Skip to comments.Drawing a Bead on the Press
Posted on 09/07/2008 8:03:58 PM PDT by Gondring
Before Gov. Sarah Palin came flying in from the wilds of Alaska for the Republican convention in St. Paul, there was a lot of sniggering in media rooms and satellite trucks about her beauty queen looks and rustic hobbies, and the suggestion that she was better suited to be a calendar model for a local auto body shop than a holder of the second-highest office in the land.
Ms. Palin, unwilling to be rendered as a caribou-skinning cartoon, stepped to the microphone on Wednesday and punched back.
In the press galleries at the convention, journalists wrinkled their noses in disgust when Piper, Ms. Palins youngest daughter, was filmed kitty-licking her baby brothers hair into place. But to many Americans including some I talked to in the convention hall that looked like family church on Sunday, evidence of good breeding and sibling regard.
Even her styling for the speech spoke volumes. Avoiding the fashion traditions of both show business and politics, Ms. Palin looked great, but not glamorous more like the put-together neighbor down the street who got gussied up for date night with her husband.
[...]Ms. OHara was fired up by all the sudden energy, but a bit suspicious of those who were there to cover it.
Conservatives have a bad history with The New York Times, she said, looking at my press ID, still smiling and still very friendly. How can I be sure that you wont take my words and twist them to suit some agenda that you already have?
Her friends from Montana leaned in and enjoyed the spectacle as I stammered my way through a response. Im working on an answer because I dont think it is the last time that question is going to come up.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
How did this slip through?
NYT running for cover?
They are probably planning a real hit job on her and printed this so they could claim they are “balanced”. Although that’s rarely been necessary before.
They can all pound salt.
How did this slip through?
I think Mr. Carr's wife informed him he better treat Sarah with respect.
If not, the sofa would need reupholstering before he would be allowed to return to the bedroom.
Aptly titled by the NY Slimes.
The jig is up, MSM/DBM.
Bravo Sierra. This is nothing but forced self-deprecation by a representative of a narcissistic pseudo-profession as a tool to disarm the rubes. This guy’s article is too precious for words, but no one should take this seriously. IMHO
The backlash against the media’s anti-Palin jihad seems to have rattled a few cages. Looks like the NYT is going to retract its fangs and lie low for a bit.
Hey David Carr. Eat me.
I think America saw a decent honest Conservative for the first time since RWR left office and they really really liked what they saw. The cognizant Left ( granted, a small minority ) is wetting their panties.
Is this the guy that used to play QB for the Texans? LOL
It’s actually David Carr’s colleagues who are the problem...read the whole piece and he actually makes Republicans sound vaguely human.
These elitists despise average American people.
Let some of those people (like Palin) do something extraordinary and they become apoplectic.
The modern MSM is full of scum and they hate us.
And the feeling is mutual.
If it wasnt the NYSLIMES being disengenuous, this would be my quote of the day.
I think you're right. They are going to try a bit more subtlety in their hit pieces now.
"You can't un-ring a bell" - Paul Harvey.
Both of ‘em are losers! LOL.
David Carr of Houston Texans fame is actually a good guy, he’s just a terrible quarterback.
Did anyone see Rick Sanchez tonight discussing Sarah Palin? Rich Sanchez said that the McCain camp had referred to Obama as Jesus and Mrs.Palin, like Pontius Pilot, govenor. I thought I read an article on FR today which quoted Donna Barzile as saying that. As a matter of fact I believe the Youtube video of that was posted. In a hit-piece by Sanchez tonight he attributed that to the McCain camp. Does anyone have a chronology on this?
If this was all I knew about Palin - that she was able to confront this man in a firm but honest fashion - she would have my vote../
“Im working on an answer because I dont think it is the last time that question is going to come up.”
Good luck with that.
I’ve seen something similar as a bumper sticker:
Jesus was a Community Organizer;
Pontius Pilate was a Governor.
Waste of ammo.
The words were by a supporter of Palin, not Palin.
Palin is so good at playing the media because she IS the media. She has a degree in journalism and worked as a TV broadcaster. As an insider, she knows the profession’s vulnerabilities.
They’re only being nice because of the polls. They realized that the 24/7 slime wasn’t working. Now they’re going to turn to the “polite with a stiletto” tactic.
I'm surprised a gun control nut at the New York Times would even know what the phrase meant ...
The NYT is scaling back their vitriol against Palin. Perhaps it’s because they know obama is done and that Palin is the next VP. They want to ensure some access to the future McCain admin.
“Jesus was a Community Organizer”
Not for a hard left operation like ACORN, which registers dead people to vote Democrat.
I don’t have a chronology but I saw the quote posted at the DUmp several days ago. Like Campbell Brown, it’s been everywhere.
The lady who asked that question of the reporter was not Palin. Instead, it was a delegate.
I agree. This was an overall positive piece.
Remember, libs are more interested in money than principle. They are beginning to lose money...
I thought this artice was pretty well balanced so I sent the following message to David Carr:
“David, thanks for your balanced report on Mrs. Palin. Conservatives don’t expect praise only from the media, but we do want truth and we want all candidates held to similar standards and vetting. I am grateful that your report appears to meet these criteria. Even if not all can agree with Sarah’s political or social positions, isn’t it clear that that she is a remarkable woman, probably representative of many, many others who balance work and family. Can’t we all celebrate that?”
He responded almost immediately with the following:
” I think her choices — with five hungry kids, I personally would have never fired the chef — will resonate huge with the public. we have not seen the likes of her in national politics.
thanks for kind note.”
Perhaps some writers, even those with the “Slimes,” can be encouraged with positive responses when warranted. Remember the Bible says that a kind word turns away wrath.
I don’t get why in the same sentence it’s SENATOR Clinton and MS Palin - but not Governor Palin. Every article has her as Ms Palin - not Mrs. OR Gov.
You’re right. Thanks.
Between this one and the new frontpage article that’s going to be on the Monday morning edition...
Trying to disprove that they are biased????
>>>David Carr seems to get it...somewhat.
How did this slip through?<<<
I’m a former newspaperman. In fact, I worked in Wasilla when Sarah Palin was on the city council. I quit in disgust because of the unrelenting leftist politics... but that’s another post. Here’s my response to the idea that David Carr gets it.
Newspapers are, at their core, businesses. They need readers to stay alive. For the past 15 years, the print media has been dying of anemia as readers slowly drain away and move to other sources of news. The Times is a husk of what it used to be when I read it religiously back in the early 1970s, and they know it, and many publishers, editors, and reporters already know that the reason readers are leaving stems from the notion of “advocacy journalism,” which almost always means “leftwing advocacy.”
Since most of us aren’t leftists, readers get bored, disinterested, disgusted, or supremely pissed off. They’re looking at Limbaugh and O’Reilly and Drudge and wondering how they can do it, too.
Eventually, they will either adapt or die. Many will be unwilling to give up their leftist beliefs, and those papers will go the way of poetry readings and the village crier. Some will gain of glimmer of understanding and start opening their newsrooms to journalists who reflect their readers.
My frank assessment of the Times is it is too late to provide the token conservative viewpoint and hope for increased readership. Too many readers have been burned too many times. Palin, though, for the left, must feel like being dragged through the gauntlet.
This moment in our nation’s history feels to me like the watershed moment when the left is finally going to pop like the empty balloon it is. The popping noise will probably sound more like a fart, though. Stink bad, too. LOL
"We have not seen the likes of her in national politics."
Indeed. Even the Times is forced to realize we have a candidate of enormous appeal and authenticity.
Yes that is the way it’s said here and we mean it to sound that way!
Dang. Just dang. He ADMIRES her.
He may even has an inkling of her as a probable historic, long remembered figure.
This is really not going to go over well among the chattering classes. I know many who will choke on their coffee tomorrow morning, around Eastern Time.
Sanchez has a drinking problem and is a full blown LOON.
I think this is new policy. NYT’s revenues are down. They have to be totally stupid not to see the wave of backlash coming at the media. Maybe even they have said, if you can’t beat them, join them.