January 29, 2018

HE IS DONALD:

Sanders Backs Out of Interview After Failing to Dictate Conditions (PAUL HEINTZ, JAN 29, 2018, 7 Days)

A spokesman for Sanders, Daniel McLean, called the reporter Sunday evening to offer up an interview with his boss the next morning. McLean said Sanders could make time for a brief interview after appearing at a press conference at Burlington International Airport and before boarding a plane to Washington, D.C. 

But McLean made clear that two subjects would be off the table: Sanders, the spokesman said, was not interested in answering questions about "political gossip" nor about the senator's family. He did not elaborate on either condition. (Sanders' wife, Jane O'Meara Sanders, has been under scrutiny by federal prosecutors over her role leading the now-defunct Burlington college. His stepdaughter, Carina Driscoll, is running for mayor of Burlington.)

The reporter informed McLean that Seven Days does not allow politicians to set such restrictions in exchange for access. He also noted that it would be impossible to ask substantive, policy-oriented questions in such a brief exchange. 

On Monday morning, as Sanders arrived at the airport press conference, McLean reneged on the offer. 

Posted by at January 29, 2018 4:52 PM

  

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