Free Sarah Palin
It's true that shielding Sarah Palin from the press has a two-fold effect. First, of course, she can't get herself into trouble because she's not saying anything. But two - and this is the part I think the media is playing right into - it creates such a low expectation of what she really will say, once the VP debate rolls around, that we can all fairly expect the same type of insipid reaction that folks had to her acceptance speech.
She's not an idiot, and she can be prepped on some things she doesn't know. But in a free form press conference, she's likely to have to say something like, "That's a good question and I'll have to get back to you on that," or as the right would say, be subject to "gotcha" questions and the like.
I have to assume that this shielding is all part of an expectations game; I'm hopeful that it won't work. In the meantime, CNN and others are getting indignant about things. They need to remember the way they have been treated when they do their 'unbiased' analysis of the debates and the coverage from now until Election Day.
Here's Campbell Brown pleading with the McCain campaign to Free Sarah Palin. Knowing that Brown is married to the former Communications Director for George W. Bush makes me wonder what's going on here (and isn't that a shame) but her message on its own is pretty hard to argue with: