Friday, January 09, 2009

palin is almost right about something, and the media has done us wrong but that was eight years ago

Talking about presidential campaigns, Alaska Governor and sexy, winking-at-the-camera moose-killer Sarah Palin said in an interview "When did we start accepting as hard news sources bloggers...? It's a sad state of affairs in the world of the media today, mainstream media especially, that they're going to rely on bloggers... for their hard news information."

Hey, whaddaya know? Sarah Palin has hit it right on the head with a really good question. The mainstream media SHOULD know better than accepting Matt Drudge's ravings as real news. Remember Drudge's headlines in late October that McCain was on the verge of electoral victory? That was wishful thinking. More often though, Drudge and Malkin and their ilk are just playing their role as part of the right-wing noise machine, loyal little Republican drones.

Except of course, Palin wasn't talking about Drudge, she was reserving her ire for Andrew Sullivan and others who didn't treat her with kid gloves. She also told Katie Couric that she wasn't the center of the universe. Well, that's actually true - the center of the universe doesn't have an evening news anchor, but a black hole. She was also complaining about anonymous blogs (which I cut from the quote because it doesn't fit Drudge), but the big blogs that people pay attention to aren't anonymous; chalk that up to Palin's stupidity or a willingness to distort the truth, or my choice, BOTH.

This is in an interview to promote a "documentary" by right-wing noise machine member John Ziegler called "Media Malpractice: How Obama Got Elected." Seems poor Ziegler, who of course isn't remotely biased, thinks if the media had just given John McCain and Sarah Palin a fair shake, they would have won.

Ziegler is right. There has been media malpractice in presidential elections. Except that happened in 1999-2000 and its victim was primarily Al Gore (as you can re-learn if you go thru the archives at The Daily Howler).

Gore was the primary victim of the lies and innuendoes, and not just from Fox News but from allegedly liberal members of the media like Maureen Dowd and Frank Rich and the Washington Post, all of which delighted in criticizing Gore for taking fashion tips and for allegedly saying he invented the Internet (he never said that) and for sighing during a presidential debate and for not looking like a guy who would be fun to drink beer with, while giving his opponent a free ride on things like using his Poppye's influence to avoid being drafted to go to Vietnam (Gore went) and then going AWOL, and doing cocaine and other drugs until he was 40 years old, and being the beneficiary of sweetheart business deals that made him rich because of who his daddy was.

The secondary victims? The United States and the rest of the world that had to suffer through eight years of misrule by de facto George Bush and de facto king Dick Cheney.

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