Stopping by the Sunday-morning chat shows once seemed like a prerequisite for any politician seeking national office. But Sarah Palin broke that tradition during the 2008 campaign by skipping all the Sunday shows — a marked contrast to her running mate John McCain, who’s long been a permanent fixture on the political chat circuit.
Palin has certainly kept her name out there since 2008, however, with high-profile speaking gigs, regularly posting endorsements and policy positions on Facebook and Twitter, and writing a best-selling book.
But the Big Three network Sunday shows continue to be shut out. Palin, a Fox News contributor, made her first Sunday-show appearance on “Fox News Sunday” in February but still hasn’t appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” ABC’s “This Week,” or CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
ABC’s Jake Tapper, interim host of “This Week,” is trying to change that, and is going after a Palin booking in an unorthodox way: over Twitter. Yesterday, he wrote: “I’d hope @SarahPalinUSA fans might want her to broaden her reach by coming on #ThisWeek, talk politics and policy. #PalinThisWeek.” Tapper, in a later tweet, said that if Palin doesn’t think the media is covering the flotilla incident in Israel adequately, she can always discuss the matter on “This Week” (hint hint). And Tapper has also engaged over Twitter with Palin supporters, despite Palin’s own frequent complaints about the many faults of the “lamestream media.” Continue reading here.