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Ouch, the Media Might Need to Put a Little Ice on that

The most amusing thing to watch following the Palin speech last night was the journalists pretending not to know why on earth Sarah Palin would be so critical of them. She definitely landed a punch with her criticism. Roger Simon shot back with a sarcastic, dare I say "shrill," column listing the reasons the media does not owe Palin an apology. My answer to Simon's silliness is to tell him that Republicans have no problem with the media asking questions. We would love to see the media ask all kinds of questions, not just of our candidates though. There are hundreds of questions that have not been asked of Barack Obama, but the media had plenty of time to go around in search of DNA samples. I could go on about how lame and whiny Simon's response is and give examples of the things the media has gotten wrong about Palin this week, but that has already been done at Ace of Spades.


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Once again the left-leaning... (Below threshold)
John S:

Once again the left-leaning media will be the reason their candidate loses. Pity that.

Some one should remind Roge... (Below threshold)

Some one should remind Roger that the bulk of the media has still refused to properly vet their "community organizer" the same way they avoided demanding DNA samples from Edward's love child.

"Here's a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I'm not going to Washington to seek their good opinion. I'm going to Washington to serve the people of this country."

This is a pretty sharp stick in the eyes of the media. I'm lookin' forward to Palin's manual on how to field dress a journalist.

Something I want people to ... (Below threshold)
cirby:

Something I want people to start asking:

"What did Obama actually DO as a 'community organizer?'"

I'd like to hear actual, detailed stories about what he did, who he did it for, who paid his salary, who hired him, and who would have been in charge of firing him if he screwed up too much. It's all very vague in the ones I read - and no, his autobiographies aren't good sources. Let's hear some independent confirmation of what he did for a change...

Dammit, Rovin beat me to it... (Below threshold)
cirby:

Dammit, Rovin beat me to it. He posted while I was editing.

Thanks for that tip off, Lo... (Below threshold)

Thanks for that tip off, Lorie. Great job at Ace of Spades tearing him apart for the right reasons.

Last night's speech was fan... (Below threshold)

Last night's speech was fantastic. I've read from liberals that her tone was "shrill" and "sarcastic". What in the hell did they expect to hear after attempting to trash her and her family for the last 4 days?

I listened to an FM morning show this morning, and the brainless talking heads were saying they "...still didn't know Sarah Palin, only that she's a Pit Bull with lipstick." and that they "...still don't know who to vote for." As if a 30 minute speech to the Republican National Convention is supposed to lay out all of her beliefs in order to sell herself as a viable candidate to them. Some people are too empty-headed to do 5 minutes of research on each candidate, I guess.

Her speech last night was the best speech I've seen and heard since Ronald Reagan. She will be the POTUS one day, take it to the bank.

Oh, that Roger Simon... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Oh, that Roger Simon, not the PajamasMedia guy. Whew. What a snarky whiner this guy is. Is he always this pissy, or are his other columns less effete?

cirby:You might lo... (Below threshold)
maggie:

cirby:

You might look here, especially at the river
daughter site.

://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=obama+community+organizer+chicago&btnG=Google+Search&aq=f&oq=

She lived through his community
organizing.

That Roger Simon has... (Below threshold)
apb:

That Roger Simon has always been a snotty little pissant. For a clown at the top of his guild, he's sure leading the race to the bottom. How about it, That Roger Simon? What about Obomber's mad 'community organizer' skillz? Anything to do with Annenberg cash? What about Ayers? Dohrn?

latest AP headline: Bide... (Below threshold)

latest AP headline: Biden, others hit the airwaves to counter Palin

Hmmm...anybody recall a GOP frenzy to rebut Biden last week?

I think the problem we have... (Below threshold)

I think the problem we have is that the media DOESN'T ask questions; it prints rumor or fabrication. I'd love it if someone were to ask "Is this credible?" when the Koskids throw up whoppers. Or perhaps, ask some doctors about the pregnancy. You know, make an attempt at journalism even if the story helps your side (while maintaining you don't really have a side, of course).

Good call, Brant. Can you,... (Below threshold)

Good call, Brant. Can you, even for the briefest second, imagine the mainstream press to run with stories that one of Barack's kids was actually fathered by Jeremiah Wright or some such nonsense at the suggestion by Michelle Malkin or similar? I mean, they can hem and haw all they want, but all you have to do is point at John Edwards to know they're full of it when they deny this type of bias.

No, instead we are now being lectured by the media that Obama has more experience than the GOP veep pick, because of the size of his campaign. Someone else said it earlier - unbelievable as it sounds, the press is citing his experience running for president as his qualification to BE president. Heck, it seems like McCain's been running for president for about 20 years, he'd make an even better president than Obama!

I've put together a page <a... (Below threshold)

I've put together a page Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Tom Brokaw and others twinge where they are still saying;

    There is one important thing to point out. The media is not attacking Sarah Palin. The media has done investigative pieces, in their job, about the way Sarah Palin was chosen.
maggie:That's the th... (Below threshold)
cirby:

maggie:
That's the thing, though - almost all of the stories about Obama's time "organizing" the communities he was in are just retypings of what he put in his books, with a few nice comments thrown in by the folks who paid him - and the stories aren't consistent, starting with his pay scale.

Something that gets COMPLETELY glossed over is that his training as an "organizer" was in the style of Saul Alinsky, one of the more famous (or infamous) radicals of the early 20th century.

Rasmussen:Over ha... (Below threshold)

Rasmussen:
Over half of U.S. voters (51%) think reporters are trying to hurt Sarah Palin with their news coverage, and 24% say those stories make them more likely to vote for Republican presidential candidate John McCain in November.

Thirty-nine percent (39%) also believe the GOP vice presidential nominee has better experience to be president of the United States than Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

I'm still waiting for the m... (Below threshold)
Master Shake:

I'm still waiting for the media to pick up the story about Obama's sexual escapades with gerbils in lederhosen.

cirby #14 -- you are right ... (Below threshold)
Edward Sisson Author Profile Page:

cirby #14 -- you are right to focus on Alinski. His techniques are fundamentally deceitful. A key element of his program is that the organizer singles-out a politician or other prominent individual and demonizes him/her -- targets them. The group unites emotionally in the process of the targeting. And when one target is "used up," they move on to another. It is all set out in a book by an academic who praises and likes this -- the book is Organizing the South Bronx. The deliberate deceit is all set out there.

This is what being a "community organizer" means. I encountered it in the early 2000s, when the mainline Episcopal church whose vestry I was on was approached by what appeared to be a local grass-roots group. Not so -- they were just one of more than 60 such church-organizing Alinski groups nationwide (the umbrella is called the Industrial Areas Foundation). Alinski's influence on the left has been a disaster -- for the left. And you can date its influence to the period after Johnson and during Nixon, in the lead-up to Watergate -- in which Hillary, who wrote her thesis on Alinski, took a legal role (not at the top, she was just starting out). Her whole generation of leftists has fallen for this, and guess what -- it doesn't work.

The left is saying today that "Jesus was a community organizer." But Jesus was against scapegoating, targeting, demonizing. On the vestry I was on, I saw this in the local Alinski group, and that's what made me fight to stop it (and, fortunately, we won; it failed to get our church). Jesus would never have been an Alinski community organizer -- He stood against that. In fact He was a victim OF it.

Of course the media is stil... (Below threshold)
Susan:

Of course the media is still having a hissy fit. They weren't consulted, and they didn't get to "vet" her! So they mock, and what happens? She turns into this powerhouse of a candidate, which they obviously weren't expecting.

Poor babies.

From The Zombies:
Well, no one told them about her
And then they crucified
Well, no one told them about her
And those reporters cried...

You can read the rest of it here: grandrants.wordpress.com

Wayne"There is one i... (Below threshold)
Wayne:

Wayne
"There is one important thing to point out. The media is not attacking Sarah Palin. The media has done investigative pieces, in their job, about the way Sarah Palin was chosen. "

The MSM have been attacking often with lies. Claiming that McCain vetting process was flaw because there is some dirt they can dig up is pathetic. That would be similar to saying the NE Patriot recruitment of Brady was flaw and show bad judgment by the Patriots. After all his numbers and stats prior to signing including that one minicamp was not that good. Also everyone else pass him up in the draft. The Patriots saw something others didn't and it paid off big time.




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