Sharron Angle: Press Should "Report The News The Way We Want It To Be Reported"

August 03, 2010 10:52 am ET — Alan Pyke

Sharron Angle stands for some radical ideas when it comes to government. Those stances have made her a media favorite, because she's always good for a sound bite about her view that unemployment insurance has "spoiled our citizenry," or her plan for Social Security to be "transitioned out" and replaced with "free market alternatives."

Or she would be, if she weren't so busy running away from reporters.

Yesterday in a Fox News profile of Angle's surprising primary win and the right-wing ideology that shapes her campaign, we got some insight into Angle's ostrich-inspired media strategy. She told Fox's Carl Cameron why she ignores the "free press" and seeks out conservative propaganda peddlers:

Angle: We needed to have the press be our friend.

Cameron: Wait a minute. Hold on a second. To be your friend?

Angle: Well, truly—

Cameron: That sounds naive.

Angle: Well, no. 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, and when I get on a show and I say, 'Send money to Sharron Angle Dot Com,' so that your listeners will know that if they wanna support me, they need to go to Sharron Angle Dot Com.

Cameron: Alright, alright.

The idea that the press should "report the news the way we want it to be reported" — rather than, you know, how things actually happened — is chilling to say the least. It proves that Sharron Angle is afraid of a clear-eyed analysis of her agenda.

Sharron Angle sees no reason to answer pressing questions about her positions on (as Cameron put it) "abolishing the EPA and much of the tax code, and banning all abortions" because "it may be part of God's plan if rape victims get pregnant." All the people need to know is where to send their checks.

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