by Max Brantley
Cotton’s media strategy has made it difficult for local news outlets to offer his constituents any substantive thoughts from their senator on potential changes to their health coverage, or on his role in shaping an Obamacare replacement.Well, yeah. Among those who were critical of the senator was the writer of this blog, though I thought I was relatively understanding of my special status. I'm on the darkest end of Cotton's blacklist as a critic of his politics. He won't talk to me. He won't talk to anyone who works for the Arkansas Times, no matter how straight the reporter. His taxpayer-paid staff won't respond with even a prepared statement to the most innocuous question. Other reporters might get a prepared statement now and again. Real interviews are rare, mostly to be found on the Sinclair-owned KATV in Little Rock. National conservative media — Hugh Hewitt, Laura Ingraham — are also favored. The article notes approvingly some recent tough columns by John Brummett of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on Cotton's silence.
Caroline Rabbitt, Cotton’s communications director, did not respond to CJR’s questions about Cotton’s media practices.PS — In