I commented in the last post about Paul and John's attempts to clue broadcaster Larry Kane in on trouble that was happening to them in 1965. I found another example in 1965 of Paul talking with a teenage girl reporter and how his tone was NOT flirty as has been suggested but was more a desperate attempt to reach out to someone he thought might be able to help him.
The girl reporter was Ruth Anson who was one of two teenagers chosen from a pool of 3,000 applicants to be a "teen beat" reporter for ABC news in Los Angeles.
The relevant clip can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54mHF1SW3w0 at 0:30-0:34.
Ms. Anson asked Paul: "Paul, any definite plans for marriage coming up soon?"
Paul answered: "No, unless you'll marry me now."
It would seem as though he was talking playfully, but there is a sense of desperation in the tone of his voice.
So what was going on here? I found a passage in Larry Kane's book, Ticket To Ride where he summed up The Beatles' attitudes toward the fans and press and that was, "Trust and love the fans and be wary of the press." I think it's very possible that Paul saw a chance to reach out to the press by way of a young fan-reporter, if she was flattered by his comment and continued to talk with him. Unfortunately, Ms. Anson took the comment playfully and the opportunity for Paul was lost.