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Is This It? Really? (Sunday's NYT Palin Hit Piece Demolished)
Commentary ^ | 9/13/2008 | Jennifer Rubin

Posted on 09/14/2008 12:30:06 AM PDT by mojito

The New York Times does the all-so predictable Sarah Palin bill of indictment for its Sunday front page. It certainly sounds compelling in the paragraph called the “nut graf”:

"Throughout her political career, she has pursued vendettas, fired officials who crossed her and sometimes blurred the line between government and personal grievance, according to a review of public records and interviews with 60 Republican and Democratic legislators and local officials.?"

But what is so remarkable is how little there is in the page after page of minutiae thrown against the wall by the Times. And indeed there’s plenty of favorable material there. Up front we learn:

"Ms. Palin has many supporters. As a two-term mayor she paved roads and built an ice rink, and as governor she has pushed through higher taxes on the oil companies that dominate one-third of the state’s economy. She stirs deep emotions. In Wasilla, many residents display unflagging affection, cheering “our Sarah” and hissing at her critics."

In just the first few paragraphs you have testimony that she was “effective and accessible.” So where are we going here? Well, despite the testimony that she was ”accessible,” others find her “secretive” and inclined to put a premium on “loyalty.” The evidence? The Governor’s office declined a request for emails that would have cost over $400,000. Proof positive. Oh, and the records sought (about Polar Bears and such) were in fact obtained.

Then there is the ” she blurs personal and public behavior” charge. The evidence? A phone call from Todd Palin to a state legislator about the latter’s chief of staff, which Palin denies was mentioned. Pretty thin gruel.

Next we have her tenure as mayor, where again all heck breaks loose because — are ya sitting down? — she brought in her own team. No! Unheard of. Jeeez. Next she’ll be firing the town museum director. Oh no– it’s true! Palin says (”Oh yeah, she says,” you can hear the Times reporters hrrumphing) she was cutting the budget.

This is pathetic, really. Is there something illegal here? Is there something nefarious? What is the point?

The next offense: while she was mayor city employees were told not to talk to the press. The horror! Might there have been a procedure, a public affairs or press person for that? We don’t know and the Times doesn’t tell us.

Then we get to the book banning. But if you read carefully there is no banning, no censorship, no list and no nothing other than someone became “scared” of Palin:

“People would bring books back censored,” recalled former Mayor John Stein, Ms. Palin’s predecessor. “Pages would get marked up or torn out.”

"Witnesses and contemporary news accounts say Ms. Palin asked the librarian about removing books from the shelves. The McCain-Palin presidential campaign says Ms. Palin never advocated censorship."

"But in 1995, Ms. Palin, then a city councilwoman, told colleagues that she had noticed the book “Daddy’s Roommate” on the shelves and that it did not belong there, according to Ms. Chase and Mr. Stein. Ms. Chase read the book, which helps children understand homosexuality, and said it was inoffensive; she suggested that Ms. Palin read it."

“Sarah said she didn’t need to read that stuff,” Ms. Chase said. “It was disturbing that someone would be willing to remove a book from the library and she didn’t even read it.”

“I’m still proud of Sarah,” she added, “but she scares the bejeebers out of me.”

So Palin talked “about” removing books — but the piece doesn’t tell us what was said. And we hear about Palin’s distaste for a book about homosexual parenting. Again, is there some story in here? We’re up to page three and it hasn’t popped out yet.

We then learn that she did take on her own Republican Party and won the election for Governor by, goodness gracious, preparing for debates with notecards. Color-coded no less.

Then on page four of this eye-popping account, we learn as Governor she had the temerity to have ”surrounded herself with people she has known since grade school and members of her church.” No! She hired people she knew? And people she trusted because she had just run against a hostile machine of her own party? The Lieutenant Governor offers up that they were “competent, qualified, top-notch people,” but are you going to believe him? And then the kicker: it seemed to, well, work out pretty well. We learn:

"To her supporters — and with an 80 percent approval rating, she has plenty — Ms. Palin has lifted Alaska out of a mire of corruption. She gained the passage of a bill that tightens the rules covering lobbyists. And she rewrote the tax code to capture a greater share of oil and gas sale proceeds."

“Does anybody doubt that she’s a tough negotiator?” said State Representative Carl Gatto, Republican of Palmer."

The nerve — hiring trusted people and running a competent, popular administration. So we veer back to “secrecy” –dastardly tales of using a private email account and reliance on a circle of close advisors. Once again, the sheer banality of it all is both numbing and humorous. Surely the Old Grey Lady hasn’t devoted all this space for nothing? But that’s the conclusion one reaches as we stumble into page five. And that seems to have more of the same — people who didn’t get emails returned or thought she was too adversarial, harboring a “siege-like” mentality against her foes.

Wow, are you shocked and appalled yet? Me neither, and I can’t for the life of me figure out the point of the story. Ah, yes: the reporters were told to “get the goods” and this is all they found. But being the New York Times they made it really long, put it on the front page, and hoped people wouldn’t read it all that closely and say, “I guess she has a pretty good record if that’s all they had.”

And if you are looking for any detailed description of any of her accomplishments — presumably the reason for her 80 percent popularity — forget it. No room for that.


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: 2008veep; mccainpalin; nyslimes; palin; palinrecord; propagandawingofdnc; wasilla; wingedmonkeys
The NYT is still going after Palin?

You don't say?

And it's all a bunch of trumped up exagerations and innuendo?

Knock me over with a feather.

1 posted on 09/14/2008 12:30:06 AM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito

MSNBC website is posting the same kind of garbage:

Headline: Palin Hired Friends, Hit Critics.


2 posted on 09/14/2008 12:33:14 AM PDT by rightinthemiddle (Without the Mainstream Media, the Left is Nothing.)
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To: mojito
If 30 lawyers worked for two weeks and only came up with this small beer, I'd say Sarah is the cleanest politician in the country.

Laughable. This will not harm her in the least.

-ccm

3 posted on 09/14/2008 12:35:12 AM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: mojito

4 posted on 09/14/2008 12:38:02 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: mojito
I lived and worked for 5 years in Alaska.

Politics was what ever the local Unions wanted done.

The union guys played rough when crossed and in some cases had power over whether or not a person could find a job in the state.

5 posted on 09/14/2008 12:45:03 AM PDT by OKIEDOC (The Difference Between Palin and Obama is Common Sense, She's GOT IT, He DOESN'T)
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To: Lancey Howard

Are you saying don’t look for a stock split in the near future?


6 posted on 09/14/2008 12:49:54 AM PDT by madameguinot (Baldrick, I have a cunning plan...)
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To: mojito

The NYT just has to be on our side. They are bound to know by now that the more they go after her, the more they cause people to rally around her.


7 posted on 09/14/2008 12:58:41 AM PDT by beckysueb (Drill here! Drill now!)
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To: ccmay
"Ms. Palin has many supporters."

Yawn. 30 lawyers. Two weeks. And these shmuck reporters still haven't discovered her title is Gov. Palin.

8 posted on 09/14/2008 12:59:15 AM PDT by roadcat
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To: madameguinot

It’s pretty low. But it has to go back up, right? I mean it’s a good buy now isn’t it? Bwahahahahaaaaaw.

Nope, it’s a GOOD-BYE!


9 posted on 09/14/2008 1:02:46 AM PDT by CanaGuy (Go Harper!)
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To: roadcat

many admirers in alaska and some critics. Were those critics other reporters? Ya know Alaska population is very small, your army of lawyers and reporters probably make up 20% of the population


10 posted on 09/14/2008 1:07:01 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: mojito

It was on the internet. It must be true!


11 posted on 09/14/2008 1:15:02 AM PDT by incredulous joe
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To: incredulous joe

Maybe the Slimes should have sent the 30 lawyers to look up Elliot Spitzer’s failings. Or how about the current governor of NY. Never happen.


12 posted on 09/14/2008 1:23:09 AM PDT by doosee
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To: CanaGuy

I have a buddy who says that eventually the media will come around, but I don’t think they will.

The MSM remind me of some of those chase scenes on shows like “COPS”, where the hoods start out with a stolen and fully loaded Range Rover, then smash it up driving into everything on the road, accelerate to open roads, blowing the tires and the jackasses still keep pounding the gas peddle, even when they are down to the sparking rims of all 4 tires.

When the car drives no further the hood get out and they all have that same stupid face when they look at the cop. It’s classic!

That’s the NYT and the mainstream media.


13 posted on 09/14/2008 1:23:49 AM PDT by incredulous joe
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To: mojito

It appears that the NY Slimes are not getting the message... Attacking Sarah Palin will not win the election for Obama.


14 posted on 09/14/2008 1:26:21 AM PDT by jerod (They were pro-abortion, for gun control & wanted a cleaner environment at all cost - The NAZI party)
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To: doosee

Careful now,...I think the governor may accuse you of being a racist or maybe you have this deep seated hatred for blind people or philanderers.

I loved his whole mea culpa for the press when Spitzer resigned ~ just so you all know, and before taking the oath of office, I cheated on my wife, too,

What a pig!


15 posted on 09/14/2008 1:28:34 AM PDT by incredulous joe
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To: mojito
Let us not forget how the NYT responded to Geraldine Ferraro's nomination as Veep candidate in 1984: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2080942/posts

With the NYT's money quote then:

What a splendid system, we say to ourselves, that takes little-known men, tests them in high office and permits them to grow into statesmen.

16 posted on 09/14/2008 1:30:07 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: jerod
Attacking Sarah Palin will not win the election for Obama.

While that is true, it is also true that many un-political Americans are subliminally getting negative messages aout Palin through the media. Countering is essential.

17 posted on 09/14/2008 1:32:41 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: madameguinot
Are you saying don’t look for a stock split in the near future?

I'm saying look for people to split from that stock.

18 posted on 09/14/2008 1:40:49 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: mojito
This ought to really tick off the NYT... Wasilla has published the same source documents these dolts are using as "evidence" against her! www.cityofwasilla.com/index.aspx?page=136

Of particular interest are the two documents on the Library issue.

19 posted on 09/14/2008 1:47:59 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: incredulous joe

I consider the NYT to be a journalistic sewer so it fits that the little piggies like Schumer, Clinton(s), Patterson, Spitzer, et. al. enjoy cavorting in it. Pinch Sulzberger (the failure as Chairman) is the sewermaster. It also is not surprising that a patriotic American who is pro-life and possesses strong morals like Sarah Palin would be the arch enemy of the NYT.


20 posted on 09/14/2008 2:08:45 AM PDT by doosee
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To: madameguinot; Lancey Howard
Are you saying don’t look for a stock split in the near future?

Quite the contrary. At the rate the NY Slimes' stock is going south, a reverse split might soon be all the news that's fit to print.

21 posted on 09/14/2008 2:24:13 AM PDT by Dahoser (America's great untapped alternative energy source: The Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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To: mojito

“and sometimes blurred the line between government and personal grievance...”

Says the NY Times as an Obama Loyalist in the Alaska Legislature conducts a so-called investigation of Sarah.


22 posted on 09/14/2008 2:42:24 AM PDT by NavVet ( If you don't defend Conservatism in the Primaries, you won't have it to defend in November)
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To: mojito

If Sarah were a Catholic, the stuff the NYT dug up wouldn’t add more than 5 minutes to her canonization process. Buchanan said it right: “it’s not what she’s done, but what she is” that ticks them off.


23 posted on 09/14/2008 3:06:17 AM PDT by Mancolicani
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To: doosee
Pinch Sulzberger (the failure as Chairman) is the sewermaster

In sewage plant lexicon, Pinch would the HTHIC.

Head Turd Herder In Charge

24 posted on 09/14/2008 3:35:34 AM PDT by woofer ('Senator Obama ain't run nothin' but his mouth' - Steyn)
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To: mojito

And klinton fired all U.S. Attorneys with nary a peep from the NYT. Hilary stole 900 FBI files with nary a peep from the NYT.


25 posted on 09/14/2008 4:14:52 AM PDT by Waco ( G00d bye 0'bomber)
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To: Waco
“And klinton fired all U.S. Attorneys with nary a peep from the NYT. Hilary stole 900 FBI files with nary a peep from the NYT.”

Exactly. I have a friend who thinks the NYT is the most credible newspaper in the country. Frustrating.

26 posted on 09/14/2008 4:45:01 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: mojito
while she was mayor city employees were told not to talk to the press.

My company has a policy that explicitly prohibits employees from discussing company matters with the press, even when not at work. The rationale is obvious, you can also find someone inside a big company who will say anything, whether fact, fantasy or opinion. You have right to free speech, you don't have a right to a job. Sometimes you gotta choose.

They did fire a vice president who critized the Navy (not the company) in a public forum. The guy now works for one of those "public interest" think tanks and occassionaly appears on Sunday morning talking heads forums, when they need someone who will reliably needle the defense industry and the military.

27 posted on 09/14/2008 4:56:24 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Chicken counting time starts Nov. 5.)
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To: doosee

And why not? He’s a sewer rat, and all his actions, motivations, and directives prove it.


28 posted on 09/14/2008 4:57:47 AM PDT by DGHoodini (Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand)
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To: incredulous joe
"The MSM remind me of some of those chase scenes on shows like “COPS”, "

I enoyed your comparison very much.

29 posted on 09/14/2008 5:15:06 AM PDT by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: mojito

Liberals are still attacking Palin and ignoring McCain.

If liberals ever went hunting, they would shoot the doe standing next to a B&C record buck.


30 posted on 09/14/2008 5:18:03 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: mojito
"Throughout her political career, she has pursued vendettas, fired officials who crossed her and sometimes blurred the line between government and personal grievance,

Good for her. She's my kind of reformer, the "take no prisoners" kind.

Go for the jugular, Sarah, and eliminate anyone that gets in the way of your mission!

Finally, someone who will not be intimidated or bought.

31 posted on 09/14/2008 5:18:39 AM PDT by varon (Allegiance to the constitution, always. Allegiance to a political party, never.)
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To: madameguinot

Maybe a 1 for 10 to keep it from getting de-listed or out of the pink sheets...


32 posted on 09/14/2008 5:41:04 AM PDT by M-cubed (Why is "Greshams Law" a law?)
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To: rightinthemiddle
Yeah... MSM and the Times never looked at Travel Gate. The Clinton Administration not only fired these people but brought up charges against them. (Way to go Hillary....)

How many lives did they destroy in that little escapade so that they could bring in the Thompsons.(?) The MSM certainly never went to Billy Dale to ask his side of the story.

33 posted on 09/14/2008 5:42:53 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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To: Erik Latranyi
If liberals ever went hunting,... they couldn't load the damned gun. Hell they wouldn't even touch it.

They'd run.

34 posted on 09/14/2008 5:46:50 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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To: mojito
Pictured below are the NY Slimes Sara Haters posing as oped writers. All of them are clones of Jayson Blair, the drugged out homosexual, who never wrote anything that was the truth.

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Here is something, we can all do this week to start eliminating the NY Slimes as a threat to our nation.

We can do it at our computers and do it in less than 1 hour. Besides sending a severe warning to the NY Slimes and the mutual fund companies which buy and own NY Slimes stock. We will improve our precious investment capital being wasted on NY Slimes stock.

If a few thousand freepers did this simple action this week and a few thousand new freepers, friends and relatives each following week, we will have a terminal impact on the vile NY Slimes acts like their trashing of Sarah Palin.

Please send this simple "how to" to your blogs, friends, relatives and email lists. This action will serve as a cannon shot across the bows fo the other Dinosaur Liberal Fish Wraps re sedition will not be tolerated any more.

INSTRUCTIONS FROM Grampa Dave:

 

Want to smash the NY Slimes?
Check your mutual funds to see if they own NYT, the NY Slimes Stock

 

 

How many of us own mutual funds which own NY Slimes stock and even worse have increased their NYT holdings this year.

NYT investment by a mutual fund company is a terrible investment re the dollar loss in Stock value the last 2 years. Those investments are an attempt to keep the NY Slimes afloat with our mutual fund $'s.

Now it is very evident that the NY Slimes is an agent and abettor of the al Qaeda Serial Killers. The Slimes is endangering the lives of our families, friends, innocent Americans and every warrior of ours.

Go to this link to see if your mutual fund owns NYT.

http://moneycentral.msn.com/ownership?Symbol=NYT http://moneycentral.msn.com/investor/invsub/ownership/ownership.asp

When the MS Money stock home page comes up, enter NYT into the search area and hit enter and the following screen will show up re ownership of the NY Slimes stock:

The New York Times Company: Ownership Information

  • Shares Outstanding 145.00 Mil

  • Institutional Ownership (%) 83.40

  • Top 10 Institutions (%) 58.60

  • Mutual Fund Ownership (%) 42.64

  • 5%/Insider Ownership (%) 7.77

  • Float (%)

Highlight the Mutual Fund Ownership and hit enter.

If thousands of Freepers, whose mutual funds own shares of NY Slimes did the following:

  1. Sell those mutual funds or trade them for funds not owning NYT.

  2. Send a letter to the fund managers and the CEO's of the mutual fund company telling them why you sold/transferred their mutual fund owning NY Slimes stock. Then demand to know why they are wasting your precious $'s on a lie based fishwrap company which is a terrible investment.

  3. Contact the SEC to investigate why this mutual fund and mutual fund company invested your $'s in one of the worse investments of the past 2 years. Was the investment of yours and others a political bailout of the NY Slimes.

  4. Send this how to re Mutual Funds with NYT stock to everyone on your email list for a wakeup call.

We might have a lot more impact than trying to boycott companies which sell to the elite liberals of NYC and advertise in the NY Slimes.


In closing: There are no free lunches, and we must support Free Republic on a regular basis! (Link to Donate/Become a monthly donor to Free Republic)

35 posted on 09/14/2008 5:51:24 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (I do not want to know the type of person, who does not like Sarah Palin!)
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To: mojito

So Sarah Palin plays hardball. Wow. Sounds like she passes the FIRST test for being POTUS.

So, America, after reading that, who do you want across the table from Putin: Palin or Obama?

The unstated divide in this election is that 40% of the country want a President who is therapist-in-chief, 40% want a President who will kick the asses of the bad guys. And the rest will decide the race based on what they dreamed the night before the election.


36 posted on 09/14/2008 5:56:02 AM PDT by Taliesan
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To: mojito
pursued vendettas, fired officials who crossed her and sometimes blurred the line between government and personal grievance

Sounds like a description of the Chicago politcal scene when the crooks who run Chicago and Illinois are trying to be nice.

37 posted on 09/14/2008 6:09:37 AM PDT by Rum Tum Tugger
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To: incredulous joe; PGalt
I have a buddy who says that eventually the media will come around, but I don’t think they will.
Actually, they can't. Their business model requires that the public buy assumption that journalism is objective - but it also requires that journalism function as a special interest which needs, and actually manufactures, bad news. And the public is beginning to notice . . .

38 posted on 09/14/2008 6:41:15 AM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The conceit of journalistic objectivity is profoundly subversive of democratic principle.)
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To: Cementjungle
Thanks for posting those links.

If the MSM had any sense of fairness, or even a modicum of commonsense, the “banned book” discussion would be over, and maybe even apologies issued.

However, the media has whipped themselves into a demented frenzy; they really can't help themselves.

Their collective dementia is now so severe that they don't even realize that this kind of coverage is so lopsided, so grotesque that it's hurting, not helping, Obama.

39 posted on 09/14/2008 8:29:06 AM PDT by mojito
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To: Grampa Dave

Where’s Tom Friedman in your rogue’s gallery?

I missed his self-satisfied smirk.


40 posted on 09/14/2008 8:32:40 AM PDT by mojito
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

Thanks for the ping. Thanks very much for your contribution to this forum...this country.


41 posted on 09/15/2008 12:44:36 AM PDT by PGalt
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