:55 PM

OmahaConservative on May 31, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Plenty more where he came from.

Cindy Munford on May 31, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Hollow- Pssst this IS a Palin thread.

CW on May 31, 2011 at 6:07 PM

What a bunch of would-you-like-a-tissue, cry-baby jack-wagons.

How do they live with themselves?

curved space on May 31, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Will they file for a carbon credit due to all that gas guzzling cars and CNN buses to stalk Palin????

Odie1941 on May 31, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Why does LSM need to actually follow Sarah? Can’t they just stay at home in their mother’s basement and make sh!t up like usual?

Caststeel on May 31, 2011 at 6:32 PM

What Palin is doing should clearly be illegal. Planes have to declare flight plans. Boats need to declare float plans just to avoid such calamities. All privately contracted busses should be required to declare road plans. This way reporters would be able to fly in comfort to their next unexpected development — ferreting out the news would never be easier. Every news story would be filed before the actual event. And every story would be a scoop.

It’s a brilliant new news world.

flicker on May 31, 2011 at 6:32 PM

DAMN that Sarah Palin for forcing people to recklessly follow her around everywhere!

She must get money under the table from Big Oil to have all these gas guzzling media vehicles rushing after her.

profitsbeard on May 31, 2011 at 6:42 PM

The would-be-candidate once again refused to “put a timetable” on when she will announce her decision, but when asked by CBS affiliate WKYW if she could beat President Obama, Palin replied, “To put it concisely – yes.”

Palin also noted her belief that most of the Republicans in the field “have a very good chance” of beating the president, and specifically said she liked Texas Governor Rick Perry, who told reporters last week he was contemplating his own bid to unseat Obama.

“This isn’t all about me; it’s about the real change that our country needs, and not just me but other potential candidates and candidates declared,” she said.
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20067684-503544.html

Nice.

cs89 on May 31, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Nice.

cs89 on May 31, 2011 at 6:49 PM

nicer:

Dan C 2 minutes ago

Important I think…..

KatrinaTrinko Katrina Trinko: Just asked palin what she thought of Donald donating to dems. She told nro she would change his mind

KatrinaTrinko Katrina: Trinko Full palin quote: “I think I’ll go change his mind right now and make sure he’s contributing to constitutional conservatives.”

Building a coalition.

http://twitter.com/#!/KatrinaT

unseen on May 31, 2011 at 7:03 PM

She is driving the leftist media nuts. Heard Roe and Roeper on WLS radio in Chicago this afternoon and they are completely confounded by her. It’s kinda… awesome.

Fallon on May 31, 2011 at 7:06 PM

irrelavant my as*

http://twitpic.com/557qm2

unseen on May 31, 2011 at 7:09 PM

Mama Grizzly Sighting at Trump Tower

May 31, 2011 6:53 P.M. By Katrina Trinko
Sarah Palin just arrived at Trump Tower. The governor warmly greeted some people waiting to see her before her meeting with Donald Trump.

Asked by National Review Online what she though of Trump’s donations to Democrats, Palin cheerfully rejoined, “I think I’ll go change his mind right now and make sure he’s contributing to constitutional conservatives.”

unseen on May 31, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Unlike the Palinistas, I don’t try to derail threads about one (potential) candidate by endlessly pimping another.

But feel free to continue with the circle-jerk, as this thread serves little other purpose.

Hollowpoint on May 31, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Well here you are, Hollowpoint, with all of the cool posters. So tell us who you want to discuss, and why s/he is better than SP.

disa on May 31, 2011 at 7:11 PM

This is really worth sitting on the recliner with a beer nd popcorn.

Regards,

the Dragon on May 31, 2011 at 7:15 PM

Media complains that Palin caravan puts reporters at risk

Then by all means, let’s have more caravans! We need to have some turnover in the ranks of “reporters” anyway – maybe we could get some new ones that know that “report” does not mean the same as “shill for Democrats”.

drunyan8315 on May 31, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Is there absolutely nothing worth discussing regarding any of the other candidates?

I know HA has a lot of Palinistas who are proliferate commenters, but seriously- the pandering to them is getting a little embarrassing. What next- a post covering every meal she eats?

Hollowpoint on May 31, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Answer to your first inquiry: No. There really isn’t. Unless Willard’s opinions of Twilight mean a whole hell of a lot.

By the way, isn’t Willard supposed to be one of Kraut and Will’s “Super Serious REAL” candidates?

Do serious candidates waste time talking Twilight on the Today Show?

Really?

To your second concern “question”, we’ll call it, these guys are in a business. That business runs on hits. Palin gets hits like nobody’s business and that makes them money.

Allah can snark all he wants, but at the end of the day, he knows this: Palin threads pay his bill. End of discussion.

Just curious, seeing as how you’re so concerned with Palin pieces, if they bother you so much, why is it you post so much in the threads?

I would think that if it bothered you this much, if she was of as little consequence as you and your fellow concerned posters claim, you’d either read other threads and ignore these or go somewhere else to get your blog on.

Yet, you don’t.

Nobody says you have to be here…or do they?
_______________________________________

Now, to the topic at hand: Ha-HA!

B!tchslap that media, Sarah! They’re already yelling “Thank you, Ma’am, may I have another!”

She’s going to have these cretins whipped and trained by next summer.

SuperCool on May 31, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Living rent free…

(Apologies to whoever else almost certainly has pointed this out already earlier in the thread)

RINO in Name Only on May 31, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Living rent free…

(Apologies to whoever else almost certainly has pointed this out already earlier in the thread)

RINO in Name Only on May 31, 2011 at 9:47 PM

No, not living rent free. She is getting a consulting fee.

Slowburn on May 31, 2011 at 11:12 PM

No, not living rent free. She is getting a consulting fee.
Slowburn on May 31, 2011 at 11:12 PM

In their heads, I meant:)

RINO in Name Only on June 1, 2011 at 12:05 AM

because this is dangerous,” he said.

Sooo don’t follow her you FOOLS!

tx2654 on June 1, 2011 at 1:24 AM

They certainly didn’t make this much of a fuss riding in their beloved Stinky’s campaign jet…

The press apparently were a greater threat to Palin’s church building than she has ever been to them insofar as personal risks apply. As a risk to the Old Media’s misinformation effectiveness she is bulldozing them. The more the anti-Palin media and their shills realize Palin now has the upper hand the more desperate and shrill they will become. This is fun.

What did Sarah have for lunch today ?
I’ll bet it was good and she enjoyed it!
How that must frost the PDS sufferers.

viking01 on June 1, 2011 at 2:10 AM

So let me get this straight. Reporters are incredibly brave. They put their lives in danger covering natural disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and fire. They put their lives on the line to cover stories in war zones. A few even embed themselves with soldiers on the front lines of battle. Yet following Palin’s bus around on a perfectly good US highway is dangerous. Please.

uskorea on June 1, 2011 at 4:48 AM

This response is a direct result of their sense of entitlement. How DARE she not cooperate with this group of parasites who seek to attach themselves to her and draw sustenance from her blood?

Sayan Neviot on June 1, 2011 at 9:40 AM

“You’re the ones that are trailing us,” he replied.

Effing Classic.

Jaibones on June 1, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Since when do paparazzi get to complain about working conditions?

Phoenician on June 1, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Can liberals get any more outrageous than they are now?

If the bosses of these reporters throw them into harms way I would demand combat pay.

Better yet….Go ask Anthony Weiner about tweeting pics of his Weiner to women on Twitter! Now that WOULD be dangerous.

SgtRed on June 1, 2011 at 4:37 PM

If they played it fair, she would have been just another ex-Vice-Presidential candidate that lost the election

DrAllecon on May 31, 2011 at 3:13 PM

If they actually played fair, and gave the same level of honest scrutiny to all candidates, then Sarah would be Vice Pres now, and likely on her way to the top spot.

Siddhartha Vicious on June 2, 2011 at 7:11 AM

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