It needs to be remarked in this forum that Rick David, McCain's campaign manager, admitted to a double standard and committed a Kinsley gaffe by saying that princess Palin will be sequestered until the press treats her with "respect and deference."
The double standard: Palin is entitled to deference, but not HRC who was reviled in the press from the time she was first lady. Palin requires deference, but not Obama, who has been scrutinized almost to the breaking point? (as well he should be)
The gaffe: A candidate for office is not to entitled to "deference" from the press. The press's responsibility, often abdicated, is to shine as much daylight as possible on the views, and behavior of those who propose to lead us. By suggesting that Palin can't face the scrutiny, and answer questions even during the friendliest of softball interviews, Davis is letting us know that Palin isn't fit to be vice president.
That's all there is to it.