Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Just how crazy is Sharron Angle? (6)

Crazy enough to say this:

We wanted them to ask the questions we want to answer so that they report the news the way we want it to be reported.

It was the Quote of the Day yesterday over at Mustang Bobby's place, and it fits right in with our ongoing series on the bottomless well of craziness that is Sharron Angle, insurgent Republican Senate candidate in Nevada.

It also follows #5, which looked at how her campaign won't let her answer any questions, keeping her from embarrassing herself, from actually having to engage in a meaningful way in the democratic process, keeping the voters of Nevada from actually getting to know her and learning what she stands for -- just as McCain's campaign did with Palin. In Angle's case, as with Palin's (though Palin was obviously much more appealing), what they're trying to hide is the fact that she's a crazy right-wing extremist who apparently can only handle a few pre-packaged speaking points at a time.

TPM's Eric Kleefeld provides the context:

Sharron Angle has further expounded on her strategy of courting conservative media and avoiding more mainstream sources -- it's not just about money, as she's said before, but also about only being asked the questions she wants.

"We needed to have the press be our friend," Angle said in an interview that aired on Fox over the weekend.

"Wait a minute. Hold on a second. To be your friend?" said a disbelieving Carl Cameron. Before Angle could fully answer, he added: "That sounds naive." Apparently this was too much for even him.

"Well, no," said Angle. "We wanted them to ask the questions we want to answer so that they report the news the way we want it to be reported."

Angle continued: "And when I get on a show, and I say, 'Send money to,' so that your listeners will know that if they want to support me they need to go to"

Aside from lacking substance (other than right-wing extremism) and grasping for cash, Angle apparently doesn't believe in the freedom of the press, at least not for her, and would seem to prefer a state-run press that does what it's told. Or perhaps she prefers Fox News, which is very much like a state-run media outlet in some authoritarian state, propagandizing the Republican Party line, and which is very much on her side, or any other right-wing outlet that won't embarrass her by actually putting her on the spot.

She's not just deeply crazy, you see, she's deeply un-American. So is much of the right, which is why she's so popular even now (though trailing Reid in the polls), but Nevadans would do well to reject her with conviction in November.

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