Dowd Dumped From Straight Talk Express

Times scribe banned after Palin diss; stranded in Pittsburgh
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2008 10:03 AM CDT
"New York Times" columnist Maureen Dowd speaks during a taping of "Meet the Press"' at the NBC studios in Washington earlier this year.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Straight talk not only got New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd banned from the McCain-Palin campaign planes, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, it got her marooned in Pittsburgh. After writing a scathing satire of Sarah Palin's candidacy—harsh but hardly unprecedented for the gleefully snarky writer—a stunned Dowd was left behind in the middle of a campaign swing, forcing her to overnight in a local hotel while the rest of the press pack traveled on.