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Friday, August 29, 2008

So-Called Mainstream Media Tells Half the Story on Palin

The Newsbusters blog points out some of the smack the "mainstream" media is already talking about Sarah Palin.

Confirming that John McCain picked Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska, as his running mate, Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos were quick to jump on the corruption within Alaska’s Republican party, but did not tell the whole story. George Stephanopolous noted that Senator Ted Stevens is under indictment and the state’s at large congressman, Don Young is "facing corruption charges is still in the middle of a recount for their Republican primary."

All of which are true, but Stephanopoulos, a former Clinton aide, did not reveal that Palin actually supports Don Young’s primary opponent. Stephanopoulos also does not seem to have the same concern about Chicago’s Democratic machine when covering Obama.

She has taken on ethics problems in her own party, even calling on Senator Ted Stevens to come clean.

Newsbusters also points out how "objective" newsman Matt Lauer at NBC found Palin to be a "staunch conservative" and a "stalwart conservative."

How often have you heard the "mainstream" media talk about the #1 and #3 most liberal members of the U.S. Senate (Obama and Biden, in case you missed it) as "liberal?" Yeah, you heard the crickets chirping when you listened for that, too, huh?

They know she's a dynamite choice, so they have to dredge up any excuse to make her look bad.

They must not have a lot of confidence in their oh-so-experienced media-approved candidate Barack Obama.

Is he just a "paper messiah?"


Braden said...

Maybe one of you Republicans could tell me, because as a Democrat, I'm obviously biased against Palin. I think, in picking someone who 2 years ago was the mayor of a small town, McCain is throwing the experience and risk arguments out the window.

Those arguments didn't work for Hillary Clinton, and McCain obviously must have thought they weren't going to work for him, especially after he saw the Dem convention.

McCain's biggest advantages over Obama were that McCain had foreign policy experience and that he had somewhat successfully painted Obama as risky. Joe Biden helped Obama level the field a little. But McCain's selection of Palin completely levels the field.

As Obama's speech showed, he's not afraid to take on McCain, even on the issues McCain is strongest on (whether or not you agree with Obama you must admit he went after McCain on his own turf). Is Sarah Palin going to be able to debate Joe Biden? On domestic issues she might survive. But on foreign policy she will be absolutely destroyed. She said in an interview she would be VP as soon as someone could explain to her what it is exactly that the VP does everyday. And she is going to be able to explain the workings of the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict to Americans?

Personally I think a better choice would have been Bobby Jindal. He's young (way young, like 37 I belive). But he's also got national, not local, experience. He's also got the Wow factor McCain apparently thought he needed. I guess the GOP is saving Jindal from this defeat so they can run him in 2016! (I wonder if Dems will ponder aloud whether he is secretly a Hindu?)

Kevin Pierce said...


NEWSWIRE--With John McCain's selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, voters will elect either the first black president or the oldest elected president and the first female vice president.

Whether race, sex or age solves the mystery,
The pioneer will face arrows, unpleasant:
Although someone's assured to make history,
They can still make a mess of the present.

Light verse, ripped from the headlines

Guy Smylie said...

Palin's the only one of the four with executive experience. And I wish Obama could debate McCain. Just because Obama says something, not unlike Clinton, means it's true.
Why don't those you've mentioned try what they will. They will find out why she's Govenor.

Bob Ellis said...

That's a valid concern, Braden.

However, I really don't know how knowledgeable or competent she is on foreign affairs. Despite not having experience (of which Obama is also bereft--and he's the ticket headliner), she may still have a good grasp of the issues and, equally important, what should be done about them.

Both Obama and Biden, on the other hand, have shown not only a lack of experience in Obama's case, but also a fundamental lack of understanding about what drives those foreign policy issues, and what to do about them. Biden has been on the side of just about every move of capitulation, appeasement and weakening of American military strength for decades. And Obama already has an "impressive" record built up in that department, even in his short tenure in the senate.

Jindal would have been another good choice, and I had been throwing him around in my mental hopper for some time before he announced firmly that it wasn't going to be, at least at this time.

I expect (and certainly hope) we see more of him on the national stage in years to come.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to see Palin and Biden debate. Biden may be able to claim experience, but he'll have a difficult time convincing many of us that he learned anything from all his time in the senate. His voting record agues that he didn't.

Furthermore, Biden can't help but look like an arrogant ass, regardless the venue. This will not play well side-by-side with an articulate, attractive and morally-consistent female opponent. Palin has risen to every challenge she has had in life and she is confident in her convictions. I'll take those qulaifications above a guy who was brought up and made by the Chicago machine and has a record of 141 days of actual experience in the Senate.

Will someone question whether Jindal is really a Hindu? Does it matter? As far as I know Hindus have not vowed to destroy the United States as well as all western democracies.

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