Why Is Howard Dean Afraid to Have Press in Meetings with Presidential Candidates?

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You've probably forgotten Howard Dean. He hasn't made much news lately — until yesterday.

Dean was speaking to a group of mortgage bankers when one of them complained that candidates speak in sound bites and that candidates don't level with people. The former presidential candidate had a solution: "I suggest you have candidates into meetings like this and bar the press," Dean was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

Well I guess we newsies are kind of troublesome. You don't want us around, especially if you really can't stand the interference of people questioning what you do.

I can see why Dean would think he's right. I know Stalin thought he was right when he did the same thing.

"The media has been reduced to info-tainment," Dean said. He continued: "Info-tainment sells. The problem is they reach the lowest common denominator instead of forcing a little education down our throats, which we are probably in need of from time to time."

So I wonder: Does the mostly liberal press — which supports people like Dean — do those news types know what he has planned for them when he gets in charge? Right now the lib pressies are thinking, well Dean and his pals are good guys and they'll probably only bar FOX from the room, and we all think that would be a good thing.

Barring FOX is what many liberals want to do and the liberal press goes along with it, as long as it stops there. But what are the pressies going to do when Dean doesn't like what they report and he wants to bar them, too. After all, I heard him say keep all the press out, not just part of it.

So if you're The New York Times and the network news organizations you have to ask yourself: Why does Dean want to keep us out, too? He didn't say just bar FOX like he was supposed to. Why did he include us, too?

You won't read any commentary about this in the big liberal media. They think Dean misspoke. But I heard him loud and clear, and I think he meant what he said.

That's My Word.

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