Skip to comments.Palin email bombshell: Some liberals finally start to feel her pain
Posted on 06/15/2011 10:47:35 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
The Sarah Palin email saga produced exactly one bombshell: The mainstream media actually managed to elicit sympathy for Sarah Palin from the showbiz elite. From Jon Stewarts brilliant rant to the supportive tweets from Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, Palin found defenders in quarters where she had previously found nothing but ridicule and scorn.
For those of you who were focusing on more important things over the last few days (such as the debt ceiling or the Weiner photos), heres a quick recap of the Palin email story: After almost three years of legal haggling, the state of Alaska on Friday released over 24,000 pages of emails sent or received by Sarah Palin during her term as governor. Mother Jones and other media outlets had used the flimsiest of pretexts to demand the release of those emails: A local activist had suspected Palin of conducting some political activities on government time. If thats the standard, then journalists should be poring through the emails of every single elected official in the country (starting with the president). And while theyre at it, they should investigate whether gambling was going on in Casablanca during World War II.
The media quickly forgot about the limited pretext for their supposedly compelling need to snoop through Palins emails. The project morphed into an open-ended fishing expedition in the hope of finding something anything that would make Palin look bad. The New York Times enlisted the help of its readers to find interesting and newsworthy emails, people or events that we may want to highlight. The Washington Post issued a similar call to crowd-source their hunt for dirt on Palin as if they were inviting the entire community to participate in the stoning of a witch.
Journalists were so blinded by their Palin obsession that they lost sight of what their job is. Where theres smoke, its a journalists job to investigate relentlessly to find the smoking gun. From Watergate to Weinergate, thats been the model for investigative journalism.
The problem in this case was that there was no smoke. The journalists pre-selected their target Palin and sought access to her emails in an attempt to find smoke. Thats not investigative journalism thats called opposition research, which is what political operatives do to political opponents. Opposition research is the dark art of doing whatever it takes to find something that will take your opponent down.
Of course, traditional journalists are not supposed to treat political figures as political opponents. To most conservatives, the fact that journalists routinely do so is another shocking revelation in the gambling-in-Casablanca vein.
When the traditional media undermine their own credibility, it hastens the publics retreat into the mutually exclusive echo chambers of advocacy media. We thus really are becoming, to quote John Edwards, two Americas divided not by class but by ideology.
The traditional media reside overwhelmingly in only one of the two Americas. Liberals outnumber conservatives in journalism by about four to one, despite being outnumbered in the country as a whole by about two to one. It appears that the profession of journalism, which has become admirably more diverse over the years in terms of race, ethnicity, gender and sexual preference, values every type of diversity but diversity of thought.
In the America that most journalists inhabit, it is an article of faith that Sarah Palin in an idiot, worthy of virtually any insult or indignity. It is not surprising that the journalists of the New York Times and the Washington Post would see nothing wrong in inviting their fellow Americans to share in the excitement of searching through Palins emails. It was as if they were inviting the entire country to participate in a joyous Easter egg hunt, with prizes for sharp-eyed participants who could unearth confirmation of what everyone (in their America) already knew about Palin. Who knows what goodies youll find out there? Spelling errors? Bad grammar? Displays of historical ignorance? Bigotry? Evidence of dare we get our hopes up criminality? As they say in the Ancestry.com commercials, You dont have to know what youre looking for. You just have to start looking.
Any fair-minded person would be appalled at the medias grotesque over-reach in this episode. The problem is that very few of us are fair-minded about people with whom we disagree politically. We all preach civility when it suits us, but almost exclusively to castigate our political opponents for their lack of civility. As for those on our side who launch personal attacks on the other side, well, those attacks dont sound so bad to us because our guys are brilliant and witty and, by golly, theyre right on the underlying substance.
Thats why the recent expressions of sympathy for Palin by Stewart and others on the left is significant. Palin-haters, after all, routinely mock her as an idiot, call her the vilest of names (dumb tw@t was Bill Mahers eloquent contribution to civil discourse), and even poke mean-spirited fun at Palins children including her toddler with Down syndrome as a way of attacking Palin. While the ugliest slurs against Palin have on rare occasions drawn grudging criticism from the left, the typical liberal reaction to anti-Palin vitriol is a polite rewording of the b*tch deserved it.
It really was a breakthrough, then, for the likes of Jon Stewart to be able to recognize that certain behavior can cross the line even when its directed at Sarah Palin. Will partisans on the left and the right now be better able to feel each others pain? Not likely. But its strange to think that for one brief shining moment, Sarah Palin that most polarizing figure in American politics helped bring us all just a little closer together.
David B. Cohen served in the administration of President George W. Bush as U.S. Representative to the Pacific Community, as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior, and as a member of the Presidents Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. He hosts the debate show Beer Summit for PBS Guam.
The author is mistaken. Liberal journalists do not outnumber conservatives ones by a margin of four to one. They outnumber conservative journalists by about ten to one.
They are quite literally drowning in their hate. What a life, to hate with such intensity.
How could they call it 3 years of legal haggling? She left the governorship in the summer of ‘09. We’re only now coming up on 2 years. Or is the arithmetic more sophisticated than that?
Per my observations of the MSM, you're being overly generous, but hey, that's a conservative trait, and I forgive you for it.
Über-Leftist David Corn asked for the e-mail under Alaska’s FOIA like a day after McQueeg selected her to be the Republican VP nominee.
The problem in this case was that there was no smoke. The journalists pre-selected their target Palin and sought access to her emails in an attempt to find smoke. Thats not investigative journalism thats called opposition research, which is what political operatives do to political opponents. Opposition research is the dark art of doing whatever it takes to find something that will take your opponent down."
We conservatives have been shouting from the rooftops for years, how liberally biased the MSM is, but this episode with the Palin emails proves something even more heinous.
It should now be clear to anyone with a functioning cerebral cortex that the MSM isn't just biased toward the liberal view, but that the industry is a virtual arm of the liberal Democrat party, and actively goes after conservatives, patriots, and Republicans who it wants to take down.
They've already lost all credibility with the right, and now it appears that they've lost at least some degree of credibility with many on the left.
Dude! This BS proves why she is a good and decent woman.
She has to run. I gave Michelle today and will give again in a few weeks but if Sarah runs, I’m gonna start writing checks.
IMO, at this time, there are only three maybe four possibles:
My girl, Sarah.
(sorry, forgot the others names)
Let me xplain it 2 U:
Liberal + Math = ???
So some vitriolic PDS libs recognize that this behavior toward Palin and her children may be a bit over the top... and they deserve praise for that? HUH????
where is the speaker of the house demanding that the MSM stand down? Where is the minority leader defending one of the leaders of his party? where are the other POTUS candidates calling out the MSM for their Obama worship? where are the governors and congresspeople and senators that gov Palin helped win their seats?
this is has bad as the blood libel. these people do not deserve our support not one of them has the cajones and the moral fiber to call out the evil in our midst. not one.
True. Once again, the media tried unsuccessfully to create smoke. Just like all of those other tactics such as having a slimebag lib reporter rent the house next door to hers, sending droves of the scum to Anchorage to dig for dirt that never materialized...
The state-run media is terrified of Sarah Palin. And I'm sure they're extremely frustrated by now.
I hope she announces her candidacy soon.
It backfired on them and they know it. There’s nothing genuine about this and they are only shifting their tactics because they know this can be turned around on 0bama and them with this obvious bias and maliciousness. They are part of it even while they attempt to play like they don’t approve of it. Only after the fact when they didn’t find anything. Now what’s in 0bama’s records? They have opened this up and made it about them.
I cant believe that some judge would actually grant a petitioner relief on such flimsy grounds.
After all politics is a vital part of a governors job. Nothing on a governors agenda would ever get done if he or she did not politic. A governor must build support for his agenda or the legislature will simply ignore the governors priorities for their own. That is politics.
But as the author states if that is the standard they had better look at the House and Senate which some reports say spend about 45% of their work day making calls for campaign contributions or seeing lobbyist who had better be packing campaign cash or they will be sent packing.
This is all an instinctive smokescreen. Let these nuisance suits go on for 2 1/2 years and then when, as jackals, they don’t get emails juicy enough to even really spin and all of a sudden they are proponents of squeaky clean journalism AND defenders of Palin? Please!
This is simply defense against similar blowback by the Pubbies (yeah, I know.)
Scratch the surface and they’re not upset that Palin continues to be smeared and ruthlessly investigated by the MSM, it’s that its keeping attention away from Zero and his re-election campaign. They all wouldn’t be wracked with PDS if they didn’t fear her. They are all still trying to justify and spinthe dem butt kicking last Nov.
Feel her pain? No. They’re just trying to regain credibility. Too late.
They're just pointing out that their perfection comes from such deep self-realization at times like this.
"Give idiots enough rope and they will hang themselves."
Thank you lame-brained media for completely, thoroughly, totally vetting Sarah Palin for her Presidential run!
Sure a few Leftys are sorry, SORRY they didnt find anything to Continue to clobber her over the Head with!!!!!
Give me a Freakin Break
Put enough force against something, it will bend around and hit you on the back.
The words of General Stonewall Jackson come to mind: "Give them the bayonet..."
Don’t fall for it. If they were sincere they would be pointing out emails that showed Palin’s dedication to her constituents and her unwavering ethics.
This is all about discouraging the talk of having other politicians undergo the same colonostromy because they fear what would surface with Obama’s emails.
Since when? I mean, on the whole, this was a well-written article, but it falls short on two key points:
The difference is that modern journalism has somehow managed to convince the general public that it is objective, attempting to hide or ignore their own biases, rather than trumpet them loudly for all to see. The fact that the author buys into that at all is a grave error.
Perhaps the author was only considering Leninists snd Stalinists as “liberals,” the rest being “conservative.”
Correct math, as anything else, is a function of the Party Line.
Stewart is exasperated that they came up empty. He is obliquely excoriating the Leftpress for not vetting this for usefulness before making a big noise about it.
They don't recognize it as "over the top" because it was excessive but because it publicly came up empty and made them look ineffective.
They don't feel her pain, only their own frustration.
There was requests for release of emails before she left office.
That is nothing new. Remember the dan raTHer and the "fake but accurate" ANG documents? May as well say Republican-haters, not just Pailn-haters.
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When it come to spewing Palin vitriol, I often have a hard time distinguishing between some so called conservatives writers and those of the far left. It is like she is a left/right equal opportunity target for lies, ridicule and hate.
Is it group think or herd instinct? I have come to think of it as the fear factor, of a threatening force they cannot control.
The very minute she made her appearance in Ohio in August 2008, the witch hunt started. I think it was David Corn who led the charge for all her emails under FOIA at that time.
Highlighting the MSM's contempt and bias in ways even they might be able to understand. Great post, 2ndDivisionVet.
Stonewall Jackson had another quote attributed to him during a battle as they watched the carnage. One of his staff officer’s said he felt sorry to see a brave enemy dying in such numbers.
Jackson coldly replied, “kill them, kill them all.”
No, I wouldn't interpret the reaction conservative writers have toward Palin in that way at all.
“When it come to spewing Palin vitriol, I often have a hard time distinguishing between some so called conservatives writers and those of the far left. . . I have come to think of it as the fear factor, of a threatening force they cannot control.”
“No, I wouldn’t interpret the reaction conservative writers have toward Palin in that way at all.”
I note you omitted the, “SOME SO CALLED” portion of my statement in your post?
We really can’t look into the minds and hearts of others and know what motivates them. But whether they’re genuine conservatives or so-called conservatives, I don’t think that fear of Palin is necessarily what motivates most of their negativity. Please don’t read too much into the fact that I omitted a few words as I am coping with carpal tunnel this afternoon and am trying to minimize my typing.
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