Skip to comments.Book Excerpt: ‘Bring Her Down’: How the American Media Tried to Destroy Sarah Palin
Posted on 06/01/2011 9:53:32 AM PDT by curth
Conservative writer and Palinista Gina Dalfonzo has published an intriguing new book that offers a well-researched (250-page) commentary on continued media efforts to annihilate Sarah Palin. She has provided us with a sneak peak below. We at C4P applaud Gina on her efforts to document media corruption and wish her all the best success with the book. You can purchase the paperback version on Amazon here http://amzn.to/jvgsw2 or order it digitally instantly for your Kindle by clicking here.
No one would deny that the media have a right, indeed a duty, to inquire into and report extensively on the lives of political candidates. But it was unprecedented that the media would focus with laserlike intensity on one vice presidential candidate, almost to the exclusion of the other three candidates in the election, including the two running for the presidency.
It is arguable that the medias obsession with every detail of Sarah Palins life and careerand many details that existed only in the imaginations of her detractorsled directly to their neglecting to pay attention on any significant level to crucial details of then-Senator Barack Obamas life and career.
If that assertion seems unfair, consider these excerpts from a conversation between NBCs Tom Brokaw and PBSs Charlie Rose on Roses show, five days before the presidential election:
Rose: Barack Obama . . . is principally known through his autobiography and through very aspirational speeches. Brokaw: Two of them. Rose: Exactly, two books. . . . Brokaw: Hes a very smart guy. I love this phrase postmodern, even though I dont know what it means. Rose: I know what it means in architecture but not in politics. Brokaw: Right. Exactly. And he may be our first postmodern presidential candidate. . . . Brokaw: We dont know a lot about Barack Obama and the universe of his thinking about foreign policy. China has been not examined at all, which is astonishing. . . . Rose: I dont know what Barack Obamas worldview is. Really dont know. Brokaw: No, no, I dont either. Rose: I dont know how he really sees where China is and where it wants to go and how smart he is about that, or India, or the whole global structure. Or John McCain either.
We did know, however, exactly how much Sarah Palins campaign wardrobe cost (or we thought we did). Brokaws own network had been chasing that vital story all along.
And in that light, two veteran journalists ignorance of the leading presidential candidates views on some of the most fundamental issues any president has to faceduring a war, no lessreveals a truly unnerving erosion of journalistic standards. If, instead of covering the most critical issues of our time during the 2008 election, our most respected and trusted reporters were busy jockeying to be the next Liz Smith or Hedda Hopper, where exactly does that leave the American electorate?
There are those, as well see, who blame this one-sided obsession with the trivial on the continuing decentralization of the media through the blogosphere, or the blurring of the lines between the news and entertainment media. Its true that both elements played their part in the electionto put it exceedingly mildly. You dont even have to have seen an election-related episode of Saturday Night Live, or followed high-profile journalist/blogger Andrew Sullivans increasingly unhinged pursuit of the secrets of Palins infant son, to know just how big a part they played.
In fact, one could even argue that the ground had been prepared for them by the mainstream news media itself, which for years had been losing viewer trust to the point where statements like I get all my news from Jon Stewart had become a point of pride with young adults. (As PBSs Bill Moyers once remarked to Stewart in a 2003 interview, When I report the news on this broadcast, people say Im making it up. When you make it up, they say youre telling the truth.) This was a situation that the news media didnt usually relish.
Nonetheless, when the media as a whole discovered a new favorite whipping girl, the various branches of the industry discovered an unprecedented interest in working together and suddenly the blogs and the comedians werent just providers of commentary on the news; they were the news. The proverbial Martian arriving here in the middle of the 2008 election and taking a good look around could have been pardoned for thinking, at least at first, that Barack Obama was running for president against Tina Fey.
But the purpose of this book is not to make Sarah Palin out to be some sort of hapless victim of the political press, entertainment media, and bloggers. Nor is it to portray the media as a collective Snidely Whiplash. Although the coverage took a particularly ugly tone in Palins case, she is hardly the first politician to be treated badly by the press. And like any candidate, she made mistakesalthough unlike many candidates, she handled brutal treatment from the press with both toughness and grace.
Nor is my purpose to blame the nastiness on conspiracy theories. There was a time when I would have said that accusations of vast conspiracies, made by the left or the right, are rarely credible, and for good reason. That was before the correspondence among the members of JournoList, the left-leaning e-mail list for high-profile media figures, was published, with all its revelations about various anti-Palin members egging each other on to greater levels of hostility. And yet that kind of deliberate cooperation was hardly even necessary, given that so many of the presss reactions to the candidate were so strikingly similar.
As journalist Mika Brzezinskino right-wingerwould later recall on MSNBCs Morning Joe:
Members of the network media elite as well as members and people who worked for the New York Times, when Sarah Palin first came on the scene and this is what they knew about her: She was a woman, she was pro-life, and she had some very, very conservative views on other issues. And all I could hear from my friends in the network media elite was, Lets bring her down. I hope these rumors bring her down. And at a party where there were people from the New York Times, all they would talk about is the rumors that they hoped would bring her down. They did not know her. They didnt know anything about her. But they wanted to bring her down.
The question that this sort of monolithic reaction raised for many observers was, simply: Why? Why did the majority of the members of the press respond to Palin with such visceral dislike, and act on that dislike to an extent unprecedented in recent history? Why was it that, as a report from the Culture and Media Institute noted in October, ABC, NBC and CBS news shows . . . are running 18 negative stories [on Palin] for every positive one? Its doubtful that Saddam Hussein ever found himself on the receiving end of that much negativity from the American press. Was it truly the candidates flaws that brought out reporters bloodlust, as they would have us believeor was it something in themselves and their own worldview? As Brzezinski hinted, its far more likely to have been the latter.
Though Tom Brokaw and Charlie Rose professed to know nothing about postmodernism in theory, they and their fellow journalistsalong with their counterparts in the entertainment industry and the amateurs who joined in the coverage from the blogospheremay have understood it better than they realized. For one tenet of postmodernism is that history is made up largely of battles over who gets to control the narrative of events, and in this election the journalists of America showed an instinctive grasp of that idea. More than with any other presidential election in living memory, the members of the press seized control of the narrative of the 2008 election and held onto it. At first, in their minds, the story of the election was supposed to be the story of Barack Obama, who for many reasons had become their candidate of choice early in the process. But when Sarah Palin, coming out of nowhere with (in their eyes) inexplicable popularity, threatened their vision of Obamas triumphal march to the White House, she had to be stopped, plain and simple. If the story now had to include her, they would simply have to ensure that her part of the story was told on their termsand that it was the ugliest, most vicious, most damning story they could possibly dream up.
The purpose of this book is to show why and how they created that storyand why so much of America, on so little evidence, was ready to believe it.
From Bring Her Down: How the American Media Tried to Destroy Sarah Palin by Gina Dalfonzo. Copyright 2011. All rights reserved.
Gina Dalfonzo is editor of BreakPoint.org and Dickensblog. Her work has appeared in National Review, the Weekly Standard, Christianity Today, Books & Culture, Guideposts, and various journals and newspapers. She lives in Springfield, Virginia.
When are conservatives going to start bringing down “the media?” They are not public officials. They are private capital. They exist as part of the CAPITALIST SYSTEM. They are NOT exempt from market forces.
This book shows that the media tried to destroy a political candidate.
A movie about Palin is coming out, and it's very positive.
Palin is on a bus tour, and it's masterful.
Corsi shows that Obama isn't eligible.
Everything Obama has touched has turned to Shiite.
At some point -- one would hope -- people will open their eyes and say "I think I've been lied to". Lincoln said you can't fool all the people all the time. Perhaps that notion is about to be tested.
Yes, she did threaten the success of their messiah, Obama. But it was also more visceral than that. Sarah's chose not murder her child, and the event of her child's birth threatened the validity their god's sacrament, abortion.
This is from American Thinker (I think) from another post today...this is what it will take for us to bring down the media:
“Although the right has plenty of media outlets, as long as we merely react to the news that the left creates and shy from making news on our own, we lose the debate.”
I remember the day after her first speech they would try to do this.
She's getting her revenge now, whatever she decides, she's won.
One word, and one word only: abortion.
There is nothing more sacred to the liberal leftists than their supposed "right" to slaughter the unborn. It is pure bloodlust, nothing less. Anyone they perceive as opposed to their insatiable thirst for the killing of innocent children they believe they must utterly destroy. That is the sole reason why Palin is so reviled by the leftists. Anything else they might be able to see past, but not the central pillar of their beliefs, that they have the "right" to kill unborn persons.
That's the ticket!
“Tried”??? They’ve never stopped. It’s going on right now as a matter of fact...
He is their perceived messiah. They think he has/will save them from their unconscious guilt, but they have only been driven deeper into it. The longing of the human soul for the messiah is an archetype that goes deep. They have the longing, but have fallen for the trick. The big trickster himself has them hook line and sinker.
Sarah knows who the messiah is and lives there in her heart and mind. This battle, Sarah vs. LSM and their false messiah is much bigger than politics or even the future of this country. My prayers go up for Sarah to stay her course and for her safety. I pray to the real Messiah.
Follow the money. Find out how John Podesta pays some no-name blogger to sit all day and type BS all over the internet, or the tools at MSNBC who report the "news".
How does Soros money get into their pockets?
Paypal? Gift cards? Direct deposit in their bank acccounts?
Money leaves a trail. If enough of us keep an eye out for it, we'll see the money changing owners, we'll have them just where we want them.
Because I'm willing to bet that they're not paying taxes on that boolah. Ka*ching. They're done.
Sarah is making news right now, and we can see how the MSM is reacting to her!
“Trust me, the Left controls and media and the culture and the message and the news and the publishing and the universities and the law schools and the libraries and the teachers unions and the k-12 establishment and pop radio and on and on and on.”
Yes, totally true. Sadly, it’s no coincidence that Satan is the ruler of this world.
[ When are conservatives going to start bringing down the media? They are not public officials. They are private capital. They exist as part of the CAPITALIST SYSTEM. They are NOT exempt from market forces. ]
The way to kill the MSM as it exists today is not to scream while standing in front of their tanks, the way is to build build more tanks (ie. Fox News) and bring the attack to them and bleed them financially to death.
Here's a good, clean way he might pay off people ---- untraceable casino chips. Easily bought, easily exchanged, easily used.
AND--if any one of them enrolls in casino "high roller" plans, the casino keeps detailed records of every bet and every win, etc etc etc.
NOTE High roller plans are seductive b/c the person gets treated like a potentate----with lavish "perks" to lure them onto the gambling floors, free private jet transfers, limousine use and use of the casinos' best suites. Casinos may also extend credit to a player to continue betting, offer rebates on betting turnover or losses, and salaries of employees may also contain incentive arrangements to bring in high rollers.
In suspected wrong-doing cases, casino personnel are very, very cooperative w/ law enforcement---b/c they do want to lose their gambling licenses.
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