Thursday, January 08, 2009

The Media Was Just Too Tough on The Pitt Bull From Alaska…

…because of “class”.

It’s going to be interesting to see how that plays out and I think that as we watch that we will perhaps be able to prove that there is a class issue here also that was such a factor in the scrutiny of my candidacy versus, say, the scrutiny of what her candidacy may be.
– Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin.

Alaska’s Governor Sarah Palin, still not happy that the press didn’t go as soft on her last year as she would’ve liked, (says she) believes Caroline Kennedy is getting special treatment (that I suppose Palin thought she herself deserved instead) in her campaign for the New York Senate appointment because of a “class issue”. She thinks this “class issue” can be “proven” in fact. I suspect there’s a lot of feigned ignorance, contrived inaccuracy and willful ineloquence being expressed and exercised by good old Jolene Six Pack on the Youtube excerpts that debuted Wednesday (fast forward to about 5:54 on that video, -nobody should have to watch more of this nonsense than is absolutely necessary).

We here at “Random Thoughts” are once again not falling for it. Wading through lies is tough work. It’s best to take it one step at a time.

First of all, “they” are going “tough” or “soft” on Caroline Kennedy
(Overwhelmingly soft in my estimation, because let’s face it, just like the pit bull in lipstick from Alaska, she shouldn’t be anywhere near this seat as my collaborator on this blog has already pointed out)
-because she is a KENNEDY.
She is a celebrity. She is the daughter of one of the most mythologized and popular presidents in history. They are not going soft on Caroline Kennedy because she is rich, or because she was born into, or resides in, the upper class strata.

Second of all, nobody “came after” Sarah Palin because of her “class.” They (-by the way, a translation of GOP speak for a term like “they” in this context is: “the news”) “came after” Governor Sarah Palin because of public outings like this one, where she literally stunned anyone who was listening to the broadcasts and interviews with her: inexperience; unawareness of current issues facing the nation; legislation; inexperience with concepts in American civics; unfamiliarity with the Bush administration’s foreign policy; aannnd ignorance of actual politics. It must also be remembered that the meaning of “came after” in this context is actually: “demanded an answer to a direct question.” So the GOP and its supporters would do well to remember that “coming after” someone is actually the news media’s job.

But Sarah Palin and filmmaker John Ziegler already know this.

What they are trying to establish in these excerpts and in the forthcoming documentary on Barack Obama’s election victory, is an underdog’s narrative for Sarah Palin wherein she was excluded/mistreated/persecuted because she was working class.

The truth is, she was a terribly bad choice, shockingly so, for a vice president from any party. It diminished the public’s estimation of John McCain’s judgment in many cases, drawing articulate protest and criticism from Republicans themselves like Senator Chuck Hagel.

But Sarah Palin and filmmaker John Ziegler already know all of this.

They are pretending they don’t know that it was Sarah Palin’s lack of qualifications, lack of relevant experience and skills that have made her a pariah and an embarrassment to the GOP. Sarah Palin and John Ziegler are pretending it’s not the Governor’s own weaknesses and deficits as a politician and a holder of public office, but just the media’s highlighting of her intellectual shortcomings that made the American people turn away from her and openly mock her around the clock.

John Ziegler is hoping to distract Americans like myself from the fact that Sarah Palin is unqualified to hold the second highest office in the land, one heartbeat away from the presidency no matter what her social or cultural background. John Ziegler wants me to believe that Sarah Palin was ridiculed because the “liberal mediadidn’t like her folksy attitude, her blue collar roots, and “gosh golly darnit” way of talking. I guess Mr. Ziegler has no way of knowing that I grew up poorer than him and Governor Palin put together in a neighborhood surrounded by rubble. The persecution rap he is trying to float with regard to Sarah Palin just doesn’t wash with me. I couldn’t see beyond her shortcomings and lack of experience last year, and I still can’t. I shouldn’t have to look that hard beyond mediocrity.

Mark Twain was folksy, Sarah Palin is dumb.
There’s a big, big difference.

John Ziegler wants you to think that Sarah Palin was mistreated by the media.

Sarah Palin wasn’t mistreated by the media.
She was covered by it.

… and that’s all it took for all the world to see what a dangerously inept statesperson John McCain had picked as a running mate in 2008.


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