Friday, April 18, 2008

Will More Become Less?

For an interesting report on how the Barack Obama "bitter" remarks came to be reported, see Bill Bradley here (hat tip: Michael Barone).

The fact that Sen. Obama's comments were leaked by a supporter and blogger attending what was thought to be a private, off the record, gathering, may have significant consequences for candidates and campaigns. Mr. Bradley concludes:

Private space just got a bit smaller. That might mean that more will get a virtual backstage pass as a result. Or it may just mean that politics will become even more stage managed and less candid.

Indeed. Haven't we now reached a point at which a person, especially a public person, must assume that anything he or she says anywhere might end up on the internet? In some ways, that is a very stifling reality.


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