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Reporter's Notebook: Speech notes – Not just for the public (access required)

By Caitlin Coakley I have to say, I don’t understand all the fuss over teleprompters stirred by Palin’s snarky remarks at the National Tea Party Convention. I could go the route of mocking her own scribbled hand-notes, but it’s already been done by every late-night host much funnier than I am (and the simple fact that “lift American spirit” was one of the notes is funnier than any quip I could possibly think up). Instead I’m just going to quietly boggle at the idea that using notes — electronically scrolled behind the cameras or the less “elitist” magic marker palm-o-prompter — means a speaker is somehow a fraud.

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