Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) granted an interview to a local CBS affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, much of which was filled with talking points that Palin has repeated in a number of local interviews recently.
However, after the interview, reporter Cynthia Fodor revealed that she had to submit the interview topics in order to talk to Palin, something she called “not standard procedure”:
HOST: Governor Palin, as we know, doesn’t give a lot of interviews so did you have a lot of time to chat with her?
FODOR: No, in fact this was the only one she gave today and we were limited to about five minutes of time which is not a lot of time and we had to submit which topics we wanted to discuss ahead of time which is not standard procedure.
Fodor’s revelations come at a particular disturbing time. Just last week, press freedom advocates Reporters Without Borders released its annual Press Freedom Index, which found that the United States ranked 36 out of 173 countries — a spot also shared by Bosnia and Herzegovina.
But this isn’t the first time the McCain-Palin campaign has attempted to control Palin’s interviews. Earlier this month, a local Bangor, Maine affiliate declined an interview when Palin’s handlers said they would grant the interview only if the McCain campaign could choose the reporter.