AllahPundit notes that Sarah Palin used the media to spread the message far and wide that she was taking a bus tour, only to freeze out journalists once the tour began.
She needed the media to help put the word out about the bus tour, but once that mission was accomplished, she made SarahPAC a near-exclusive outlet for coverage.... It’s very much Palin’s M.O. to want to reach her supporters directly, without any media filter, so that makes sense.
That raises the question:
Why not announce her itinerary in advance on the SarahPAC website?
Having huge crowds of supporters waiting to meet her at each stop would make for dynamite photo ops, especially in contrast to the palpable lack of excitement surrounding Romney and Pawlenty.
Could be she’s worried that announcing the schedule in advance would also bring out the Palin critics, but that’s an unavoidable risk for any pol making a public appearance. Plus, her supporters are famously more devoted than most politicians’; I’d bet cash money that the cheers from local supporters would swamp any boos along the way.
Why not give them a heads up?