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Palin's pressure on the press

Posted Tuesday, October 7, 2008, at 9:59 AM

I feel sort of ... well, unloved... today.

Because I'm a member of the media. And, because of that, sweet, smiling Sarah Palin just doesn't care about me.

In fact, she might just hate me.

Reporters weren't allowed to talk to the audience at a Palin appearance Monday in Florida.

A reporter asked one of Palin's keepers -- the campaign calls them "escorts" -- why the press couldn't mingle, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

The reply: "In the past, negative things have been written."

And this, a direct quote from last week's debate:

"I like being able to answer these tough questions without the filter...of the mainstream media kind of telling viewer what they've just heard. I'd rather just be able to speak to the American people like we just did."

Offended? Darn right I am! But I'll admit I've usually tuned out the post-debate talking heads in the past few years. They're my fellow media people, though, and that's how they earn their money, so I'll support 'em.

Four sentences later in the debate, she said, "We have to fight for our freedoms."

That freedom includes freedom of communication.

My major impression of Sarah is that she's kinda cute (hey, it's a man thing...), even if she needs to cut down the old lady bun on the back of her head. And, more seriously, she could go far in politics if she can keep relating to average people.

But shutting herself off from the media -- one of her connections to the people, whether she and her handlers like it or not -- isn't helping.


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Who knows? Some might be.

-- Posted by devan on Sun, Oct 12, 2008, at 6:36 PM

It's a good thing Democrats aren't lusting over their unintellectual V.P. the way the Republicans are huh?

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Sun, Oct 12, 2008, at 5:06 PM

"If Sarah Palin had made just one of the wildly inaccurate statements smugly uttered by Sen. Joe Biden in last week's vice presidential debate, there would have been 3-inch headlines in newspapers across America. (I can almost hear Katie Couric asking me, "Which newspapers?")

These weren't insignificant errors, such as when Biden said, "Look, all you have to do is go down Union Street with me in Wilmington or go to Katie's restaurant or walk into Home Depot with me where I spend a lot of time, and you ask anybody in there whether or not the economic and foreign policy of this administration has made them better off in the last eight years."

It turns out that Katie's restaurant, where Biden gets his feel for the average American, closed 20 years ago. The only evidence that he spends any time in Home Depot is that it appears that a pipe wrench fell on his head one too many times.

Palin would surely have been forced to withdraw from the ticket had she said something like that, but most of Biden's errors were not trifling mistakes like these. They were lengthy Lyndon LaRouche-like disquisitions that were pure fantasy from beginning to end.

For example, Biden said about Hezbollah: "When we kicked -- along with France -- we kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon." Hezbollah was never kicked out of Lebanon.

He continued: "I said and Barack said, 'Move NATO forces in there. Fill the vacuum, because if you don't, Hezbollah will control it.'" This is madness -- Lebanon is not a NATO country, nor had any NATO country been attacked by Lebanon.

Somebody please tell me that Biden wasn't picked for the Democrat ticket based on his knowledge of foreign policy.

Biden also stoutly denied that Obama ever said he would sit down with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Liberals find it hilarious that McCain can't use a computer keyboard on account of his war injuries, but Biden is apparently unaware of the Internet, because there are clips all over the Internet of Obama saying exactly that during the CNN/YouTube debate last year.

Biden might have remembered that debate since: (1) He was there, and (2) he later attacked Obama's answer, telling the National Press Club in August 2007: "Would I make a blanket commitment to meet unconditionally with the leaders of each of those countries within the first year I was elected president? Absolutely, positively, no."

And that's still not all! Obama's own Web site says: "Obama supports tough, direct presidential diplomacy with Iran without preconditions."

Somebody please tell me that Biden wasn't picked for the Democrat ticket based on his ability to remember well-known facts.

Biden also gave a long speech at the debate on vice president Dick Cheney's "dangerous" belief that "he's part of the legislative branch." The great constitutional scholar Biden cited Article I of the Constitution as proof that Cheney "works in the executive branch" and has "no authority relative to the Congress." Biden huffily added: "He should understand that. Everyone should understand that."

Palin would have had to deny that Alaska is a state in the union in order to say something comparably stupid.

Article II, not I, describes the executive branch. Someone tell Biden, who is supposed to be a lawyer. Apart from getting the Articles of the Constitution mixed up, what on earth does Biden mean when he says that the vice president "has no authority relative to Congress," apart from breaking ties?

The Constitution makes him president of the senate every day of the week. I realize that Biden may not be able to count to two, but Article I says the vice president is president of one of the two houses of Congress -- the one Biden is in, for crying out loud -- which is what you might call "authority relative to Congress."

Somebody please tell me that Biden wasn't picked for the Democrat ticket based on his knowledge of the Constitution.

In one especially hallucinatory answer, Biden authoritatively stated: "With Afghanistan, facts matter, Gwen. ... We spend more money in three weeks on combat in Iraq than we spent on the entirety of the last seven years that we have been in Afghanistan building that country."

According to the Congressional Research Service, since 9/11, we've spent $172 billion in Afghanistan and $653 billion in Iraq. The most money spent in Iraq came in 2008, when we have been spending less than $3 billion a week. So by Biden's calculations, we've spent only about $9 billion "on the entirety of the last seven years that we have been in Afghanistan building that country." There isn't even a "9" in $172 billion.

Somebody please tell me that Biden wasn't picked for the Democrat ticket based on his knowledge of math.

In the same answer, Biden went on to claim that "John McCain voted against a comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty that every Republican has supported."

The last nuclear test ban treaty the Senate voted on was the one Clinton signed in the '90s. As The New York Times editorialized on the Senate vote a few years later: "Last week, Senate Republicans thundered 'no' to the nuclear test ban treaty, handing the White House its biggest defeat since health care in 1994." Forty-nine Republicans voted against the treaty; only four liberal Republicans voted for it. That's the treaty Biden says "every Republican has supported."

Somebody please tell me that Biden wasn't picked for the Democrat ticket based on his ability to function as vice president."

Quoted from a highly biased internet source, just highly biased from the right instead of the left. You can figure out who?

-- Posted by devan on Sun, Oct 12, 2008, at 4:12 PM

Palin is an absolute IDIOT... and without a script there is plenty of proof.

-- Posted by nascarfanatic on Fri, Oct 10, 2008, at 5:50 PM

Gary Ashley, I agree that Bush hasn't done much of anything for the past 4-7 years. However, the President doesn't have as much power as you'd think. Everything must go through Congress. For several years now Democrats have largely outnumbered Republicans in Congress. So one has to wonder just how much damage the Democrats in Congress has contributed to our now poor economy. Bush made attempts to help out the country economically, but was vetoed many times by Democratic Congress. I am disgusted that he didn't work harder to avoid this economic melt down. But please do not speak for everyone in your hatred towards Palin. I, personally, am an avid Palin supporter.

This election is somewhat terrifying because America is being forced to chose between two men who are both not truely qualified to run this country. However, McCain and Palin both have leadership and executive experiences vs. Obama's extremely limited experience. Sure he's a good speaker, but what has he done to contribute to our nation? He voted, I believe, 120 times on issues in the Senate, but always voted "present" instead of "yay" or "nay". To me, that just doesn't look very promising.

Take care all.

-- Posted by Raven Shonski on Fri, Oct 10, 2008, at 3:14 PM

Personally, I think the main stream media need their little heinies paddled very throughly and made to go to bed with out their supper. But the magazines and papers are a good for the compost and bird cage.

-- Posted by cherokee2 on Thu, Oct 9, 2008, at 4:28 PM

darrick_04,

I watch little television other than National Geographic or the History Channel. Watching SNL came to an end for me many years ago. I just happened to walk by and see the demoralizing skit I mentioned earlier. I do not think I miss much by not watching it or Bugs Bunny anymore.

-- Posted by parkerbrothers on Wed, Oct 8, 2008, at 11:22 PM

You didn't have to tell us, it was obvious by your statement that you don't watch it... therefore you shouldn't suggest that SNL only bashes Republicans. It is, in fact, an inaccurate statement.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Thu, Oct 9, 2008, at 2:32 PM

God bless Sara Palin

-- Posted by mulehorn on Thu, Oct 9, 2008, at 1:31 PM

Go = Good. (A little excitement caused a jam up on the keyboard.)

-- Posted by parkerbrothers on Thu, Oct 9, 2008, at 8:33 AM

quantumcat,

Believe me I love and ""want"" to watch the widdle wabbit but I ""need"" to work.

I have reached the age where I know I must address my needs before my wants. (...sigh)

Go to see you posting again you widdle puddycat :)))

I thought maybe the door of TARDIS had gotten jammed.

Been missing all your good post.

-- Posted by parkerbrothers on Thu, Oct 9, 2008, at 8:30 AM

A little Chuck Jones,Tex Avery,Bob Clampett,et al might do you good,PB.

Give the Wascally Wabbitt another shot.

:)

-- Posted by quantumcat on Thu, Oct 9, 2008, at 4:48 AM

darrick_04,

I watch little television other than National Geographic or the History Channel. Watching SNL came to an end for me many years ago. I just happened to walk by and see the demoralizing skit I mentioned earlier. I do not think I miss much by not watching it or Bugs Bunny anymore.

-- Posted by parkerbrothers on Wed, Oct 8, 2008, at 11:22 PM

The comments came to be when someone asked if all the candidates were being made fun of on SNL and I responded that only the Republicans were and gave the example of the demoralizing act showed on television by an actor portraying our current Republican President.

-- Posted by parkerbrothers on Wed, Oct 8, 2008, at 5:24 PM

Parkerbrothers, I would recommend you watch the most recent SNL skit with the V.P. debate, they made just as much fun of Biden as they did Palin...

http://www.hulu.com/watch/37730/saturday...

They also poked fun at the Dem's for their speeches concerning the bailout

http://www.hulu.com/watch/38041/saturday...

Palin makes for an easy target because she came in like a Pit Bull, and she suddenly can't take the heat. We all know what happens to Pit Bulls who lose the fight.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Wed, Oct 8, 2008, at 9:28 PM

-- Posted by gary ashley on Wed, Oct 8, 2008, at 6:02 PM

I can't stand Palen or the republican lie rs, we all better watch the election or they will lie,cheat, or steal to win It has been done before. most of them are still trying to blame this past 8 Bush years on the Democrats. Why can't they see what they have done to our country?????? the poor are drained as far as they can go. while the rich have gotten richer.all of them will have to answer to God one day. We all know that day is coming so do not pretend you are the christian party when you work against the poor to pay your taxes and uphold such as big oil and the rich

-- Posted by gary ashley on Wed, Oct 8, 2008, at 6:01 PM

darrick_04

Just read the natural flow of the topic and you will see how homosexuality got brought into the subject.

The comments on homosexuality are not vague, have a lot to do with Palin's decision, and actually give well founded reason for any sensible Republican to avoid dealing with a Democratic Biased News Media.

The comments came to be when someone asked if all the candidates were being made fun of on SNL and I responded that only the Republicans were and gave the example of the demoralizing act showed on television by an actor portraying our current Republican President.

I hope that explanation satisfies your intended curiousity. It is the only way I know to explain it to you.

-- Posted by parkerbrothers on Wed, Oct 8, 2008, at 5:24 PM

What in this world does the press putting pressue on Palin have to do with these vague comments about homosexuality? Is it me or the one is most obsessed about the topic is the one who pretends he dislikes it?

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Wed, Oct 8, 2008, at 11:06 AM

As a Christian, one should always aspire and take the higher road. If someone jumps off a bridge then does that mean you will do the same?

-- Posted by jaxspike on Tue, Oct 7, 2008, at 10:13 PM

jaxspike,

No, I would not necessaruly do the same. It would depend on the situation. If it was a hot summer day and we were all swimming I might enjoy it. I have before.

Also the higher road we Christians should walk on is not the road of silence to the dispaying of sins and evils such as the homosexual act I viewed abruptly on TV. What if a young influenceable mind had happened to see the same show and somehow start accepting that homosexuality is okay?

-- Posted by parkerbrothers on Wed, Oct 8, 2008, at 9:36 AM

Just watch the Katie Couric interview... Those were not biased questions.

If you can not tell me one single Supreme Court case that you disagree with (AND YOU'RE PRO-LIFE, eh hum Roe v. Wade) then you need to step aside and let someone who has a clue do your job. If you can't tell us ONE SINGLE newspaper or magazine you get your news from and you are the "governor" of Alaska, and was once a sportscaster (eh hum, member of the media)... then you ought to get out some and understand the real world.

Would it not have been easy to say, I get my news from various sources, or at least say I google it, or get my news from the internet. We know she knows how to use email, so it makes sense to say something, instead of nothing.

She is, and again, I wish I could like her, clearly out of her league. When watching video of her 6 most recent campaign stumps, she says the EXACT same rehearsed things over and over and over... In fact, in a different outfit on different days, you can see the speeches played out simultaneously, verbatim one another. Can she not talk without a script or flash cards behind the podium?

Ironically, she came out like a pit bull and suddenly turns into golden retriever when the questions require knowledge, before answering.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Tue, Oct 7, 2008, at 11:16 PM

To be honest, I would rather not see either situation or skit because it is never appropriate to degrade a group of people that we may disagree with for our own amusement.

As a Christian, one should always aspire and take the higher road. If someone jumps off a bridge then does that mean you will do the same?

-- Posted by jaxspike on Tue, Oct 7, 2008, at 10:13 PM

jaxspike,

After rereading my post you commented on I see that it would have been more appropriate of me to have replaced the first four words of the last sentence (It would be funny) with the words (It would be nice). I see where it could be taken the wrong way. Sorry.

-- Posted by parkerbrothers on Tue, Oct 7, 2008, at 10:06 PM

While I agree there is bias in the media this election time, your comment parkerbrothers is completely tacky and low class and definitely not something a supposed Christian would say.

Posted by jaxspike on Tue, Oct 7, 2008, at 8:52 PM

jaxspike,

If what I said was tacky then what I seen was tacky. Glad we agree on that. It was actually much worse than tacky showing a character portraying our president in a homosexual act. Just told it like I saw it. I do not think it would be right to do otherwise.

-- Posted by parkerbrothers on Tue, Oct 7, 2008, at 9:58 PM

While I agree there is bias in the media this election time, your comment parkerbrothers is completely tacky and low class and definitely not something a supposed Christian would say.

I agree though, Palin is a big girl and she can take care of herself and shouldn't be protected from the media. Yeah, the media is pathetic lately but that is part of it and any person can see through that with a little intelligence so she just needs to do her thing and not worry about the media and that is for all the candidates.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Tue, Oct 7, 2008, at 8:52 PM

I don't watch SNL. Are they doing the same for all candidates?

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Oct 7, 2008, at 4:44 PM

If they are a Republican.

They had a little sketch the other night with George Bush kissing affectionately on Rumsfield I think.

It would be funny if all the Democratic homosexuals that were watching it while smoking and drinking all their "entitlement" checks away decided to vote Republican thinking it was real.

-- Posted by parkerbrothers on Tue, Oct 7, 2008, at 7:39 PM

I received a letter from Gov. Sarah Palin. Really, I did. It has this little headshot of her, & she just signed it "Sarah".

Lest you think I'm some kind of Republican bigwig, I will tell you the straight story. Last year I requested a travel guide of Alaska. The State of Alaska has sent a card offering me a more current travel guide & other information. The letter & card came from the Office of the Governor of Alaska. Aren't you impressed? I think I'll keep it until after the election.

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Tue, Oct 7, 2008, at 7:25 PM

I don't watch SNL. Are they doing the same for all candidates?

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Oct 7, 2008, at 4:44 PM

I love Sarah Palin, its refreshing to finally have someone out there that is not going to let the major(Democratic)news networks,NBC,CBS,ABC run over her.I feel she is better equipted to understand waht the little guy is going thru and coming from. She has things going on in her life like alot of people do.A sone who is fighting a war,a son with disabilities, and a teen age daughter who is going thru some major changes of her own also.

The SNL stuff was cute the first time but now its starting to hurt her chances for being taken serious.Whats next making fun of her family members.

-- Posted by redcat00 on Tue, Oct 7, 2008, at 4:41 PM

She's a big girl...matter of fact she's a Maverick!!!!

Ha, ha, wink-wink

-- Posted by reader_2 on Tue, Oct 7, 2008, at 2:59 PM

I agree with you and Palin. How is that for conflict?

Freedom of communication is necessary, but from previous history, the mainstream press would just use it as fodder for their own "slanted" reporting, so why help them? They seem to be doing just fine in trying to "beat her up" so ......

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Oct 7, 2008, at 1:09 PM


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