Local media are scratching their heads after Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle invited them to a press conference, but refused to even acknowledge their presence when they tried to ask her questions after the event ended.
Angle, who is looking to defeat Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, has been avoiding the media for weeks. The New York Times‘ Brian Stelter traveled to Nevada several weeks ago to dig deeper into the story.
“I can’t remember a time that we’ve ever had trouble with interviews,” Mary Beth Farrell, the news director at KRNV, the local NBC affiliate told Stelter. “Especially with people running for office – they usually beat our door down.”
Angle has granted several interviews to what some may call media outlets who could be more sympathetic to her campaign, however, the frequency in which she gives interviews or answers any questions from the media is well below what is considered normal for a Senate candidate.
Some have asked if Angle’s tactic of avoiding the media, or controlling her interviews to a few outlets and delivering messaging via social media channels can work. What do you think?