|After reading Dana Milbank's piece on the Palin rally crowd, "I need to update my [Sept. 24] letter regarding whether the news media should continue to legitimize the McCain campaign," writes Perry Parks. "In short, the answer is no. It's ridiculous for journalists (especially black ones) to have to feel like they're entering a war zone when they cover a political rally in the United States -- and it's downright sinister when that atmostphere is fomented by the campaign itself."|
WP chatter: "She was inciting hatred if not violence.">
Rob Johnson: "Since when do journalists shrink from reporting where they aren't wanted?">
Andrew Sullivan: The mainstream media should dismiss Palin's candidacy as a joke, but they'd be accused of bias if they did.
A dose of reality was sent in by all people Adam Clymer.
|"Lots of journalists have worked in situations more menacing than covering Sarah Palin," writes retired New York Times reporter Adam Clymer. "Covering civil rights in the South in the 60s was much scarier. George Wallace used to point us out -- 'The Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Baltimore Sun are here today....' But when he did that, his burly plainclothesmen would sidle over to make sure no one went after us."|