July 14th, 2010
02:19 PM ET
12 years ago

Angle on refusing 'mainstream media' interviews: 'There's no earnings for me'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/14/art.sharronangle.file6.gi.jpg caption =" Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle is explained Wednesday why she routinely refuses to do mainstream media interviews. "]Washington (CNN) - Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle is explaining why she routinely refuses to do mainstream media interviews, saying that "there's no earnings for me there."

The Republican made the comments to David Brody of The Christian Broadcasting Network in an interview on Tuesday. Angle is battling to oust Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the November election.

"People say that I went 'dark.' I didn't," Angle said. "I have done over 60 interviews. I quit counting a couple of weeks ago. But the whole point of an interview is to use it like they say, 'earned media,' to earn something with it. And I'm not going to earn anything from people who are there to badger me and use my words to batter me with."

The candidate went on to explain how mainstream media interviews won't pay off for her campaign politically – or financially.

"Well I say I need a million people with $25 dollars and so that's really been the focus of using all that earned media to earn that $25 that we need to go really and be competitive in this race and so that's what we've been doing so we're not hiding,' she said.

Later, Angle asked this about "mainstream media" outlets: "Well, in that audience will they let me say I need $25 dollars from a million people go to Sharron Angle.com send money?"

Since winning Nevada's GOP primary, Angle has often granted interviews with conservative, largely friendly media outlets. But that is not so different from other political candidates who also, frequently, steer clear of potentially hostile interviews from journalists they deem unfriendly.

Angle has done at least one high-profile mainstream interview, with political journalist Jon Ralston on the Nevada program, Face to Face on KVBC in Las Vegas and KRNV in Reno.

Speaking with CNN, Ralston criticized Angle's stance on who she grants interviews to.

When reminded that Angle is employing a tactic that is similar to other politicians, Ralston said: "Every time a politician goes on TV they certainly hope that it will help them rather than hurt them…But you rarely hear politicians so explicitly say, 'I go and do interviews so I can get money for my campaign.' I've never seen anyone say that."

As for Angle's opponent, Sen. Reid, Ralston said, "Does he avoid people he thinks are hostile? I would guess so. But he can't avoid everybody and he does do a press [conference] very frequently on Capitol Hill."

In Angle's June 29 interview with Ralston, she denied critics claims that she's avoided reporters by hiding in an "underground bunker."

But Angle has avoided reporter questions at some times.

At a recent event in Nevada, a local television reporter pressed Angle on some of her controversial past comments on "getting out of…Social Security" and eliminating the Environmental Protection Agency.

Angle initially answered the reporter's questions, saying that she advocates a transition to personalized accounts for Social Security and blasting the EPA's role in the Gulf Coast oil spill.

Then Angle appeared to become angry with the reporter. She was pressed to explain her comment that, "If this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies and saying, 'My goodness, what can we do to turn this country around?'"

Angle refused to answer that question, prompting the reporter to chase her on foot outside the event. That scene, caught on tape, sparked a viral video on the internet.

In her interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Angle explained her campaign's logic behind answering some reporters' questions, while refusing to interview with others.

"We're looking at how can we best benefit from the media," she said.

Reid's campaign is responding to Angle's comments.

"It's interesting that she finally admits that she's dodging mainstream media," Reid campaign spokesman Jon Summers told CNN.

Summers criticized Angle's positions on Social Security, the EPA and on other items.

"At some point Nevada voters are going to expect some answers on all those issues," he said.

"If you want to be a senator, you've got to be willing to talk to all of your constituents."


Filed under: 2010 • Nevada • Sharron Angle
soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. Len

    Ms. Angle wants to store nuclear waste in proximity to Las Vegas which the majority of Nevadans oppose. She wants to privatize Social Security. Imagine your retirement in the recent Stock Market crash? She wants to eliminate the EPA. Remember when smog was so bad it hurt to breathe? Imagine Lake Erie dead again. She wants to eliminate the Department of Education. So much for No Child Left Behind. Just who is stupid enough to buy into any of these ideas? I know Harry Reid is a hated man. But Harry is not a wacko! Whats next, Mel Gibson for Governor? Lindsay Lohan for head of the DEA? Its time we stopped electing people that are better suited to a reality show than to politics. Ever since Sarah Palin came on the national scene it seems that the public is more interested in the 5 second sound bite than any concrete and well thought out ideas. Our country needs serious people who have some idea of how to correct our problems. Enough with the Grizzly Moms shooting guns or the wacky accusations accusing anyone who does not agree with a right wing agenda that they are Nazis, Communists, Socialists or are the biggest threat to America since our country was founded. I'm sick of the name calling and absurd political agendas. We need intelligent and serious candidates who are willing to debate their political philosophies in the light of day. For everyone to see and here. So Ms. Angle, Ms Palin, Ms Whitman and all you other candidates. Come out of the shadows and debate your views. Lets see what you are made of. Or are you afraid that your views won't stand up to the light of day.
    If you are right, we'll see it for the truth. If you are wrong, we will all see that. But if you hide from reporters and your political adversaries you show us all the truth behind your rhetoric. Prove me wrong. Answer the questions and forget the slick television ads. We are all hungry for the truth. If Obama is a Socialist, prove it. If all the most trusted economic experts were wrong about government spending to prevent another depression then prove it. We will listen if you are right. But come out of the shadows. Meg Whitman is a prime example. She has been challenged to 10 debates with Jerry Brown. She has said she will attend one. Whats the matter Meg? Afraid of Jerry Brown? Your ads proclaim him a loser. Why would you fear a loser? Or is all of it just paid for television spin?

    July 14, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. Kat

    Sharron Angle won't take mainstream media interview opportunities because she knows she'd get torn apart and her threadbare political career would be over. This woman is out of her league.

    July 14, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. ATL Guy

    She's a hot bag of mess. Symptomatic of all the women coming out of the Republican Party this year. Seems like this bunch of Mama Grizzlies got some serious case of rabies.

    July 14, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. Thomas

    In other words, she doesn't want to go toe to toe, face to face with anyone who disagrees with her.

    She just wants softball interviews from biased media sources that masquerade as journalists.

    For someone who wants to be elected to represent the people of Nevada, she is sure doing everything in her power to alienate everyone that isn't already going to vote for her just because she has an (R) after her name.

    Nevadans deserve better than this self-serving, extremist lunatic.

    July 14, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. roro

    Apparently she's afraid to answer the hard questions about some of the ridiculous things she's said in the past. She can't keep dodging reporters and expect to get elected by those people in Nevada who are not members of the lunatic fringe that Angle is a part of and is playing to. At least I would hope not.

    July 14, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. Nathaniel

    The mainstream media should put a disclaimer before and after any PAID ads she puts on their stations that say that she refuses to be interviewed by their station and that they are required to put her ads on TV.

    July 14, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. ART

    The Grand Wizard of the Tea party has spoken, stupid incompetent woman that she is. I cannot beleive that in this day and age we have these nincompoops running for public office

    July 14, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. elhaji

    as the saying goes,no guts no gloty.

    July 14, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If she can't face the media that challenges her, how can she face Reid in debates. If she is only playing to people who already like her, she is doomed to fail unless she can get everyone who likes her to vote and all who would vote for Reid to stay home.

    July 14, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  10. Tre

    Hey Shannon Travis, why don't you now do a story on why Obama will not take questions from the media or go on hard hitting interviews??? Of course you won't. Sad isn't it?

    July 14, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. bbrooker

    Another beast/plague/misery released to the world thanks to people claiming to be patriots. I wonder if Susan B Anthony ever envisioned our political landscape would be dotted with such miserably cold and unfeeling women in politics like Angle, Brewer, Palin, and Bachmann.

    July 14, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Olaf Big

    It is really sad that division between Republicans and Democrats in so many races is looking more and more like a line between the Neanderthals and Homo sapiens. Where are solid, thinking, intelligent conservatives in the mold of Bob Dole, Colin Powell, George Bush senior? In a state like Nevada, Harry Reid would be an easy target, if Republicans good produce a candidate with a functioning brain.

    July 14, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. Sandy

    As a Nevada voter, I don't watch or listen to any of those folks she "interviews" with. How does she expect to get the message out to us "regular" folks.....you know, the non right wing wack jobs?

    July 14, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. GL

    She is a real whack job.

    July 14, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. chelle

    Who in their right minds would vote for this woman?? Right-leaning or left-leaning, you have to admit this person is a moron.....

    July 14, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. Bob, Virginia

    So not only is "Right" Angle a nutbag, she's a gutless coward, too.

    July 14, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  17. Jess C

    This woman flat out has nothing of value to say, that's She's only comfortable in front of those who don't challenge her. Is this the level of intelligence NV is willing to accept? Sure hope not; very irrational choice if so.

    July 14, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  18. Peter s

    Half of the time this delusional moron! doesn't know what she is talking about! and thats why she hiding from real journalist. It's easier for her to have interviews with former bar tenders

    July 14, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. Tom in Las Vegas

    Sharron Angle really is the gift that keeps on giving. There's a reason she couldn't win a Republic primary for a state legislature seat a few years ago, her views don't fit in with independent voters. She has the right wing patter down pat, which drew the Tea Party supporters, but a lot of mainstream Republicans will have trouble supporting her. I hope Harry Reid remembered to send Sarah Palin a thank you note. If it weren't for her the Republicans would have been able to put forth a candidate with a much better chance of winning.

    July 14, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. brian

    What she is really saying is that I do not want to be made to look like a bigger moron than I have already shown myself to be.

    July 14, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. Angel in No Angel, Nor is she the Right Angle, She's simply . . .

    An ignorant coward bent on imposing her perverted view of democracy on Nevada.

    July 14, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. Rob Johnson

    Just like most conservatives, Angle isn't interested in doing anything unless there is something in it for her. Sounds like she has read "The Virtue of Selfishness" by conservative icon Ayn Rand.

    No wonder she is the darling of the Tea Party Movement.

    July 14, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. Bob of Lompoc

    She's the same as Palin – doesn't know who is buried in Grant's Tomb and doesn't want to learn. I'll bet she can see Russia from Hoover Dam.

    July 14, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. Adelita

    She may not make Reid look good, but she certainly makes him look "least worst".

    July 14, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. MrPragmatic

    Another gutless Republican. If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

    July 14, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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