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Why Does the Media Love to Pick On Palin?
Fox News ^ | November 30, 2010 | John R. Lott Jr.

Posted on 11/30/2010 3:22:43 PM PST by JohnRLott

The media just loves to hate Sarah Palin. And, if polls are to be believed, the constant media bombardment has hurt her standing among many independents.

Unfortunately, over the last couple of weeks, even conservative media pundits such as Mona Charen, Peggy Noonan, George Will, Joe Scarborough and Matt Labash see these attacks and warn that she can’t win the presidency. They even buy into the attacks on her judgment, intelligence, and competence. But what these conservatives don’t appreciate is that Palin is being attacked because she is smart and effective, not because she is dumb.

For just how far off base her coverage by the media has been, consider the reaction when Sarah Palin, a Fox News contributor and former Alaska governor, last Wednesday accidentally referred to North Korea as an ally. It was an obvious slip of the tongue and she corrected the trivial gaffe immediately in her very next sentence. The local, national, and even international news coverage was massive, making the trivial error front-page news. A Google news search finds 834 separate news stories run just that day alone.

This is just the surface of the attacks. . . . .

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1 posted on 11/30/2010 3:22:46 PM PST by JohnRLott
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To: JohnRLott

To distract and ridicule, hoping something sticks.

The ‘look over there’ approach.

Don’t look. Do tell.


2 posted on 11/30/2010 3:25:26 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: JohnRLott
The modern main stream media is based on hate.

It is now made up entirely of ne'er-do-wells, discontents, hippie leftovers, and 40 year old adolescents still living in their parents' basements.

They hate Sarah Palin because she is everything they are not.

They hated Reagan and both Bush's for the same reason.

They will not change...the good news is, now that we're on to them, they're only out there entertaining each other.
3 posted on 11/30/2010 3:26:47 PM PST by FrankR (Don't let the bastards wear you down!)
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To: JohnRLott

PPPFFFFFFFFFFFTTTTTTTTT


4 posted on 11/30/2010 3:27:20 PM PST by Carley (IT'S THREAT ANALYSIS, NOT RACIAL PROFILING)
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To: JohnRLott
TO destroy by ridicule means not having to engage in honest debate, which the left would lose.

Its worked for the they & their media allies so far, why would they stop now?

5 posted on 11/30/2010 3:29:57 PM PST by skeeter
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To: JohnRLott

Because she’s smart enough, she’s good enough, and doggone it, Democrats just hate her.


6 posted on 11/30/2010 3:31:25 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (What's black and white and red all over? HINT: Think White House)
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To: JohnRLott

What exactly do they not like about Palin? really?


7 posted on 11/30/2010 3:33:07 PM PST by GoCards (Why me? Why not me?)
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To: JohnRLott
Many conservatives have been saying/writing for many months that the media attacks on Sarah Palin are based on the left's fear of her as a political candidate. When so-called 'conservatives' start parroting the left's Talking Points about how 'dumb' Palin is, you know she's a threat to the political status quo...and you also know who is really a conservative and who is just another watery 'Republican' elitist. Unfortunately, because Sarah Palin is an unabashed and fearless conservative, she'll continue being bashed in the media. She knows this and can deal with it.
8 posted on 11/30/2010 3:34:11 PM PST by Jim Scott
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To: JohnRLott

...for the same reason why Arab dictators pick on Israel.


9 posted on 11/30/2010 3:35:20 PM PST by rfp1234 (Badgers? We don't need no stinkin' badgers!)
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To: rfp1234

(Arab and other Islamic dictators)


10 posted on 11/30/2010 3:36:36 PM PST by rfp1234 (Badgers? We don't need no stinkin' badgers!)
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To: JohnRLott

They always tell you whom they fear in one way or another.


11 posted on 11/30/2010 3:37:57 PM PST by infidel29 (Since 0bama is NOT a uniter, can we change the acronym to just plain P.O.S.?)
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To: JohnRLott

They are shaking in their boots they are so afraid of her.


12 posted on 11/30/2010 3:39:03 PM PST by cubreporter ( Trust Rush and you won't go wrong.)
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To: JohnRLott
Why Does the Media Love to Pick On Palin?

Because when they look at the Palin family they realize that they may be looking at America's next "Kennedy phenomena".

13 posted on 11/30/2010 3:39:12 PM PST by The Duke
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To: JohnRLott

FEAR


14 posted on 11/30/2010 3:40:33 PM PST by boomop1
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To: JohnRLott

Because they see in her the same thing they saw in Dan Quayle. Attractive, very conservative and their convictions are sincere, thus they won’t change into a liberal if elected.


15 posted on 11/30/2010 3:43:39 PM PST by yarddog
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To: FrankR
They hate Sarah Palin because she is everything they are not.

They hate her because they don't own her.

16 posted on 11/30/2010 3:44:59 PM PST by Digger (If RINO is your selection, then failure is your election)
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To: JohnRLott
I believe that Palin is not that serious about the Presidency. I really think she loves family and the beautiful living in Alaska. If the stupid Republican party shows that they are not true to the Tea Party agenda, then she might be forced to run. She is one smart cookie and very intelligent.
17 posted on 11/30/2010 3:46:55 PM PST by Logical me
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To: JohnRLott

Because she is not highly educated.

Left and Right resent it....and say “how dare she even think she can run for President of the United States”.


18 posted on 11/30/2010 3:46:56 PM PST by roses of sharon (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
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To: JohnRLott

even conservative media pundits such as Mona Charen, Peggy Noonan, George Will, Joe Scarborough and Matt Labash


I’m sorry, I don’t see any Conservatives on that list. What Conservatives are they talking about?


19 posted on 11/30/2010 4:00:32 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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20 posted on 11/30/2010 4:01:21 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: JohnRLott

conservative media pundits such as Mona Charen, Peggy Noonan, George Will, Joe Scarborough and Matt Labash

These are NOT conservatives;they are ruling-class republicans and liberal bootlickers.


21 posted on 11/30/2010 4:02:40 PM PST by pistolpetestoys ("Look around you;you're not alone!" Sarah Palin 8/28/10)
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To: FrankR

George Will hates Palin because she refuses to accept his advise. He wanted her to go back to Alaska to study up and govern. She was, in short, to get a make-over that would make her presentable to his crowd. The problem was that her enemies climbed all over her once she got back. The Republican Establishment hated her because she was not one of them. The Democrats, who had been her allies, were now against her. The DNC followed her back and began to fund hit squads that would take her out once and for all. As for the study,Palin is not an intellectual. Reminding of a story from Bill Herndon’s biography of Lincoln. Herndon was a voracioius reader. Hw would get crates of books from the East. Sometimes he would hand one to Lincoln. Lincoln would look at a few pages and then hand it back. Herndon said he never saw Lincoln read anything except legal papers and political newspapers. Easterners thought of Lincoln as rude, crude and vulgar. Lincoln was as sure of his superiority of them as Palin seems to be sure of her own. If I had to decide who would be the captain of my ship, I sure would chose Palin over Will.


22 posted on 11/30/2010 4:03:01 PM PST by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: JohnRLott

Plain and simple. Scared chitless of her.


23 posted on 11/30/2010 4:03:01 PM PST by skimbell
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To: JohnRLott

She’s the highest stature conservative Republican.


24 posted on 11/30/2010 4:03:15 PM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: roses of sharon

Because she is not highly educated.

Some people don’t need a pedigree to know things and to think rightly.


25 posted on 11/30/2010 4:05:04 PM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: skimbell

What amazes me is how fearless Palin is. Sometimes she scares me.


26 posted on 11/30/2010 4:05:35 PM PST by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: JohnRLott
Unfortunately, over the last couple of weeks, even conservative media pundits such as Mona Charen, Peggy Noonan, George Will, Joe Scarborough and Matt Labash see these attacks and warn that she can’t win the presidency.

These people (moderate-republican pundits) are the REAL target of all the anti-Palin vitriol. If you can move them, then you can leverage the entire independent bloc and even some of the wishy-washy rank & file replublicans (country-clubbers).

It's all about "being cool" on the cocktail circuit. Look at the commercial-break photos of Joe Scarborough and his co-host in various urban poses wearing chic sunglasses. In my minds-eye I see two twerps that sat at the un-cool lunch table in High School and have been trying to make up for their deficiencies ever since.

27 posted on 11/30/2010 4:05:35 PM PST by Tallguy (Received a fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit.)
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To: JohnRLott

conservative media pundits such as Mona Charen, Peggy Noonan, George Will, Joe Scarborough and Matt Labash

These are NOT conservatives;they are ruling-class republicans and liberal bootlickers.


28 posted on 11/30/2010 4:06:26 PM PST by pistolpetestoys ("Look around you;you're not alone!" Sarah Palin 8/28/10)
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To: Logical me

Palin is very serious about the presidency. Yes, she loves her family but also loves her country. If you read Going Rogue, you will have a better understanding of what makes the Palins tick. If Sarah Palin does run and is elected, she will go to serve and not to be served.


29 posted on 11/30/2010 4:07:22 PM PST by upsdriver
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To: JohnRLott

They’re not picking on her. They’re trying to destroy her with a thousand cuts. Lies, ridicule, innuendo. All to tarnish her name so that she will never be taken seriously for national office.

The media is totally irresponsible.


30 posted on 11/30/2010 4:09:59 PM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (Liberalism is against human nature. Practicing liberalism is detrimental to your mental stability.)
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To: freedomfiter2

Neither was Sam Houston. Yet among the people that Tocqueville met on his travels in America, no one impressed him more except maybe John Quincy Adams. No doubt in my mind that if Sam Houston had been elected President in 1852/1856 that civili war would have been averted.


31 posted on 11/30/2010 4:11:55 PM PST by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: JohnRLott
I think it's based on how she entered the national political scene without having subjected herself to years of their scrutiny. They are the political star-makers and feel like she cut in line.
32 posted on 11/30/2010 4:13:03 PM PST by Niteranger68 (I am in the party of "HELL NO"!)
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To: JohnRLott

“This is just the surface of the attacks.”

Their favorite, of course, is to laugh at her for saying that she can see Russia from her house.

She said it to make a point that Russian land, is indeed, only THREE miles from Alaskan land. (Diomede islands)


33 posted on 11/30/2010 4:14:18 PM PST by AlexW
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To: freedomfiter2

I know, and I thank God for them everyday...what would we do without those real Americans?

There are so few left in government....it really shows too.


34 posted on 11/30/2010 4:15:17 PM PST by roses of sharon (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
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To: JohnRLott
Why Does the Media Love to Pick On Palin?

Because if they didn't, they would be out of the job for good!

35 posted on 11/30/2010 4:24:11 PM PST by greatdefender (If You Want Peace.....Prepare For War)
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To: JohnRLott

Mark Levin is reading this article right now.


36 posted on 11/30/2010 4:26:01 PM PST by HighlyOpinionated (I am a US Citizen, A Patriot, A TEA Partier, An Oath Keeper, A Voter!)
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To: JohnRLott

Great job John, thanks for the post.


37 posted on 11/30/2010 4:26:39 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (The Republic of the United States of America)
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To: AlexW
“This is just the surface of the attacks.” Their favorite, of course, is to laugh at her for saying that she can see Russia from her house. She said it to make a point that Russian land, is indeed, only THREE miles from Alaskan land. (Diomede islands)

This is a great example of what the left and the elitists are trying to do. That is, to tell a lie or innuendo enough times, and even her supporters start to believe it.
Sara Palin NEVER said that. It was Tina Fey in a Saturday Night Live parody of Palin. Yet, even you, who I imagine is a good conservative, believes it. Be careful, very careful. Their lies are poison.
38 posted on 11/30/2010 4:30:10 PM PST by rickomatic
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To: RobbyS

No doubt in my mind that if Sam Houston had been elected President in 1852/1856 that civili war would have been averted.

You’re probably right.


39 posted on 11/30/2010 4:35:44 PM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: JohnRLott

Anyone who isn’t a democrat who opens their mouth is a subject to be attacked.

A fact of life.


40 posted on 11/30/2010 4:38:34 PM PST by dforest
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To: roses of sharon
Because she is not highly educated.

All those writers are her age and still paying off their student loans.

41 posted on 11/30/2010 4:41:15 PM PST by glorgau
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To: rickomatic
“This is just the surface of the attacks.” Their favorite, of course, is to laugh at her for saying that she can see Russia from her house. She said it to make a point that Russian land, is indeed, only THREE miles from Alaskan land. (Diomede islands)

This is a great example of what the left and the elitists are trying to do. That is, to tell a lie or innuendo enough times, and even her supporters start to believe it.
Sara Palin NEVER said that. It was Tina Fey in a Saturday Night Live parody of Palin. Yet, even you, who I imagine is a good conservative, believes it. Be careful, very careful. Their lies are poison.


She did tease about it on her TLC show "Sarah Palin's Alaska." Liberals HATE Conservative humor because the only kind they know is mean-spirited and full of vitriol. They react to ridicule and teasing and sarcasm and satire with a blast of anger and hatred.

As Elbert Hubbard said: “If you can't answer a man's arguments, all is not lost; you can still call him vile names.”

Sarah Palin 'takes it' because she doesn't allow the meanness to affect who she is. And she knows it's "their" problem, so she doesn't make it hers.
42 posted on 11/30/2010 4:41:55 PM PST by HighlyOpinionated (I am a US Citizen, A Patriot, A TEA Partier, An Oath Keeper, A Voter!)
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To: combat_boots
"The ‘look over there’ approach."

LOL! Watch the birdie.

43 posted on 11/30/2010 4:42:15 PM PST by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: JohnRLott

Fear.


44 posted on 11/30/2010 4:46:24 PM PST by mulligan
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To: JohnRLott

Well, at least with some of these people, it’s like asking...why do alcoholics drink? Why do drug addicts use? Why does Keith Olbermann behave like a douche? Answer: they’re compelled to.


45 posted on 11/30/2010 4:46:45 PM PST by RichInOC (Palin 2012: Don't Make Me Get My Cluebat.)
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To: rickomatic

“Yet, even you, who I imagine is a good conservative, believes it. Be careful, very careful. Their lies are poison.”

It is not poison to me. I have not been in the USSA in the past seven years, and if I were there, I would not be watching Sat. Night Live.
I am merely commenting on the stupidity of whats left of America.
IIRC, Sarah did respond to the so called joke.


46 posted on 11/30/2010 4:52:24 PM PST by AlexW
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To: AlexW
Their favorite, of course, is to laugh at her for saying that she can see Russia from her house.

She said it to make a point that Russian land, is indeed, only THREE miles from Alaskan land. (Diomede islands)

She didn't say it, Tina Fey said it. What Sarah said was, "They're our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska."

47 posted on 11/30/2010 4:57:22 PM PST by 3niner (When Obama succeeds, America fails.)
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To: JohnRLott

Same as picking on Bush, it’s the self-assurance that borders on smugness.


48 posted on 11/30/2010 5:06:12 PM PST by flowerplough (Pennsylvania today - New New Jersey meets North West Virginia. Or maybe we're North Alabama.)
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To: JohnRLott

>> Mona Charen, Peggy Noonan, George Will, Joe Scarborough and Matt Labash

Some would rather be led by a smooth talking, diabolical scumbag than a folksy, average minded peach that speaks common sense and wholesome values.

Those #ers can go pound sand.


49 posted on 11/30/2010 5:06:48 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: JohnRLott
They fear and smear her because, to put it simply, she is not Illuminati. They can't buy her or control her. What they've dredged up out of her closet is totally weak. If she gets in, they won't be able to blackmail her.

And, most importantly, when they block President Palin from helping the average American, she will go on TV and "tattle" and name the names. They would have no way to shut her up when she speaks the simple and almost childlike Truth directly to the People.

50 posted on 11/30/2010 5:11:42 PM PST by sklar
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