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Vanity Fair Attacks Sarah Palin

Posted by loricalabrese on September 2, 2010

When there are rumors spreading like wildfire that a 2012 presidential run lies ahead, every note posted on Facebook is an immediate news story, a new book will be published soon, and the buzz is that you’re a politician who’s hit rock-star status, it’s no surprise people are going to gossip.

In this case, it’s Vanity Fair’s Michael Joseph Gross who hit the rumor mill and supposedly talked to some political strategists, Palin friends, hotel staff, shopkeepers, hairstylists and high-school friends of the Palin children on the condition of anonymity to dish the dirt on Sarah Palin. Vanity Fair, which often profiles presidential hopefuls, released two articles for their October issue on the former Governor, headlined “Sarah Palin: the Sound and the Fury” and “Sarah Palin’s Shopping Spree: Yes, There’s More ….” The articles paint Palin in a negative light–as a ruthless, secretive, deceptive, money and media-obsessed roadshow.

For instance, Gross writes that of the many famous people who have stayed at the Hyatt in Wichita (Cher, Reba McEntire, Neil Young), Sarah Palin ranks as the all-time worst tipper: $5 for seven bags.

Gross also writes that Sarah Palin has a terrible temper, citing that on the 2008 campaign trail, “one close aide recalls, it was practically impossible to persuade Palin to take a moment to thank the kitchen workers at fund-raising dinners. During the campaign, Palin lashed out at the slightest provocation, sometimes screaming at staff members and throwing objects.”

Gross also writes, “This whole hunter thing, for Sarah? That is the biggest fallacy,” says one longtime friend of the family. “That woman has never hunted. The picture of her with the caribou she says she shot? She got out of the R.V. to pose for a picture. She never helps with the fishing either. It’s all a joke.”

Despite the long article, it should be noted that Gross only names one person who went on the record, Colleen Cottle, who served on the Wasilla City Council when Palin was mayor. Cottle complained that Palin “had no attention span” and “does not understand math or accounting.”

Ooooh. Do you think Palin is singing, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”?

With only one named source, why should readers believe anything in this article? It seems Vanity Fair deserves it’s spot in the supermarket racks next to The Globe and The National Enquirer.

What I find most interesting about the Vanity Fair articles is that there’s no such thing as bad PR for Palin. The vanity Fair magazine is gossip, plain and simple, but people will be intrigued to read it because gossip sells. But whether they believe it is another issue.

People seem to have grown tired of the hit pieces on Palin, possibly because there are so many. Everyday you click on the computer or open a magazine, there’s an article portraying the former governor in a negative light. The reason why pieces like the two from Vanity Fair have almost no effect is simple: Americans can distinguish articles written to sell magazines and articles written to provide information.

Newsweek writes in an article, Why No Amount of Reporting Can Hurt Sarah Palin,, “Indeed, it is hard to imagine a more conventional politician surviving the claims that Gross makes. He systematically undermines the very aspects of her life that her image is built on: family, God, empowering women, children, and affinity for everyday folks.”

But Palin will survive because every day we wake up to find another hit piece published,  we all know it only helps her popularity, not tarnish it. It proves her point about the “lamestream media”  and just as Americans are losing faith in the current administration, Americans are losing faith in their news system and their responsibility to report THE NEWS.

Read more articles by the National Sarah Palin Examiner at Examiner.com

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One Response to “Vanity Fair Attacks Sarah Palin”

  1. Joy said

    Great piece, Lori – and you echoed what I thought the moment I read it (or part of it – couldn’t stand to read the whole thing!): Namely, EVERYONE (with that one exception, which I missed in my scanning of the article) Mr. Very Gross quotes is ANONYMOUS! Of course, I could see where maybe one or two might be “off the record,” but to have EVERY quote (except one from that nobody on the Wasilla City Council – whose place, for all we know, might be the political “prize” being sought by Mr. Dork himself, Levi!) not attributible doesn’t even meet the “standards” of the National Enquirer!!

    I imagine that most people reading the latest Palin gossip in VF will do so with the same dismissive eye as those who enjoy Obama-in-turban as ‘A MUSLIM!!!” on the cover of this week’s tabloid, “The Globe…”

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