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Thursday, September 4, 2008

The Love Affair Is Over, Right?

posted by on September 4 at 12:11 PM

No more donuts with sprinkles, right?

One of the things that the press loved about John McCain was that—unlike the ravers and paranoids that compromise the Republican base—McCain seemed to like reporters, he respected them, the role they play in our democracy, he let them ride on his bus (!), and McCain didn’t engage in a lot of biased-librul-media rhetoric. It was exciting, no doubt, for the media elite to contemplate a presidential race that included a GOP nominee who wouldn’t indulge in a lot of gratuitous media bashing. (Just, you know, the usual gay bashing.)

But now that he’s the nominee, McCain is adopting all sorts of new positions—on drilling, on the environment, on taxes, on abortion—to appease the haters that are the GOP base. (Be careful there, old man, or you’re going to injure yourself with those contortions.) And, after last night’s Palin speech, we can add knee-jerk media bashing to the list….

“I’m not a member of the permanent political establishment,” Ms. Palin said in her remarks, which took aim at the news media as the crowd began lustily booing the press. “And I’ve learned quickly, these past few days, that if you’re not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone. But 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.”

So… Sarah Palin is going to Washington to serve the people of this country and not, you know, reporters and commentators. They’re not the people of this country. They’re… well, what exactly are they? (Maybe they’re dangerous secessionists who hate America?) Perhaps a reporter or a commentator could ask Sarah Palin what exactly they are if and when the GOP’s VP nominee gets around to holding a press conference.

Bring proof of citizenship, media elite.

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Really interesting read from Politico on the sudden librul medya bias...please read, Dan, you'd like it

Posted by Jake | September 4, 2008 12:18 PM

So, when Palin got her passport, was it for the Independendent Republic of Alaska?

It will look great next to the Panamanian birth registration of John McCain ...

God, Sarah's whiny. Don't know if I can survive two months with that voice ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | September 4, 2008 12:24 PM

People at my office are buzzing about how Palin "hit it out of the park." It's depressing and it's making me start to worry.

Posted by LDP in Cincinnati | September 4, 2008 12:28 PM

Has anyone else noticed that Sarah Palin is George W. Bush circa 2000 with better hair and bodacious tatas?

Posted by Original Andrew | September 4, 2008 12:32 PM

waaa waaaa Sarah's bashing the press! waaa waaaaa

gee the daily kos said she faked having a baby and the media picked up on it and now they complain about that!

and the alternative press like the Stranger makes jokes about Palin being like Adolph Hitler. And they complain!


Posted by PC | September 4, 2008 12:37 PM

Have we all looked at the Sarah Palin entry on Wikipedia today? My how it has grown. This made me laugh and laugh... From 2003 to June 2005, Palin served as one of three directors of "Ted Stevens Excellence in Public Service, Inc.,"

Posted by Phenics | September 4, 2008 12:41 PM

She didn't bash lefty bloggers and foul-mouthed faggots, PC. She bashed the reporters and TV news anchors in the hall—the national and White House press corp. They're the ones that have spent the last 10 years licking McCain's ass up and down.

Posted by Dan Savage | September 4, 2008 12:42 PM

I have to hand it to them; they played it really well. The press reaction on a 24 hour news cycle to a largely unknown candidate was predictable. They've tapped into existing prejudices about the media and our celebrity focus to turn her from a question mark to 'What were you thinking' to sympathetic figure to legitimate player in exactly five days...all while pretending the entire circus wasn't entirely a product of their own timing, refusal of access, and avoidance.

Posted by bohica | September 4, 2008 12:51 PM

Okay, STILL nothing about Top Model on Slog? WTF, Dan.

Posted by Greg | September 4, 2008 1:17 PM

Dan, read number 8 - yes, they did.

This might be very painful in the next two weeks while Obama goes thru major changes to cope.

If this woman comes to Washington to campaign for Dino, Gregoire is doomed.

Posted by Louis | September 4, 2008 1:20 PM

Given this states large dumping ground for the mentally unsound (today's Seattle PI story, right hand A-1 column) and the business as usual practices preached in the past...standardized rhetoric and stereotypical smirking like

" send the help north to Alaska and the bank will keep the note here at home for you until you get back...",

it is not suprising to see Senator McCains running mate is doing time for Alaskan policy mistakes and the ever shadowy history of military and strategic initiate oil rights against the enviornment.

This state use to pride itself on strong Democratic strengths in the polls and power structures of Washington D.C., and I think we should all take the lessons of glee club and remember the real issues are the continued set of power structures weeding the last of our regions transportation hubs into the red blue fight song.

Follow the money, education and family names and there you will find the gathering interests in seperate zones and buffers between old class style and new labor lower income american "it's good to feel chipped today mind setters."

Long live the the new "quiet zones" of the world.

Oh ya... and don't forget next round of red rovers.

P.S., I hope McCain holds the military industrialists budget committes feet to the fire and DEMANDS better use of our legislative and budgetary comptrollers.

Posted by dan kieneker | September 4, 2008 1:20 PM

How dare anyone criticize the media or poke fun at anything they do. How dare they!?!

It's hard to tell who's more sensitive sometimes, a reporter's subject or the reporters themselves.

Posted by PA Native | September 4, 2008 1:29 PM

I want to know if she has even ever been to Washington D.C.

Posted by Tally | September 4, 2008 1:40 PM

I don't like Palin either, but you are reading more into her remarks than they will bear. First of all, if you want to prove that McCain has turned on the media, perhaps you should quote *him* instead of somebody else. Second, Palin didn't necessarily say she wasn't going to serve reporters and commentators (for dinner), just that she wasn't going to seek their good opinion. And frankly, batshit crazy though she may be, good for her.

Surely we wouldn't want a liberal politician who put the good opinion of the press corps over serving the needs of the people, either. (Not that they're mutually exclusive, but Palin didn't imply they were.) And can anyone familiar with the work of the press corps seriously doubt the first part of her statement? (Dennis Kucinich, anyone?) If you find this part of her speech objectionable, all that free CNN food Anderson Cooper hooked you up with must have gone to your head. All that crap she spewed yesterday and you get pissy about THIS????

And will Palin's remarks prompt tough questions from spurned journalists at her next/first press conference? That'll be the day. When the press hits Republicans, Republicans hit back and the press soon cowers into line (Carly Fiorina: "The Republican Party will not stand by while Gov. Palin is subjected to sexist attacks"). When the press hits Democrats, Democrats sit around twiddling their thumbs and staring into space (Howard Dean: "I don't watch that much cable"), when they don't join in.

Posted by David | September 4, 2008 1:42 PM

All that the women at my workplace heard was Fear and 9-11 ...

But hey, if McCain can't get the job he's "going to Washington" for done in 38 years there, how's he going to do it in 4?

Posted by Will in Seattle | September 4, 2008 1:42 PM

@3: you're in Cincinnati. a city that is filled with republican douchebags in a greater proportion than anywhere in america east of texas.

i know, i grew up on the West Side & lived in OTR until i escaped to Seattle. my siblings & i are the only liberals in our entire family. Cincinnati (or the suburbs of, actually) is selfish, provincial, ignorant white people afraid to set foot in Findlay Market.

take a deep breath & wait for the debates. in fact, watch obama take on o'reilly tonight. he's unflappable & he's going to win.

Posted by max solomon | September 4, 2008 2:04 PM

Somebody needs to hit HER out of the ballpark.

Posted by twee | September 4, 2008 2:20 PM

@3: What max said @ 16. Except that Cinti city proper has voted reliably Dem in national elections of late. Hell, Obama crushed Clinton in Hamilton County (Bush "beat" Kerry 50.8% to 48.7% countywide in 04, not considering voting irregularities). So the westsiders and exurbans are causing most of our SW Ohio prollems.

Posted by emma's bee | September 4, 2008 2:58 PM

Actually, the GOP is losing the exurbs in the West rapidly.

They're too practical not to react to continual incompetence on the part of the Red Bushies like McSame.

Posted by Will in Seattle | September 4, 2008 4:05 PM

Palin is hopelessly muddled and reactionary, not to speak of being very much a part of the right-wing fringe. Her support of Republican failed policies prohibiting sex education for kids and supporting "abstinence only" for teens and young adults betrayed her own daughter who clearly believed her sex life was not just about "abstinence only". Palin's daughter is fortunate since she has rich, now famous, parents to help her and her kid-husband. How many pregnant teens enjoy such financial advantages? Palin makes me sick. I fought for years in the courts for women. Now I have Palin jumping onto my coattails and onto the paths for women I helped paved. How did it come to this?

Posted by Pat Barry | September 4, 2008 5:54 PM

@18 & @3 Proud west side resident and Obama supporter here and I'll thank you to shut up.

Posted by ferretrick | September 4, 2008 7:48 PM

Hey, @21--can you get your buds together to vote out Chabot?? Or at least pull down all those anti-Planned Parenthood signs on every other lawn?

Posted by emma's bee | September 6, 2008 4:20 PM

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