June 14, 2011

Will the "lamestream" journalists now look straight into the camera and proclaim Sarah Palin a media genius?

"The Daily Show" had a great montage of the idiotic media excitement over Sarah Palin's email.

A few thoughts:

1. This intense eagerness to get Sarah Palin for whatever it is she might have done on line unfolded concurrently with all the attention that had to be paid to Anthony Weiner for his on-line antics. What we can't see is the agony the poor journalists must have endured as Weiner's wienerisms hurt the Democratic Party just when they stood ready to damage the Republican Party with Sarah's misdeeds. And then — oh, how awful! — they got nothing from Sarah. Nothing but hard work and — urrrgghhh! — good government and — damn! — family values.

2. The fact that there was nothing was actually news, and the journalists should have protected their integrity — appearance of integrity — by reporting the nothing with clarity. In the run up to the receipt of the boxes of xeroxes, air time was devoted to speculating about what might be in those emails. Most notable — it's in the middle of the "Daily Show" montage — was the suspicion that the governor's husband was secretly running the show, pulling the strings. (You know, the shameful sexism.) But there was absolutely nothing that looked at all like that. Maybe there's another montage that could be made of these reporters spelling out clearly what was disproved by the emails. But I think what they did was dribble out statements like "no smoking gun yet" — seemingly expecting that we'd gradually lose interest and move on to something else.

3. Let's credit Sarah Palin for phenomenal, hilarious restraint. She knew there was nothing that would hurt her in there. She resisted the disclosure for legitimate privacy reasons, but she had to also know that the revelation of nothingness would backfire on her disgustingly salivating opponents. Her designation of them as "lamestream media" is vividly vindicated. And, because there was nothing, the invasion of her privacy looks especially unkind. Finally, she knew that the most interesting thing in the big box was the full text of the letter from God. She'd edited it down for publication in her memoir "Going Rogue." It might have seemed maudlin to reprint the whole thing at that point. But now we get the entire missive, and we're stunned and weeping. Oh, Sarah! The idiot is a genius!

76 comments:

Fred4Pres said...

They will never praise Sarah Palin. Never.

Fred4Pres said...

Gereghty quipped last night that he was waiting for Sarah Palin's bus to bust through the back wall of the GOP debate.

MadisonMan said...

Wow, the things I miss when I don't watch Cable News.

That is a great montage the Daily Show put together.

MadisonMan said...

And this is just another example of how the press is a bunch of lemmings. Why work on something interesting if your competitor is doing something else that might "scoop" you?

Sloanasaurus said...

The Daily show is like Monty Python and the Holy Grail... more fun to talk about than to actually watch.

Still the media has done damage to Palin. I know a lot of conservatives who think she is dumb... even though they are not sure why... (its because the media told them so).

In contrast the media can't let up about how smart Obama is... even though his policies and the results are double-dumb.

Henry said...

It's Geraldo Rivera in Al Capone's vaults, but this time he finds a bible.

Scott M said...

Maybe there's another montage that could be made of these reporters spelling out clearly what was disproved by the emails.

You're assuming they teach enough in journalism school these days to allow their grads to do anything clearly, let alone spell.

Oh, Sarah! The idiot is a genius!

hmmm

GMay said...

I welcome the MSM's hastening of its own demise. Keep it up guys, you're at rock bottom and your jackhammer is ready to go.

Scott M said...

The Daily show is like Monty Python and the Holy Grail... more fun to talk about than to actually watch.

BLASPHEME! PERSECUTE! KILL THE HERETIC!

Chase said...

Sarah Palin is just a normal human being with the constant media/liberal fascination/hatred towards her reminding us of something:

how the self-righteous elite of another day, the Scribes and Pharisees, were constantly thwarted and made to look so ridiculous by Jesus Christ.

He had the last laugh, too.

Scott M said...

It's Geraldo Rivera in Al Capone's vaults, but this time he finds a bible.

Do you think its been long enough that even his friends have stopped making jokes about it? If it were my wife, every time I misplace my car keys it would come up, regardless of how long ago it was.

Cedarford said...

Problem I have with fairly juvenile catcalls like "Rethuglicans", "Lamestream media", "DemonCrats", "Chimpy", "Our Muslim President" - is it doesn't brand the target.
It brands the person saying it as a certain sort of idealogue.

Maguro said...

I seem to remember a certain garage mahal was VERY excited about these emails. Wonder what he has to say about all this.

TMink said...

People continue to misunderestimate her. It gives me great, great joy.

Trey

GMay said...

"BLASPHEME! PERSECUTE! KILL THE HERETIC!"

Should have been a more witch-oriented response. Python fail!

Scott M said...

Should have been a more witch-oriented response. Python fail!

I couldn't make the witch call without my largest scales.

Hoosier Daddy said...

A shame President Clean and Articulate wasn't scrutinized in such a manner.

Bob_R said...

I don't know if SP is a genius, but I can spot a bunch of credentialed idiots when I see them. (I work in academia. I have lots of experience.)

traditionalguy said...

I just recalled that scandal of all scandals when the visiting Kenyan Pastor spoke at a Church where he asked for group prayer for Sarah's protection from witchcraft. Well as General Patton said about the Chaplain who wrote his "weather prayer" to help get the 101 AB at Bastogne's relieved before it was too late, that Pastor must have been well connected in Heaven. Since then, the war focused on, over and upon Sarah Palin's career has been more than the usual politics.

AprilApple said...

I want to see all of Weiner's e-mails. Also, Barney Frank's e-mail, Chris Dodd's e-mail, Nancy Pelosi's e-mail, etc...
We all want to see the tape of the 'unseen but nonetheless famous video tape in which Obama toasted Rashid Khalidi at a testimonial dinner likely also addressed by Bill Ayers.'

I'd like our media to do their job. Alas, the only job they think they have is to act as cover-up and protectors for their candidates – and to endlessly harass one female politician.

chickenlittle said...

Sarah Palin deserves but needs no praise and the journalists deserve but need no scorn.

Virtue is its own reward which hypocrisy dearly funds; it's like a redistribution of moral wealth.

Shouting Thomas said...

When will Republicans get it?

Palin is the most fear and hated opponent of the Democrats.

They do not fear her because she is unelectable.

Quit buying into the Tom Sawyer game.

I don't know why Palin is such a threat to the Democrats, but I'm looking forward to the endgame and finally finding out.

AllenS said...

Henry said...
It's Geraldo Rivera in Al Capone's vaults, but this time he finds a bible.

Well put.

Hey Cedarford, how about this one:

lamestreamgarage

MadisonMan said...

I want to see all of Weiner's e-mails. Also, Barney Frank's e-mail, Chris Dodd's e-mail, Nancy Pelosi's e-mail, etc...

Then request them.

Alternatively, and this will take time, create an environment where it seems -- seems -- something blockbusterish is in them.

tfmaguire42 said...

As with George Bush, not only is Sarah Palin far better than her critics give her credit for, she is far better than her critics.

tim maguire

Hagar said...

I was sruck by this posting on another board:

Jim Vandehei of Politico, on Morning Joe today:"If you talk to any single reporter at any media organization that we're aware of, I don't think that anyone thinks she can be president or should be president."

What the heck? Bias is one thing - you can't escape that - but since when is it a reporter's job to decide on which candidates we may choose between and actively work to winnow the field to meet with their approval?

chickenlittle said...

Maguro said...
I seem to remember a certain garage mahal was VERY excited about these emails. Wonder what he has to say about all this.

He'll deny it and challenge you to link to a specific comment as per usual.

Seeing Red said...

No no no U don't understand


The smoking gun to finally rid them of the meddlesome priest is in the redacted information.............



That's how some of them are comforting themselves.

And some British leftie loon thought the State of Alaska helped in the coverup of the em about Trig.

She didn't write it then, she wrote it after the fact.

Shouting Thomas said...

What the heck? Bias is one thing - you can't escape that - but since when is it a reporter's job to decide on which candidates we may choose between and actively work to winnow the field to meet with their approval?

The Dems fear and hate this woman.

They do not fear and hate her because she cannot be elected.

That's the Tom Sawyer game.

NYTNewYorker said...

Sarah Palin=Jeffersonian ideal of citizen politician.

This is why the "Elites" on both sides despise her but rank and file Americans love her.

The path forward for Governor Sarah Palin is wide open now, thank you MSM.

chickenlittle said...

Hagar wrote: ...but since when is it a reporter's job to decide on which candidates we may choose between and actively work to winnow the field to meet with their approval?

There's a simple, almost physical mechanism at play here. A chemist will appreciate an analogy to thermodynamics versus kinetics:

Let's suppose that the electorate is in a state X and desires to move to a point X'. Having failed to block or impede the pathway from X to X', certain reporters and influenzal bloggers are now trying to change and define the goal itself, X'. They hope that by making the goal X' seem so unattainable or impossibly high-cost in energy, the body electorate will tire and seek a pathway of lower resistance.

DADvocate said...
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DADvocate said...

Sarah may or may not be a genius. But, she's certainly a lot smarter than most journalist.

The MSM thought there'd be bad stuff in the emails because they judge others based on their knowledge of themselves. (Journolist, etc.) The thought of normal, wholesome people is pure fantasy to them.

rick said...

I was waiting for someone to label this search as stalking ... someone finally did.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303714704576383633653034922.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEFTSecond

Roman said...

This is similar to a tree falling in a forest with no one to hear it.

If you are looking for dirt and there is none found, will anyone report it correctly? Apology? Very doubtful.

As someone much smarter than me said: 'They might not be wrong, just short on being right.'

kcom said...

The MSM thought there'd be bad stuff in the emails because they judge others based on their knowledge of themselves. (Journolist, etc.) The thought of normal, wholesome people is pure fantasy to them.

Good point. I'd forgotten about some of the vile stuff in the Journolist archives.

And I'm still waiting for the Journolist dump that Althouse promised to write about when it became available. Why isn't it available yet? Reading that would surely be more useful than reading the emails of a governor who hasn't been governor for quite awhile. Meanwhile all those Journolisters are still out there "shaping" the news.

Seeing Red said...

So if a white conservative did this bit and chose to portray the LSM as a junkie while a black newscaster is on screen, would that be considered (subliminal) racism?

Bit begins around 4:40.

Joe said...

(The Crypto Jew)



Please let me do the work of absent friends and speed things along. Palin:
• Stoopit;
• A Quitter
• A Religious Fanatic;
• A Moocher;
• A threat to Public Safety on the Hi-ways;
• A Joooo-Lover (for Cedarford); and
• Unelectable.
It’s important to quickly and efficiently clear out the undergrowth that needs to cleared or said, so we can move onto the REAL issues, “Who is Trig’s REAL mother?”

John Orzechowski said...

I see a T-shirt:

"I spent the weekend going through Sarah's email and all I got was this letter from God"

Steve Koch said...

Yeah, it is hard to read the "Letter from God" about Trig without shedding a tear.

kcom said...

Let's credit Sarah Palin for phenomenal, hilarious restraint.

An excellent point. If she'd been whining right up to the moment the emails were released it would have detracted from the impact of her public relations victory. Even if the outcome was the same, and nothing was found, it would have set the wrong tone. But by standing sublimely above it all, and getting on with her life, she avoided wallowing in the muck that the lamestreamers have splattered all over themselves.

Cedarford said...

Shouting Thomas - "
The Dems fear and hate this woman.

They do not fear and hate her because she cannot be elected."

===================
No, sometimes the answer is a lot simpler.
When Jesse!! was running, moderate-conservatives hated and feared the man. Not because he was electable, but from where they stood, Jesse was a hatable person and had beliefs and policies they feared.

Progressive Jews hated and feared Dubya, Cheney, and Pat Buchanan.

Gays hate and fear many traditional values politicians.

But you don't need to be electable or even feared to be hated. Sometimes just being a Sharron Angle or Anthony Weiner is enough in itself.

Joe said...

(The Crypto Jew)

Anthony Weiner is enough in itself.


Oh yeah, because poor ole’ Anthony has done NOTHING to merit dislike and contempt….

Hagar said...

I think a lot of Sarah Palin's "whining" comes from her unfortunate tendency to answer when someone - even a "reporter" looking for a "let's you and him fight!" piece of bait - asks her a question.
I do not mean to advise Ms. Sarah to learn to give non-answers like the rest of the crowd, but a straight and simple "No comment" or something like that might often be best, so that they don't get to quote her answer and complain about how "whining" and "thin-skinned" she is.

edutcher said...

I think the whole thing can be summed up in the Internetism, "beclowned themselves".

And, yes, the Lefties are scared purple of her because, on a stage with Little Zero, she would do to him what she did to Halo Joe.

And he would be reduced to that cute little trick of his of holding his hand against his cheek with the middle finger extended.

Bruce Hayden said...

There were a lot of gems in the emails, but I agree, that the really best one so far is that letter about Trig.

NYTNewYorker said...

Cute maybe but so childish that I still can't believe he did that.

And more than once if memory serves.

dbp said...

Cedarford said:

"When Jesse!! was running, moderate-conservatives hated and feared the man."

No, neither of these things are true. We thought Jesse was a joke and wondered why anyone took him seriously. We would have feared him if it looked like he could get the actual Dem nomination since he would then have a finite chance of winning.

It is irrational for the press to fear Palin if she has no chances. They may say it, but they don't really believe it. This is why they fear her.

The Crack Emcee said...

It's funny the media doesn't understand that, by not reporting on their own silly motivations, they have even less credibility. I saw what they were doing - and was appalled - so for them to attempt to walk away, without a word on how craven they were, just adds to their shame.

They really are the lowest of the low.

PatCA said...

As a mother of five, Sarah well knows how to handle a passel of immature kids(the media).

chickenlittle said...

Quoth the raven hearing the craven, Nevermore!

ic said...

Oh, Sarah! The idiot is a genius!

Oh, Obie! The genius is an idiot!

God has such a sense of humor. Hilarious, no?

george said...

It has always been clear that Palin has lead about as clean a life as you will see from a politician. The public and private person are the same. This is what so intimidates those who do not have similar such moorings in principle.

The chillbilly rube accomplished as much or more than they did and didn't have to sell her soul to do it.

philwynk said...

Twenty four thousand emails from Sarah Palin, and no scandal.

Three hundred Congressional investigations of George W. Bush, involving over a million documents, and no scandal.

But, of course, Republicans and Democrats are both equally vicious, and comparably evil. There's no real difference between the parties.

Freeman Hunt said...

Jim Vandehei of Politico, on Morning Joe today:"If you talk to any single reporter at any media organization that we're aware of, I don't think that anyone thinks she can be president or should be president."

Heh. "A group of largely under-qualified hack writers thinks..."

I mean really. Name, say, three mainstream media outfits with excellent reporters overall. I'll give you WSJ but can you name any others?

mccullough said...

Freeman,

At this point, I just look to the individual reporters themselves. For example, Jake Tapper, the ABC Whitehouse correspondent, is very good. ABC News, overall, is crap. There are some fair-minded reporters out there, but the news organizations themselves are pretty bad because most of their reporters and editors are pretty bad.

JAL said...

I do know know if Sarah Palin will run now, or in the future. I am not sure that I think she should, or should not.

What I do know is the MSM has just shot their whole wad before the game even started, if it does.

How stupid is that?

If she does run -- they have no ammunition left.

Zip zero none.

All they have is Tina Fey. And even she was unsettled by Sarah's kindness to her.

JAL said...

So now can we get around to Tony Rezko and Barack O'Bama?

Or the babysitting Rashid Khalidi's party?

Or ... passport info?

Are we there yet?

The MSM has no sense at all about how their manipulations will look from the future.

wiley said...

Sarah wasn't at the debate but you couldn't help knowing she was on the minds of everyone there.

Of course they will play their media games of trying to start a girl-fight between Bachmann and Palin, and trying to urge Sarah to announce by building Bachmann up.

Sarah is wise to let the herd thin out to a manageable few before announcing.

Rod said...

Palin is even better at confounding her enemies than Bush is. The genius of it is that she makes it look like shear luck. But then she does it again and again and again...

crosspatch said...

Sarah Palin has discovered an interesting method of allowing journalists to shoot themselves in the foot. Her "party like it's 1773" was an example. In their haste to make her look like an idiot, then end up making themselves look like idiots by jumping the gun. Same with the recent Paul Revere comment. She had just come out of the Old North church and probably received a better education on Revere's ride than most Americans ever get.

She is good at setting them up and letting them take the leap themselves.

Muggins said...

Sense of decency? Or fairness? Or the duty to report the news? Integrity? Nothing like that in the MSM. But, they have their Ivy League University Journalism degrees mounted on the wall to gaze at, especially during these times, becoming ever more frequent, that they have obviously failed the public as the "4th branch".

Fen said...

Dear MSM,

This is why we hate you.

Fen said...

Jim Vandehei of Politico, on Morning Joe today:"If you talk to any single reporter at any media organization that we're aware of, I don't think that anyone thinks she can be president or should be president.

"I can't believe Nixon won. I don't know anybody who voted for him."

Our information brokers have no self-awareness. And no shame. Fire them all.

Fen said...

Wapo was behind this. Name and shame. Who in particular orchestrated this? Time to "throw our baseballs in their yard", to borrow a line from the Union Thugs.

Bad move too. If you've read me over the last year, you know that I was pleased with Wapo's attempts to be provide more balanced reporting. No more.

Paco Wové said...

"Wapo was behind this. Name and shame. Who in particular orchestrated this?

Little Ezzy "Juicebox" Klein? Just a guess.

Doug Wright said...

What Fen, Fen, and Fen said! So, now the MSM is going to go after Democrat Party leaders now? They're going to be digging into every politician's background?

David said...

Not lemmings; podpeople subsumed in the Hivemind. The Mass MEdia Podpeople Hivemind is more homogeneous than the Borg Collective.

From Inwood said...

April Apple

[You]'d like our media to do their job. Alas, the only job they think they have is to act as cover-up and protectors for their candidates – and to endlessly harass one female politician.

Not to worry. They will also endlessly harass all Republican candidates for the nomination, then endlessly harass POTUS if he or she is a Republican.

Mike said...

Oh Sarah indeed. I saw a report of a letter written to the Guardian in Manchester. It was authored by a female professor at Columbia University who wrote that Ms. Palin's e-mails appeared rational. So rational in fact that "you could almost forget that she's an idiot".

None are so blind as those who will not see. This same professor apparently claimed that Ms. Palin got three facts wrong--when in actuality Palin was right--and the beclowned, but no doubt highly degreed and pedigreed prof was wrong. Who's the idiot?

Methadras said...

Can we officially say once and for all that these people have lost all credibility and any integrity on being truthful at all? They lie and we as citizens have to endure this because their facilitators in government, the judiciary, the media outlets, and in academia are in on the scam too.

Quaestor said...

18.5 hours later and no appearance of:

1) garage mahal

2) J

3) Ritmo in anyone of of his troll hats

4) HDHouse

5) America's Politico (who seems in a state of flux lately)

One would think some brave progressive soul would come forward to defend the ramparts, shabby and pathetic though they may be.

Moneyrunner said...

Is Sarah Palin behind the public disclosure of her e-mails? She is, after all, a successful politician. Could this be a tweak the media trick?

After reading them and finding them incredibly sane and reasonable, I'm beginning to wonder if Palin may not have arranged for their release. These e-mails show that she is anything but the know-nothing ditz portrayed by Tina Fey on SNL.

Her Nemesis, the MSM, is getting slammed by all sides for their Palin obsession and prying into her personal life while the country's going up in flames. And the e-mails themselves make her look good.


Combine this with her bus tour and the release of her video, it looks like she is front and center in the media spotlight. And everything that is "exposed" about her shows her to be the sanest person in public life (thank you Anthony Weiner). She could not pay enough for this publicity.


If this is her doing, Karl Rove looks like an amateur.

Jim Treacher said...

Jon Stewart isn't angry at the Palin e-mail fiasco because it's unfair to her, but because it makes his job tougher.

Lord Jiggy, Prince of Whitebread said...

The people who worked so hard to convince the US (and the world) that Barack Obama was brilliant are the same people who are telling you that Sarah Palin is stupid. By their fruits you know them.

viator said...

Gettysburg Address 9.1
I Have a Dream Speech 8.8
Palin's emails sample 8.2

Of course, the first two were speeches, the latter were everyday communications.

Michael McLaughlin, AOL News