Whorled View

September 5, 2008

Sarah Palin’s a big meany? Yeah, right!

I love watching the ridiculous nature of the MSM (mainstream media) when they pull their keystone-cops routine, just like they’ve been doing with Sarah Palin lately.  I really do.  Sometimes I can’t decide which is funnier … David Letterman (who mirrors MSM political leanings) while he’s trying to be funny, or the MSM while they’re trying not to be funny.

Never is this more apparent than when things don’t go their way.  When things don’t go their way the double standard they set up is hilarious.  Maybe it’s just because I listen to NPR and watch non-Fox channels but I can’t tell you how many times over the last 24 hours I heard pundits disparage Palin for having remarks that were “belittling” to Obama.

Oh No!  Horrors!  She made Obama seem less than what he thinks he is (that is the definition of belittling incidentally)!  She might have hurt his feelings!  Surely he can’t defend himself so that was dirty pool.  Shame, Palin!  For shame!  As a side note: I seem to remember the MSM saying similar things about Romney for attacking his opponents records .. but in the end the MSM got their favorite Republican candidate: McCain, who’s ironically more likely to beat their favorite candidate than Romney was likely to do.

Of course, belittling the opposition is a VP candidate’s main job, and it always has been – it’s called “Good Cop” vs “Bad Cop” and it leaves McCain the role of playing good cop.  Palin was dutifully playing her part … and she did so with amazing alacrity.

Incidentally McCain played the “good cop” very well tonight in dealing with multiple hecklers.  It’s funny how democrats try to crash republican assemblies, but republicans never do the same to democrat assemblies – but again I’m getting off topic.

Yes, there’s hypocrisy in the MSM … feigning shock that she’d desecrate their idol, Obama.  What I found even more humorous though is the MSM was then so foolish as to prove her belittling attitude by showing a snippet where she mocks Obama for saying that small-town people “cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them”.

Okay.  All right.  So … apparently it’s okay for Obama to self-righteously belittle half the people in the US  by making a mockery of their faith and their right to personal defense, but Palin “belittled” Obama!  How could she!

What’s even funnier is all the so-called feminists who’ve ever since have been saying the most sexist remarks about Palin imaginable … claiming that either her kids will get the short end of the stick (ha! as if they really care), or the nation will get the short end of the stick.  Meanwhile I’m sure her husband’s thinking “what am I … chopped liver ?” – can’t he take care of the kids … or is not able, being a man and all – what a sexist assumption!   But the most ironic things is nobody on the left has stopped to ask “Why doesn’t anyone say that about any of the men running for office”?

I mean, aren’t liberal democrats supposed to be the last bastion of equal rights?  Aren’t they the ones who pretend to champion the idea that men should be held to the same familial standards as women (a perspective I actually agree with)?  So why would they say that about Palin, but not Obama.  You know … he has young kids too.

And are they so dense as to think that her kids will sit in squalor without any assistance from Federal staff or more importantly without love and affection from a father who’s been an excellent Mr. Mom for these last few years.  I’m guessing those kids will be doted on no less than were the Bush’s kids, the Clinton’s kids, or any other White House kids.  Sarah Palin’s kids will in many if not most cases receive just as much guidance and care from their father as the others received from their non-political parent.  Hey, wait a minute … Chelsea didn’t even have a non-political parent.  Amazing she hasn’t turned out to be some kind of axe-murderer.

Which brings up the other hilarious point.  I loved watching David Letterman last night – being his funniest (maybe “funny” is too flattering of a word … he was more like “ludicrous”) when he was trying to be his most serious.  You had to watch it to see just how clueless he was.  The audience was shocked really at what he said … his guest, Dr. Phil was a deer-in-the-headlights.  Both Letterman and Dr Phil commented on how silent the audience suddenly was, after which Letterman quickly realized he was way off base from all of his viewers.

I don’t remember Letterman’s exact words but in summary, Letterman was very harshly criticizing Palin for letting her daughter get pregnant.  That’s right folks … it was Sarah Palin’s fault her daughter got pregnant according to Letterman (apparently her husband is off the hook even though he’s been playing Mr Mom – but then I already mentioned the sexist views of the hypocritical left so let’s not delve further into that).  Essentially Lettermen went on to suggest that only an idiot would send their 16 yr old daughter out on a date without a condom (although not in so many words).

Now I’ve seen Letterman say dumb things before where he’s revealed too much about his ridiculous ideas, but even I was a little surprised at these comments, but what’s more I was really dismayed by Dr. Phil’s response.

There was none.  I kept waiting for it but nothing happened.  I kept expecting Dr. Phil to at least fix things a little.  Dr. Phil is generally pretty straight forward even as a guest and will try to nicely shed some healthy balance in such situations like gently mentioning that perhaps not everyone shares Letterman’s wacky views, but Dr. Phil did nothing of the sort.  Instead they both quickly changed the topic and thereby perpetuated a myth that only idiots believe that morality is more important than birth control, and that a baby born into a very loving home where the mother is only 17 is a horrible horrible thing that should be avoided … perhaps aborted at all costs, even if the father is a good reliable kid who loves the daughter and wants to make it right.

So by-in-large I found the MSM responses to Palin hilarious – with a few moments of disgust here and there where I saw the ugly little underbelly and bizarre beliefs that underlie those responses.  It has been overall, delightful to see the MSM squirm and I’m giddy about seeing more throughout the next 60 days … hopefully longer (like 4 years).  Just think … the first woman in an Executive Office will not be of the MSM ilk.  Palin has made McCain a real contender, and in a very real way she is even more capable than their own glorious Obama.  It’s making the MSM and their pundits run around like a bunch of decapitated chickens and I couldn’t be more tickled.

I only wish this show would have started sooner.



  1. This was interesting to read. I’ve been out of the loop on the media stuff as I’ve been very busy lately. But I have heard some very judgemental women commenting on Palin.

    I agree with your take on the double standard, and of course the lack of recognizing Palin’s husband as an involved, loving, and supportive father.

    It will truly be interesting to see how this all plays out.

    Comment by Kristen — September 5, 2008 @ 6:27 am

  2. Well written. The double standard in the media upsets me so much to the point where I think I have to just let it go. I feel like I have to go into the boxing ring for Palin at every turn.

    Comment by salt h2o — September 5, 2008 @ 1:10 pm

  3. I watched both conventions and watch ALL the news channels, but usually Faux News for a good laugh; however, can be pleasantly surprised by them at times. Regardless, the MSM (which is one of the dumbest things Rush has ever coined, cuz seriously, what isn’t MSM and b/c it’s on tv it’s no good? Isn’t he MSM since supposedly so many people listen to him, certainly more than watch MSNBC?!?! But I digress, again!) concerns with Palin and the GOP as a whole is that they are yet to really set a platform or offer any plans. The whole convention was just making fun of Obama and the Dems, which got them elected the last two times, but seems to be childish when the country is in probably its biggest need of solutions in the past 40 years. Making sarcastic jabs and silly jokes is good for Letterman, but not someone I want to run my country. I prefer someone with more maturity, which isn’t always measured in years!

    Comment by Steve — September 5, 2008 @ 1:24 pm

  4. When I listened to the media the morning after Palin’s speech, I wondered if they heard the same speech I did. She was very substantial and her criticisms were few compared to Obama’s speech. I wasn’t sure who to vote for before the DNC, and decided that I would listen to both sides before deciding. I have chosen the Republican ticket, mostly because I do not want Obama for President.

    I don’t know if Palin is the leader she needs to be, but I sure do get a kick out of her. I think she is great.

    Unfortunately I forgot to Tivo McCain’s speech last night so now I am at the mercy of the media for reports of the speech. Darn it.

    Comment by Robin — September 5, 2008 @ 1:52 pm

  5. Steve-

    Just an FYI … the term MSM goes back 80+ years. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_media

    Comment by lullabyman — September 5, 2008 @ 5:46 pm

  6. The other thing I find interesting is the constant comparison of Palin to Obama. Is anyone comparing Biden to McCain? How does this comparison work? Why are we making this comparison–what is the point? It doesn’t seem logical to me. Oh yeah, except she’s a woman and he’s black. Yeah, that totally makes sense. Uh-huh. Got it. Comparing her experience to his is totally relevant. Foreign relations? Good thing we are measuring the dems presidential candidate to the reps veep candidate. PHew! I might not have accidentally voted for the wrong one thinking he or she was running for president instead of veep, or whatever.

    And how about this quote from a Newsweek article (Sept 1, 2008, pag 44) “Obama’s defeat would say that when handed a perfect opportunity to put the worst part of our history behind us, we chose not to.” That statement can only be true if it is agreed that Obama is the PERFECT candidate for president, therefore not elected ONLY because of his racial background.

    Here’s the thing, I have been entertaining voting for Obama this year–but articles and comments like the one above make me feel bullied into voting for Obama, and so I want to do the opposite. But I feel the same way everytime I see some insulting email or blog post about Obama that is racial or claims that he’s some fanatical muslim or whatever. It just totally turns me off to the other direction than the creator intended.

    I like Obama’s presence and demeanor, I think Michelle Obama is classy and smart and compassionate. I don’t think they value the same family principles as I do–but I think they seem to have a lovely family of their own. I agree that we need national healthcare (I don’t understand why this is a partisian issue, I mean I understand why, but I think its a shame), I think we ought to get out of Iraq soon (but with responsibility and diplomacy).

    I’m hesitant to elect a POW to office for the very reason that he’s a POW–his views and emotions of war seem worrysome to me–talk about a maverick who may not listen to the majority of the people he represents. I assume that McCain would have been just as gung-ho if not more so than Bush to go to war. That concerns me. But I don’t think Obama’s ideas to tax the rich and tax companies are the right solution. We need a president who will budget money wisely (Love you, Mitt). I think we could alleviate a lot of problems just by reorganizing and reprioritizing government spending. I think lobyists and insurance companies are completely corrupt–not the average employee–we all have to eek out a living somehow, but the bigwigs. I want more accountibility.

    So, I’m very interested in Palin. I love the character that she is. When the MSM points out (what they think are) character flaws of hers, I usually find myself thinking she sounds pretty great.

    But the double standard is agravating. It is so tiresome and obvious. You’d think it would be obvious to everyone. I am surprised by how completely frustrated I find myself feeling about the MSM perceptions and standards and assumptions of the American people, so patronizing. I feel very alienated from both political parties and candidates right now.

    Comment by Jolly — September 5, 2008 @ 7:24 pm

  7. lullabyman – Sure, mass media has clearly been around for ages, but no one has railed against or made it mean a negative, much like “liberal”, like Limbaugh has. Being mass media aka MSM, isn’t a bad thing, unless you subscribe to Limbaugh’s philosophy where he wants everyone to only get info from him, thus turning him into the MSM that he rails against. It’s just a silly argument. I just wish most people were smart enough to see the obvious bias in all mediums that exist on both the right and left. I tend to stick to foreign news or simple AP/Reuters feeds for just the facts.

    Comment by Steve — September 8, 2008 @ 1:49 pm

  8. Steve –

    I too think Rush Limbaugh is about as annoying as they come. I think you’d find that even most republicans find Rush as annoying as the democrats find him – he’s got his little redneck fan-club, and they’re enough to keep him going, but don’t you wonder why he’s never invited to major RNC events? If republicans buy in to the MSM bias it has nothing to do with that obnoxious man. It does however have everything to do with things like the MSM freaking out over the fact that Palin puts McCain back into the running. Hey, it’s probably pathetic of me, but I do find it quite entertaining.

    That said, if you check out that wiki resource I linked to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_media you’ll see that from the very beginning MSM was coined in reference to a biased news source. Liberal bias in the media has been around and a popular discussion topic for nearly a century – and that’s a good thing.

    Liberal media stations necessary for checks and balances. Conservative national news outlets (and there’s only one) are necessary for the same reason. I find it strange that so many MSM-fanboys consider it to be a distraction, and one which should be shut down. Obviously you don’t think that (you said they can “pleasantly surprise” you), but those who want it shut down probably should move to a socialist republic where “freedom of speech” doesn’t really exist and their socialist views are mandated by the government.

    Incidentally, aren’t “Reuters” and “AP” merely collected news stories garnered from existing news outlets, which if the majority of those outlets are biased, would result in the same bias? I watch CBS evening news every night and NPR exclusively but I take everything with a grain of salt. I really like NPR because it’s raw so when there’s bias (which is frequent) it’s rather obvious – not slicked down and conditioned through a billion $ process to make it sound objective and believable.

    Comment by lullabyman — September 8, 2008 @ 4:48 pm

  9. Jolly –

    That’s a great point … why don’t we compare McCain with Biden?

    I think you comment about a POW being “gung-ho” to go to war is interesting. I’d expect the opposite from a POW, but who’s to say? If you had asked me a few years ago what Bush did wrong I would have replied that he didn’t go in strong enough. In fact, I did say this back then, along with a plan involving safe-zones which coincidentally was mostly adopted during the surge – those not in the safe-zone were deprived of food and water (easy to do in Iraq). In short I was a big fan of the surge long before McCain was. I hope that doesn’t make be gung-ho for war … my reasoning was the same as McCain’s reasoning for the surge: get the job done right quickly and spare far more lives that would be lost in dragging it out with insufficient power.

    I also feel aggravated by emails that seem racist, whether pro-Obama, or anti-Obama (and yes, a person is a racist if they choose to vote for someone because of their race, regardless of that race). Sounds like you and I are on the same page there too.

    Here’s an exercise I’ve found very useful though: take that criticism or opinion (whatever it is), and see if it can be just as easily and effectively applied to a white man with Obama’s record (a well-spoken elitist liberal politician with relatively no executive experience or no foreign policy experience who is running for president). If it works just as well for a white man with those qualities then the comment isn’t racist. When I started doing this I found that 95% or more of the criticism that I thought might be racist content had absolutely nothing to do with race. It surprised me, because I used to consider most anti-Obama comments racist but I think we’re so conditioned to automatically do that regardless of the criticism (at least our generation is conditioned this way).

    Since I’ve been doing that all the emails and things I’ve seen that are not racist don’t bother me any more than similar emails said about McCain, and neither do I come to the wrong conclusion that the one who sent it is racist.

    That said, I don’t care what color someone is if they are an elitist. I don’t care what color they are if they seem more interested in international opinion than in putting our country first. I won’t vote for them if I can avoid it. Right now, more than ever, I think we need a Commander in Chief whom our enemies will fear, and whom our allies will respect. We also need someone who will pull out all the stops to solve our energy crisis. JMHO though.

    Comment by lullabyman — September 8, 2008 @ 5:39 pm

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