The Palin Model

by Patrick Appel

Drum believes that political candidates will shun the press in greater and greater numbers:

I'm putting my money on the Palin-ization of politics. Partly this is because the mainstream press is dying anyway, and partly it's because Palin and others are demonstrating that you really don't need conventional press coverage to win. In fact, as Rand Paul and Sharron Angle can testify, it's a real risk. Between YouTube and Twitter and Facebook and blogs and friendly talk radio hosts as well as more conventional things like TV ads and database-driven phone outreach who needs the New York Times? Increasingly, I'll bet the answer is, no one.