Rep. Mia Love held “open office hours” last week and the media applauded her for her accessibility and innovation in listening to constituents. The representative mentioned safety concerns, and said that she “can’t raise Utah’s voice if [she] can’t hear over the clutter,” a reference to rowdy town halls and an excuse for why she won’t hold one.

This weeklong event was a nice PR stunt for her; she used the media to tell her story about the threats she has received and to amplify her message about how raucous constituents at town halls leave no room for dialogue. Now she can point to the flattering media coverage and pat herself on the back for being an accessible politician.