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Citizen's media is the answer!

Sunday, September 07, 2008 by Dave Winer.

Okay, so Sarah Palin agreed to an interview with Charlie Gibson at ABC News, but we all know (right?) that it's going to be softball questions that can be answered with glib one-liners. Not going to get answers to the questions real citizens (i.e. taxpayers, voters) have.  Permalink to this paragraph

But it turns out if you happen to run into Sarah Palin in a restaurant, she'll answer questions, and say things that her handlers almost certainly don't want her to say. Permalink to this paragraph

AmericaBlog: "I don't think this question will be answered until after Senator Stevens' trial in September and perhaps never. After all, Ted Stevens is still running for the Senate this year and a Republican vote, corrupt or not, is still a Republican vote." Permalink to this paragraph

A picture named palin.jpgOne of the tough questions for the Republican Governor is whether she will support Republican Senator Ted Stevens for re-election. There's really no good answer for her. 1. If she doesn't support him, a Democrat wins and the balance in the Senate tips by another vote. Not good for her party. 2. If she does support Stevens, she'll be supporting a Washington insider who is indicted for corruption. There goes her claim to be a maverick coming to Washington to clean house. Permalink to this paragraph

Well our heroic citizen blogger not only asked the question, but also got a really interesting answer.  Permalink to this paragraph

The funny thing here is if she really is going to Washington to do the people's work, how does she escape answering the people's questions? Heh.  Permalink to this paragraph

So when you see her, don't be shy, step up and ask her about Ted Stevens. Permalink to this paragraph

PS: With all the talk about the Bridge to Nowhere, I wanted to know where it would go. Not really "nowhere."  Permalink to this paragraph


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