Skip to comments.Exhibit A in the Stop Palin Campaign, Dave "Journolist" Weigel
Posted on 05/28/2011 5:01:03 PM PDT by onyx
I’ve commented a few times on how the media has, for the most part ignored Herman Cain and his early success.
Yesterday Dave Weigel wrote quite a few excellent posts but the most interesting was concerning a Gallup poll and Herman Cain:
Cain has come out of the gate making knowledge blunders (not knowing what the “right of return” is, for example), getting generally dismissive coverage. There is no team of reporters covering his every move on the trail, as there is for Huntsman. There’s no massive scrum outside his appearances, as there is for Pawlenty. And yet he’s outpolling Pawlenty.
That’s accurate, but while Stacy is ecstatic that his pal Dave is giving Herman some richly deserved props, I think he is missing the big picture here.
It is axiomatic that the old Journolist crowd hates Sarah Palin and will whenever possible knock her for a loop. I’ve already stated the MSM and the Democratic party (talk about redundancy) actually fear a Palin candidacy and will do their best to derail one.
Does Weigel do this, Why yes! While Praising Herman Cain he damns Sarah Palin in the guise of critiquing Byron York for missing the primary story:
But we’re talking about the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee who has been the subject of multiple books (including two of her own), two documentaries, and in some months as much as 50 percent of all media coverage of the GOP field. Fifteen percent? That’s actually about half of what she got in the very first survey of this primary, a February 2009 CNN poll.
Dave somehow doesn’t take into consideration in his critique relentless attacks from a media that never mentions her successes while always attempting to belittle her.
The simple fact is the left needs to stop Sarah Palin and the best equation to stop her has already been written:
(Social Conservatives+Tea Party) / (Sarah Palin+Michelle Bachmann + Herman Cain) = Romney wins in early primaries
As long as the left was reasonably sure Sarah Palin was not running, Herman Cain needed to be ignored by the MSM. They couldn’t take the chance of him becoming a threat to Mitt Romney and/or Jon Hunstman, who are the most likely GOP candidates to lose to Obama. That means any attention Dave gave Herman online wasn’t picked up by the MSM.
And while his obligatory Palin Bus post was fun:
I sort of like the idea of Palin doing this on Memorial Day weekend, a time when plenty of reporters (like, er, me) are headed out of D.C. Brings back memories of her giving reporters a July 3, 2009 assignment to cover her resignation announcement.
It seemed interesting to me the very day polls indicate that Palin might be running, Weigel’s first post is: “Gosh that Herman Cain looks pretty impressive doesn’t he?”
Well of course that’s just Dave. It doesn’t mean the old Journolist crew is back in business deciding to suddenly notice Herman Cain . I mean you’d need something like a pollster from Daily Kos writing for the NYT saying the same thing for that to be true wouldn’t you?
But what I found more newsworthy is the strong performance of Herman Cain, the entrepreneur and talk-show host who was included in Gallups poll for the first time. He polls at 8 percent, ahead of candidates like Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann and Jon Hunstman, who have received far more attention.
Well what do you know Nate Silver in the NYT is impressed by Herman Cain too! What an amazing coincidence!
Now I’ve already said I like Herman Cain, but mark my words, the “Journo-listic” MSM will suddenly find him a lot more interesting and worthy of coverage for as long as they think he will take votes away from Palin.
Will Herman take advantage of it? He’s not running to lose so of course he will, but I suspect that if the media’s attempt to use him to neutralize Palin succeeds then they will no longer consider him newsworthy or electable.
EXTRA UPDATE…CBS follows suit.
Update: Exhibit B: the DNC attacks
Update 2: On Morning Joe the entire thesis of the opening team is Sarah Palin is NOT running (One thing they didn’t mention her age, she would only be 60 in 2024 so she has a ton of time). They spent their time saying she will not, Politico also says she was not running, calling it an “attention grab”. (They don’t deign to mention this Byron York Piece)
And surprise surprise, who do they not mention by name? Herman Cain!
Remember the thesis, If Palin is running they boost Cain, if not they ignore him. As long as they believe Palin is out, Cain (who they also fear) must be kept down.
Update 3: Same theme on Today. They maintain Palin is not running so not only to they fail to mention Cain they don’t even show the Herman Cain Graphic in the Gallup poll. Can’t show a Black Republican in
3rd 5th place if Palin isn’t running.
Those journ0lists....lol. That old STOP PALIN meme.
Divide and conquer.
We welcome lively and robust primaries.
No wonder MSNBC promotes them so much as a good will gesture to the GOP.
Exactly. Like Rush always says, the lamestream has already told us the candidate they fear the most.
I have no doubt that another Jounolist is out there from which all of these hacks draw their cookie-cutter talking points.
Sorry about private inquiry, just wanted to make sure b4 I inserted foot in mouth. RUN SARAH RUN!!!!!
“...the lamestream has already told us the candidate they fear the most.”
They’re sh!ttin’ BRICKS over Sarah, LOL!
Bring it. :)
When obama learns how many states there are I’ll pay attention to the blunders of other politicians.
Sarah operates in her own unconventional mode. It's never been seen before at this level and the rats have no idea what's in store for them. They'll be caught up in the lib echo chamber and in the end, they won't know what hit them.
When will they learn...(when she is sworn in?)
Resistance is Futile!
Prepare to be Liberated!
Thanks for the post. “Caining Palin” is a good play but will fail even with the white guilt crowd.
IMHO, The defining moments for Palin will be her first call for contributions after she announces and the enormous response that call will receive.
For those who have not met Sarah or been in a venue where she has had a chance to work with the crowd; prepare to become a believer. Sarah being on the stage with other candidates will be like nothing we have ever seen.
I need satisfaction. I want payback. I want to punish. I may be weak and easily put upon but Sarah Palin will be my strong voice and I am willing to pay for the opportunity. I need a champion to lead and I want it to be a woman and I want that woman to be Sarah Palin.
I only need to make a decision once and my decision has been made.
That's their new formula. It's a bit more risky for them than the old formula.
NEVER be sorry! Write to me anytime!!!!
I hope she plays rope a dope w the media, letting them beat her up over and again until Americans get sick of the garbage then their threats will have worn out.
Right on, VR!
This is the new meme!
Just think of the vast amount of *blunders* the Marxist would make were the media to pose GOTCHA QUESTIONS to him!
Never mind the number of Biden-type blunders he would have made in ‘08!
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