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 ...
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.
Actually, the WSJ article didn't mention marathons. That came from the FR thread Sarah Palin runs Marathon with a blazing time of 3:59:36.
In the '60 I was "fortunate" enough to serve in the US Army with a young man from New York City named Eddie Baldwin. Eddie was the most NY-centric individual I have ever met. Nice enough personally, but fatally naive. As far as Eddie knew, a special branch of the NYC utilities crew put the sun away somewhere at about sundown in NYC only bring it back out, and hang in the Eastern sky for another day of providing light and warmth for him and his friends. I had him thoroughly convinced that we still had Indian uprisings to deal with in the West.
Our intrepid correspondent, David Carr, displays a similar lack of understanding of how things are to the west of his stompin' grounds.
That one made me LOL.
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
Yep, Ms O'Hara. Sounds like a Freeper.lol
Actually, the WSJ article mentions her marathons in the subheadline, thus:
For Sarah Palin, a marathoner, mother of five and the first female governor of Alaska, running has always been a family affairand a critical distraction.
Palin ought to steal the line uttered by the former Dem. gov. of Texas, Ann Richards.
Talking about the ability of women to compete in the workplace, she said, “Y’all remember that famous dance team of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. She did all that fabulous dancing while going backward in 4 inch heels.”
> Jesus was a Community Organizer
He was no such thing.
He was a preacher of the Gospel, a healer, a worker of miracles.
He had no home to call his own.
Unlike Jesus, “Community Organizers” like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Barrack Obama, enrich themselves, fatten their portfolios, and basically live large on salaries and perks and graft provided by “community organizations” funded by federal grants and liberal white-guilt foundations.
What a pathetic comparison.
The MEE-de-ah and the dRATs were taken to the wood shed.
I am, am not, am, am not, am, am not a Muslim and ‘plugs’
Thank you Gov Sarah Palin - you've reorganized our community