Skip to comments.The myth of Sarah Palinís stupidity
Posted on 05/23/2011 9:42:50 PM PDT by onyx
In only the past couple days, just as the Republican presidential field seems to be forming the type of void that almost begs her to fill it, Sarah Palin has once again been called stupid in two high-profile media outlets.
The first came from one of the usual suspects, Chris Matthews and MSNBC, where the host dismissed Palin as having allegedly proven herself to be profoundly stupid.
The second occurred when the Huffington Post repeated a secondhand quote from an anonymous Republican who allegedly told a New York magazine reporter that Fox News head Roger Ailes thinks that Palin is stupid (just a day after Ailes himself, on the record, had mocked Matthews for the idiocy of his Palin statement).
As a veteran of the Palin media wars, part of me thinks that such allegations ought to be treated with all the credibility of a sixth-grade boy calling the girl he has a crush on stupid. After all, I thought we had put this Palin myth to bed when even Matt Lauer was forced to admit live on the Today Show that it was indeed a lie that the Palin whom he visited in Wasilla is unintelligent.
At the time, Lauer laughably told me that it was not necessary for him to correct his friends in the media because he didnt think everybody in the media ran out saying Sarah Palin is an idiot. I thought then that Lauer actually somehow mistakenly bought into such an absurdity. Unless being forced to get up so early has finally eroded his ability to think for himself, I cant believe that he still has that kind of blind faith in the media two years later.
So even though this is an argument that should have been easily won long ago, I still feel compelled, if only for the record, to once again separate fact from fiction.
With regard to Matthewss specific allegation, it is just the latest in a long line of baseless attacks that the liberal host has made against Palin. At times it actually seems as if Matthews is obsessed with Palin (or at least the ratings which inevitably come with bashing her).
One of my biggest issues with Matthews here is that he never provides any real evidence to support the defamatory allegation that Palin isnt intelligent. It is just accepted on MSNBC that it has already been proven beyond any doubt, much like the fact that President Obama is brilliant, that this is simply not worthy of any actual debate.
The other disgraceful element of Matthewss anti-Palin crusade is that, just like this circumstance where his two guests were also decidedly anti-Palin, he rarely if ever even pretends to have on anyone who could possibly provide an alternative view (otherwise known as the truth).
Matthews grew up in Philadelphia in the same neighborhood as many members of my extended family and I have exchanged emails with him many times over the years. Despite this, he has never had the courage or fairness to have me on, and his program remains one of the very few cable news shows where I have never appeared to discuss/defend Palin.
Has cable news television really fallen so far that a host can constantly make gratuitous attacks against someone without even being compelled to have a guest on to provide the other side? Apparently, at least at MSNBC, it has.
As for the New York magazine quote alleging Palins boss at Fox News thinks she is stupid, this is emblematic of yet another dubious and seldom-used media tactic utilized by the media to go after Palin: anonymous/secondhand sources.
Since when is it acceptable journalism to quote one (not multiple) anonymous source claiming what someone else (who just went on the record defending her) thinks about the metal capacity of someone who is currently not an officeholder or candidate? That has simply never been the standard, but as Palin herself has said, when it comes to news coverage of her, all bets are off.
Continued on Page 2 - read his slam-dunk question to those who are so fervently convinced that Palin is dumb >>>>
I love Sarah Palin and I hope she runs. The rest of the Republican field is Lilliputians.
Why are they robbing her of her achievements, givng her no credit? Why are they doing everything in their power to make it impossible for her to succeed, when shes all theyve got standing between them and destruction?
Basically, it is hatred of the good for being the good.
Why would they go through all that trouble if she wasn't a threat?
When it comes to Chrissy Matthews it’s to be expected by Sarah Palin and her supporters that as part of the enemedia Chrissy carries on with derogatory remarks like a jilted teenager.
He’s a revolting individual and John Ziegler has him pegged perfectly. I’m sure Chrissy’s remarks don’t bother Sarah Palin in the least.
Never understood the change of Palin being stupid..
Never hear a word out of her mouth that was questionable..
The charge of her being stupid ..... is stupid..
Not uninformed but stupid.. not just snarky but stupid..
Guess she needs to go on “Jeopardy”
Right! That’s the media lie that will leave somebody *AILing*.
She poses a threat, so she’s stupid. Reagan posed a threat so he was the amiable dunce. George Bush stold the election, so he was stupid. Clarence Thomas is a conservative and never asks questions, so he is stupid.
Kind of a Nancy Kerrigan type thing?
Speaking of Jeopardy, here is an unexpected outcome.
Cheech Marin Smokes Anderson Cooper (ON JEOPARDY)!
You know, it was only a few years ago that the media assured us, in article after article, that Vice President Gore was a giant of intellect. When in fact the man is dumber than a post, and crazy as a bedbug to boot.
Now they tell us in article after article that Obama is this year’s mental giant, when again the man is a little bit dim. Media toadies wouldn’t recognize intellect if it bit them on the butt. Intellect, for them, is anyone that shares their prejudices and knows how to stroke their egos.
Palin is a different breed of cat. She believes in God, America, and family, which makes her normal, but leaves her permanently estranged from the empties who are what passes for “intelligentsia” on the Left these days.
Not only is she smart and beautiful shes also likeable.. even charismatic..
Has beautiful kids, a good looking husband and can process a kill like a hunter...
Not you’re average american woman.. not average at all..
A real pioneer worthy of special attention..
People that hate the United States must HATE THAT...
YEP, We’re a whole lot of TEA PARTY & RedNeck stupid!
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