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Archive for June 13th, 2011

Investigative reporting or something else?

Posted by loricalabrese on June 13, 2011

Today, the state of Alaska is scheduled to release 24,199 pages of emails Sarah Palin sent and received during her time as Governor and the media is drooling like a wild pack of dogs. Have they really nothing better to do?

The mass email request began in 2008 as critics and news organizations looked for anything they could find on the vice presidential nominee who was taking the world by storm. Although it’s only been three years since Palin stepped on the national scene, the request to retrieve these emails is hotter than ever and in January, the Alaska attorney general declared that the e-mails had to be released by the end of May.

With the release of such a large amount of emails, The New York Times and Washington Post have even go so far as to recruit readers to help them investigate Palin’s emails in hopes of finding that one email that will finally give the media the smear campaign they’ve been looking for.

Is this really what it’s come to? I’m all for investigating politicians, and with the possibility wide open of a potential Palin run for the presidency, I think it’s relevant that we know about Palin’s history. However, why does it seem as though these requests are only directed at one person? It would definitely seem as though this energy could be used for investigating candidates who have already declared. Frankly, the same media barely vetted the guy actually sitting in the Oval Office and Americans hardly know anything about his career as an attorney and whether or not he was a good student. Let’s not even get into the whole birth certificate thing. But when it comes to Sarah Palin, you can peruse through the former Governor’s old e-mails with ease.

Greta Van Susteren of FOX News weighed in on the issue on her blog, GretaWire. Van Susteren said, “If however a news organization is seen as having a bad motive–ie on a mission to destroy someone rather than trying to assemble noteworthy information and report–it is not journalism but something else. Palin should not get “special treatment” or a “media colonoscopy” simply because the media can’t get enough of her…doesn’t like her…or thinks it will spike readership or viewers to cover her. If the foregoing are the reasons for hiring the extra help to go through her emails (the outsourcing) the public is better served by the Post and the Times (and others) using their resources chasing down other stories…for instance, pouring over documents showing exactly where the dollars are going that are being spent on defense contractors in Afghanistan.”

However, the media insists on investigating Palin. What else is there for Americans to learn about Sarah Palin? Palin thinks not much.

“I think every rock in the Palin household that could ever be kicked over and uncovered anything, it’s already been kicked over,” she told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”

But the media’s obsession with Palin continues, so as Van Susteren calls it, “the media colonoscopy” will commence.

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Lifson: Are the media enameling Sarah Palin with Teflon®?

Posted by joshpainter on June 13, 2011

– by Josh Painter
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American Thinker Editor Thomas Lifson theorizes that the media’s Alaskan email fiasco could backfire on them so badly that it could have the effect of virtually applying a coat of Teflon® to her, thereby enhancing her presidential prospects. The media, by “examining every document for something — anything! — to use as a gotcha” to take down Gov. Palin, says Lifson, is making its extreme hostility toward the former governor and vice presidential candidate transparent to all.

As the nation hurtles toward the 2012 election, inevitably a referendum on Obama’s term in office, with the public deeply disappointed in the change already brought to fruition in the “fundamental transformation” of our country promised by the president, the media once again displays its double standards. More specifically, where Sarah Palin is involved, the public now can see with clarity that the mission of the legacy media is search and destroy.

Many claim that Sarah Palin is “damaged goods,” that her “brand” has been irretrievably tarnished, and that she would be hopeless as a presidential nominee, should she decide to enter the race.

But the very media outlets that mocked her, and convinced the public that she is stupid, are themselves looking stupid. More to the point, the look like bullies. They also look very disappointed that they haven’t been able to come up with much.

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The American public loves underdogs and despises bullies. Polls asking the public about various occupations inevitably find that politicians and media rank near the bottom in terms of credibility and likability. President Clinton and his attack dogs recognized that the impeachment-minded GOP House could be demonized, in effect spray painting him with Teflon® against their attack.

One can at least wonder if something of the same process might be at work with Mrs. Palin. She has demonstrated time and again an ability to confound her haters with unorthodox tactics, turning their fury back against them. The feeding frenzy in Juneau offers her another opportunity to turn the tables on those who seek to destroy her.

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It would indeed be sweet irony if the same media which has been trying to destroy Sarah Palin for nearly three years may, by overreaching, find itself largely responsible for undoing the same damage it inflicted upon Gov. Palin. The irony could only be made sweeter if she runs for the White House and wins the race.

Don’t change a thing that you’re doing, lamestreamers. Keep up the bad work.

Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin

– JP

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