Following is a response that Opinion Editor Kevin Richert/Statesman got from the campaign of Rep. Joe Palmer, R-Meridian (pictured), who had been invited to an Editorial Board interview: “Joe is extremely busy running several companies and doesn’t have time to meet with media. He apologizes and appreciates your willingness to post his answers to the questionnaire. Though he doesn’t often meet with media, he always makes time for his constituents.” That’s his prerogative, and with more than 30 contested races in May, it’s not like we’re hurting for candidates to interview. I just don’t understand the distinction between making time for constituents and making time for constituents who can listen to an interview, unedited. Sounds like a copout/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question (from Kevin Richert): “Do you think differently of public officials who decline (media) interviews (especially ones offered by newspaper editorial boards)?