Thursday, October 23, 2008

Why the Media's Mistreatment of Sarah Palin is So Important

The mainstream media and liberal/progressive blogosphere's grossly unfair treatment of Sarah Palin is not really an issue in this years campaign, at least as far as I'm concerned. Governor Palin herself has rarely complained and it does go with the territory. When you are plucked out of nowhere and placed in center stage the media is going to investigate, research and then test the new star.

And frankly, she did scare the heck out of the Democrats and Obama supporters with good cause. Barack Obama's egotistical elimination of Hillary Clinton as Vice President rubbed millions of Americans the wrong way. The left believed that McCain's Vice Presidential pick had to be destroyed in order to keep the Democrat faithful in the fold.

I do not fault any Democrat or liberal/progressive pundit or blogger for their full throated objection to everything Sarah Palin represents. Hell, it's just good politics.

What is really important is what many are calling the "death of modern journalism." When our journalists consciously make a decision to throw the election to one candidate over another, we are genuinely lost as a society.

But make no mistake, journalism is dead. Deader than a doornail. And Sarah Palin is the poster child. It all happened when the mainstream media decided to become the tabloid media. Not one reporter ever made even a pretend passing effort to actually investigate Palin, instead 100% of the effort was to dig up dirt, find embarrassing skeletons in the closet or outright fabricate totally false stories that make the Brothers Grimm look like non-fiction writers.

This all finally got to be too much for Newt Gingrich last night and he literally exploded in one of the most brilliant rants I've even been privileged to hear. Both the video and the copy follow. And Gingrich is 100% correct in every word he utters.

The elite media's attack on Governor Palin again and again has been factually wrong, intellectually dishonest, totally biased, worthy of the Polish State news media attacking Lech Walesa back in the 1980's. I mean this is the type of deliberate, vicious, dishonest, total distortion of who Governor Palin is including by the way, the Saturday Night Live Skit some of which by the way, I think were slander and were worthy of a lawsuit.

And, I think the American people should realize that the elite media on the Left is so desperate to elect Barack Obama that the view they are giving you of Governor Palin is fundamentally a falsehood. And, the one you saw from CNN is so outrageous that they owe her an absolute apology. But frankly, Katie Couric misquoted Henry Kissinger, earlier than that, ABC News misquoted the Bush Doctrine. Again and again you've seen elite reporters do things that were false in order to try to make Governor Palin look bad...

If you would look at the coverage Michelle Obama has gotten and the coverage that Cindy McCain has gotten you have to believe that the fix is in. When you look at the magazine covers, the pictures that were taken, again and again, over and over for the last year we have been brainwashed, propagandized, insultingly lectured by the news media. If you look what happened to Joe the Plumber... Now, I haven't seen anyone from the elite media do a live broadcast from the non-existent Katie's Restaurant to point out that Joe Biden is just out of touch with reality. He's either dishonest or has a total memory lapse about his hometown. Yet, nobody notices it. Again and again there were 14 factual mistakes by Biden in the vice-presidential debate. Nobody said that disqualified him. This has been a totally one-sided campaign where the news media has been the best ally that Barack Obama has gotten. And we ought to be honest about it. There's no pretense, not a shred of neutrality on the part of the major networks or The New York Times...

I've been thinking about having one of my researchers look at every single elite media interview of Governor Palin to see if any of them asked her how she gave $1300 a person back to Alaskans as a tax break, how she negotiated and got so much money out of Big Oil, how she worked out the deal for the natural gas pipeline, or anything of substance about how she shaped an $11 billion budget involving 29,000 employees of the state government.

I don't believe by the best of my knowledge that there has been a single question by an elite television journalist about her actual career in Alaska.

And, I think it is the most insulting. I can't say this too strongly. This is like watching Pravda.

This is a one-sided vicious unending dishonest campaign.

GayPatriotWest (B. Daniel Blatt) also has an excellent article on the same issues. Be sure to link on over and read MSM More Interested in Palin Gossip than her Record


Unknown said...

While I fully agree with Newt and I am very glad you link the video. I am getting scared of things like this:

Bob Keller said...

lee, I am too. My major entry this next week will be on the economy and why Barack Obama combined with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid could, and very well may, destroy our economy.

I want to repeat, we are looking toward a major DEPRESSION that will rival the 1930's. And Obama's stated plans are exactly wrong prescription.

Stella by Starlight said...

Please forget the politics and accept your award, Wizard.

Francis Deblauwe said...

Ironic cartoon at the Reasons To Be Cheerful, Part 3 blog: ""

Vigilante said...

For Lee:

I treasure my 401 tax break, too. But my country first. You vote for your wallet. I vote for the common good. That's the difference between us.

Unknown said...

For Vigilante,

I guess in your own mind that makes some kind of sense.